Galapagos Rockford Charter School is dedicated to preparing scholars to be responsible, productive, college-educated adults, capable of adapting and prospering in the changing global economy.
  • GRCS offers the most robust summer programming in Rockford!

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    Summer Programs

  • Galapagos Rockford is actively recruiting for the 2022-23 school year. Please fill out an application today to begin the enrollment process.

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    Enroll Your Scholar

  • We are proud of our staff and we strive to provide all instructors and staff the tools to successfully support our scholars. If you would like to be considered to be a part of Rockford’s most elite group of educators please apply today.

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    Join Our Team

  • Our mission is to ensure that our scholars are provided with the support they need to succeed now, in college and beyond. In order to develop well-rounded scholars we provide unique experiences through our After School X program.

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    After School X

Here are some important facts:

  • 1

    Galapagos is all about the number 1.  Galapagos Rockford was the 1st charter school in Rockford.  Galapagos is the number 1 performing charter school in Rockford from 2010 to today.   Between 2012-2014 Galapagos Rockford scholars ranked #1 in the growth rate on the Illinois State assessment (the highest of any public school in the Rock River Valley.) Galapagos was the 1st school in Rockford to ban junk food and serve nutritious meals to all of its scholars.  Galapagos is the one public school in Rockford that sends its 8th grade scholars to Washington D.C.  Galapagos’ Project Passport was the first and only program to send scholars to Costa Rica.  Galapagos is the first school to offer horseback riding as an elective…we could go on and on.

  • 92

    Galapagos Rockford has sent 92 of its scholars to study at Northwestern University’s gifted and talented camp.  These 4th-8th grade scholars spend up to three weeks living on the college campus, studying topics ranging from robotics to Shakespeare.  Galapagos sends more scholars to this elite summer program than any other school in the state.  Galapagos is able to provide full scholarships to the vast majority of the scholars attending.