Enroll Your Scholar

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 It’s time to apply for 2019-20!  

Just follow the link, on this page, to apply.   Once you have completed the application you will be provided a position based upon a first come first serve basis into  Galapagos Rockford Charter School.  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.    

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 kindergarten spot must be five by August 20, 2019.

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 10, 2018 and March 10, 2019 will be included in our lottery which is held on March 13, 2019.

  • When is the Galapagos lottery?

    The Galapagos lottery is held at 6pm on March 13, 2019. The lottery is open to the public. It is held at our Lower Academy at 2605 School St.

  • What happens at the lottery?

    At the lottery, Galapagos staff will use a random system to select children to be offered spots for the 2019-20 school year. We will 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 2019-20?

    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 completed 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. These forms are sent home in Wednesday folders or can be picked up at the front office of either campus.

  • 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 10, 2018 and March 10, 2019. 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 20, 2019.

  • Do I need to pay a tuition?

    No, GRCS is a tuition free school.

    There is an annual activity fee of $65. This fee is reduced to $35 for the second child and $10 for the third child and there is no charge for additional scholars. This is paid only once a year.

    Additionally, returning parents can receive up to 50% off of the next year’s activity fee through the GRCS discount.

  • What if my question is not answered here?