We are excited to provide high quality programming not normally seen in middle schools. We have identified areas of need that are not addressed through ordinary funding. These programs are grouped in the following manner:
1) 8th Grade Trip to Washington D.C.
2) Project Passport Experiences that provide the opportunity for scholars to journey to places such as Costa Rica or Africa.
3) Summer College Experiences that place scholars at different college campuses for purposeful academic enrichment
4) Special Projects- such as our playground
Washington D.C. Trip
At Galapagos Rockford Charter School, we believe that one of the key ways to ensure equitable opportunities in education is to actually provide programming that would compete with some of the most successful schools in the country. This is the genesis of our innovative Project Passport program in which we send scholars to locations that they would not normally have the opportunity to visit.
In 2019, Galapagos Rockford Charter School will send our fifth class of 8th grade scholars to Washington, D.C. for three days in June. Scholars will be immersed in the history and culture of our great nation. For some of our scholars, who rarely travel out of their own neighborhood, this trip could be nothing short of a life-changing experience.
Project Passport to Costa Rica
For the third year in a row, the Galapagos Project Passport program will send a group of scholars to Costa Rica. Our scholars will work with biologists while hiking into the rainforest. Scholars will visit a Costa Rican school, sample Costa Rican food and immerse themselves in a unique country in which the military was abolished nearly seventy years ago and conservation is a key policy for all. The opportunity to explore another country can be life changing. That is the reason why Galapagos Rockford sends up to ten scholars a year to spend a week in Costa Rica. Our scholars get the chance to travel the Costa Rican countryside, explore fruit stands offering exotic fruits, visit an internationally renowned university, and that’s just the first day! Scholars sleep in the rain forest, work with biologists to create habitats for local wildlife, and discover the sights and sounds of the forest at night. For the last couple of years, we have visited a local school to which Costa Rican students walk nearly an hour and a half to get to class. Our adventures have even taken us to the far reaches of the indigenous Bri-Bri community bordering Panama. It’s an opportunity that is earned by our scholars and requires a lot of hard work but in the end it’s pura vida.
Summer University Programming
In 2019, we will send our scholars to three different universities. For the ninth year in a row Galapagos will send up to twelve scholars to Northwestern University’s Gifted and Talented Camp. For the third year in a row, we will send up to twelve scholars to Northern Illinois University’s STEM camp. Finally, we will send our second group of scholars to Harvard University for Model United Nations camp. This program allows our scholars to assume ambassadorial roles to debate and negotiate topics ranging from nuclear proliferation to gender equality.
These amazing educational opportunities, will not be available to our scholars without your assistance. Please choose the program below that you would like to donate to:
Project Passport- Africa (Uganda and Rwanda)
Galapagos is excited to partner with the Global Living Institute to expand Galapagos’ Project Passport Program to include Africa. This amazing program will send two Galapagos alumni in 2019 to Uganda and Rwanda. In 2020, we hope to double that number to four Galapagos alumni. Scholars will travel with students from other parts of the United States to participate in a youth summit with high school students from a variety of African countries. Students will work together at the summit in Uganda while also having time to explore the region. Scholars will visit an African market place, meet with village elders and spend time on a safari. Finally, scholars will visit neighboring Rwanda to learn about the genocide that enveloped that nation in the 1990’s while discovering how the nation undertook one of the more successful reconciliations displayed by humanity in the 2000’s.