Apply for 2024-25

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The 2024-25 school year applications are available now!
(If you have any questions, please call our enrollment team at (815) 708-7946 ext. 406.

Just follow the links above, on this page, to apply.   Once you have completed the application your application will be placed into our application system. 

(If your scholar is a returning scholar from 2023-24, you do not need to fill out a new application.  You will just need to pay the activities fee for 2024-25 (available on our shop page.)

If you encounter any problems with the online application, please contact us or feel free to pick up a paper application at either of our campuses.    We also have paper applications available in Spanish, French and Arabic.

Since our first year, Galapagos Rockford Charter School has increased in size every year.  Many of our grade levels are in high demand, especially kindergarten.  Galapagos Rockford Charter School has a limited number of spots for new scholars.  In order to be considered for a spot, please fill out a scholar application.  You may complete an application online.  You may also visit either of our campuses and fill out an application in person.  The application process takes approximately five minutes.  Please fill out an application for your child or children today. We would love the opportunity to serve your family by giving your child an excellent, college-prep elementary experience!  

Galapagos is open to all residents who live within the city of Rockford and any other area served by the district.  Children applying for a 2024-25 kindergarten spot must be five by August 29, 2024.


FAQ about Enrollment and the Lottery

  • Why does Galapagos have a lottery?

    All charter schools are required to have a lottery period. This is a period of time in which any family can apply and have an equal chance of being selected. Any family who applies between December 15, 2023 and March 13, 2024 will be included in our lottery which is held on March 15, 2024.  This lottery is open to the public.

  • When is the Galapagos lottery?

    The 2024-25 Galapagos lottery will be at 2:30pm on March 15, 2024. The lottery will be open to the public.

  • What happens at the lottery?

    At the lottery, Galapagos staff use a random system to select children to be offered spots for the 2024-25 school year. We start with all children who applied for 8th grade and work down to kindergarten children.

  • How many children are chosen for spots at the lottery?

    The number of children chosen for spots depends on two things: 1) the number of spots Galapagos currently has open at that grade level and 2) the number of children who applied during the lottery period for that grade level. For example, if we have 30 spots available in kindergarten and 40 children apply, we would randomly pick 30 kids who would be offered a spot. The remaining 10 kids of the 40 who initially applied would be assigned to our wait list in the order they are randomly chosen. For example, the first child chosen after we had completed filling the grade, would be first on the waitlist.

  • If my child is chosen at the lottery does that mean my child is enrolled for 2021-22?

    No, when your child is chosen in the lottery you still need to: 1) attend an orientation scheduled at a different date 2) fill out all necessary forms and bring in all necessary information and activity fees. But do not worry, we are there to help you throughout the process.

  • Should I look for another school if my child is on the waitlist?

    No, in most cases, we are able to get your child in once we have more definitive information from our current families and scholars. For example, if a current family moves out of town a spot would open up and we would call the next person on the wait list.

  • Do I need to attend the lottery to ensure that my child is eligible?

    We recommend that you attend the lottery so that you get information on your child’s status. However, it is not mandatory. You will be sent information about your child’s status following the lottery. You will still need to attend an orientation if your child is awarded a spot.

  • If I do not apply during the lottery period can I still apply?

    Yes! We definitively recommend applying during the lottery period but if you are not able to do so please still apply. Your completed application will be added to our waitlist or if there is not a waitlist at the grade level, your scholar will be awarded a spot at that grade level. Your child will then be enrolled after you attend and complete all forms at your scheduled orientation.

  • Do I need to fill out an application if my child already attends Galapagos Rockford?

    No, if your child already attends Galapagos Rockford you do not have to fill out a new application. BUT, you do need to fill out an intent to return form and pay the annual activity fee. 

  • Do I need to fill out an application for another child if their sibling already attends?

    Yes, you do need to apply for any non-attending siblings of your attending child. Please make sure that you apply during the lottery period December 15, 2023 and March 13, 2024. If you apply during this time, your incoming scholars will be included in a preferential sibling lottery.

  • What are the requirements to attend Galapagos Rockford Charter School?

    Galapagos does not have any academic requirements for a child to attend.

    In order to attend:
    1) the child must live within the boundaries of RPS 205.
    2) the child must be in good-standing with the child’s previous school.
    3) the child must be five by August 29, 2024.

  • Do I need to pay a tuition?

    No, GRCS is a tuition-free school.  We do charge a annual activities fee of $65 for the first child, $20 for second child and $10 for the third child. For returning scholars, these rates are further discounted if you pay be the deadlines.


  • What if my question is not answered here?

  • How can I learn more about Galapagos?

    We are so glad that you asked.  We have set up a nice, informal way for you to learn more about Galapagos, we call it Cafecitos. Literally, this means small coffee.  But, this is a way that you can meet with a GRCS representative, have a coffee, an informal meet and greet and tour the school.