The Center for Creative Learning (Grades K-5), Academic Stretch (Grades 6-8), and the Secondary Gifted Program (9-12) comprise the Rockwood School District's program for academically gifted students. All students involved in the program meet criteria set forth by the school district and approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The faculty of the overall program consists of 35 elementary school, 10 middle school and 7 part or full time high school teachers who provide services to gifted students.
In addition, Rockwood employs a Director of gifted programs, on-site psychometrists and counselors, as well as a variety of support staff personnel. Curriculum in Rockwood's Gifted Program is developed to meet the specific learning needs of gifted children. These needs vary from student to student but generally include the ability to learn with fewer repetitions, the tendency to be affected by social issues, the ability to think logically to solve problems, the capacity to manipulate multiple pieces of information at one time, the ability to reason by analogy, and the drive to be in charge of their own learning.