Project Passport

 

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 rainforest, 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 where 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.

Galapagos is the only school in Rockford that offers this opportunity.

 

 

A right of passage for many American students, trips to Washington D.C. can be out of financial reach for many others.  Thanks to generous private donations, Galapagos Rockford has been able to help assist over one hundred eighth graders on this trip to our nation’s capitol.  Scholars reinforce their knowledge of American history as they visit the Lincoln, WWII and Vietnam memorials among many others.  Over the years, scholars have gone to Arlington Cemetery, the Bureau of Engraving, Ford’s Theater, Congress and the Holocaust Museum.  Along the way, scholars have run into President Obama’s motorcade, the Dali Lama and Vice President Pence.

Galapagos is the only public, middle school in Rockford that offers this opportunity.

 

Galapagos Rockford Charter School has partnered with Northwestern University for the last ten years.  Since 2009, Galapagos has sent scholars to Northwestern’s Gifted and Talented program to  spend up to three weeks on the Northwestern campus.  During this time, scholars live in NU dorms, eat in college cafeterias and take classes on the NU campus.  Classes are high interest, rigorous programs that range from coding, to Shakespeare to forensics among many others.  Scholars are not only exposed to engaging academics but they also have the opportunity to meet and share the experience with children from around the world.  Over one hundred Galapagos scholars have had the opportunity to participate in the Northwestern program.  The majority of our scholars receive scholarship support that, since the inception of our partnership, has exceeded $150,000.  Many scholars have returned to Northwestern for a second or even third year, including some of our alumni.

Galapagos is the only school in Rockford that offers this opportunity.

 

Galapagos is excited to have grown it’s partnership with Northern Illinois University from one scholar participating to twelve in one year.  Galapagos scholars spend a week at Northern Illinois University working on a variety of science and technology based projects. Scholars learn physics through rocketry and help design robots that can traverse water.  Along the way, scholars get their first taste of college by living on campus and meeting children from throughout the Midwest.

Galapagos is the only school in Rockford that offers this opportunity.

 

The Model United Nations program is a rigorous program that allows scholars to explore the same topics debated by the nations of the world.  Galapagos scholars develop skills such as research, debate, negotiation and public speaking as they advocate for topics related to nuclear disarmament, human rights and environmental standards.  Through this program, Galapagos scholars have spent part of the summer training at Harvard University and will compete in United Nation simulations in Tennessee and Ohio.  Just recently, our group had the pleasure of meeting an actual Foreign Service Officer from The U.S. State Department. 

Yep, you guessed it, Galapagos is the only school in Rockford that offers this opportunity.