Rockford’s First Charter School

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Galapagos Rockford Charter School is a public charter school serving the children of Rockford, Illinois.

Galapagos Rockford Charter School is a college-preparatory K-8 school focused on preparing its scholars to become responsible, productive, college-educated adults, capable of adapting and prospering in a changing global economy.  Galapagos Rockford uses data-driven instruction to target the learning needs of each scholar to ensure that no scholar is marginalized and each scholar is achieving academic growth at an accelerated rate.  During an extended school day, Galapagos Rockford implements a rigorous curriculum in math, reading, language arts, science, social studies, wellness and fine arts.

Galapagos Rockford was founded in 2009 and was the first charter school in the city.  Since that time, Galapagos scholars have performed at levels above the other charter schools in the city.  The goal at Galapagos is to become the top performing school in the city. 

Galapagos is a non-selective school, meaning that children do not need to test into the school.  In fact, the focus of Galapagos is to service children who may not have been best served in other schools.  In some cases, this means that the child is behind, in other cases, this means that the child is not being challenged and requires more rigorous work.

Galapagos is proud to have served the community for eight years and invites all families to consider Galapagos for their children.  GRCS has two school buildings to serve our growing scholar population. 


The Lower Academy, serving grades K-4,  is located at 2605 School St. Rockford, IL 61101.

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GRCS Lower Academy

The Upper Academy, serving grades 5-8, is located at 3051 Rotary Rd. Rockford, IL 61109.

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GRCS Upper Academy