LearnBoost welcomes McIntosh Elementary School
In addition to serving the west side of Rockford for grades 9-12, it houses the high school portions of the Gifted Program (Academy), the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Program, and the only Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program left in Rockford.
The Academy program is the high school component of the Rockford Public Schools' enriched program for bright students. This "special education" program continually ranks high in the state with respect to test scores. In fact, with Academy and Non-Academy test scores separated, the Academy ranked number one in the nation. The Academy-dominated quiz bowl team has placed in the Final Four in the Illinois High School Association state finals for the past seven years, including a 3rd place finish in 2007, a 1st place finish in 2008, and a 2nd place finish in 2009. The Academy program is selective, and along with Washington School, which serves grades 1 through 8, forms the Gifted Program in Rockford, with admittance based on testing.
The CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts) program is also a K-12 program, and the high-school portion is housed at Auburn, where CAPA students can take academic subjects in regular, honors, or Academy courses while continuing training in art, music, dance, or drama.
The only Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps at a Rockford school is housed at Auburn. Many of the top students in the program are a part of the Rifle Team, which is among the top teams in the state, the Drill Team, which has placed at Purdue University in the past few years, the Color Guard, or the program's new Drum and Bugle Corps.
Auburn's school complex is located across Pierpont Avenue from McIntosh Elementary school and between School and Auburn Streets. A school board decision combined the Auburn and Wilson Junior High campuses into "North Campus" and "South Campus," with the freshmen housed at the South Campus and the rest of the student body remaining at the North Campus.
Around 1970 a football stadium was built next to Auburn High school. Currently, it shares the field with Jefferson High School, as Jefferson has no home field of its own. The football field is surrounded by a new track.
The following teams have placed in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament: