This is quite simply just a great school. They believe in the basics. The principal Ms. Dentzer makes sure that all the kids work hard.
Galapagos Rockford Charter School is a charter elementary school in Rockford. The principal of Galapagos Rockford Charter School is Mr. Michael G Lane. 100 students go to Galapagos Rockford Charter School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 84% of the 100 students here have subsidized lunches. Lewis Lemon Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
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Galapagos is a special place. Every adult there has one goal in mind to make sure that all of the students go on to college. This is very different than what you see at most of the schools in Rockford.
I do believe that the school is probably better than our local public ones but personnel is not trained to deal with children with disabilities. I would expect administration to do something about it but unfortunately not much is done. And CEO seems to be unwilling to deal with the situation at all. I don't know if it's a budget issue or they are just like pretending that problem doesn't exist.
Galapagos has done so much for my child. They have pushed her to work harder. When I compare the education my daughter gets at Galapagos to the education my othe children got at Rockford Public Schools there is a huge difference. My fifth grade daughter at Gslapagos is doing harder work than my ninth grade son at RPS. I only wish Galapagos would open a high school.
I must say I like the teachers and they like to interact with the parents which is a plus! The school lacks of air conditioner which makes that place really hot during the summer and makes me think how can the staff take that while the assistant dean has a personal air conditioner in her office. My complaints about the staff is that they are not trained to handle kids that misbehave. They seem to have 4-5 kids in their office and being yelled at by the administrators in the office. Another complaint is that they do not have a school nurse which is very essential to a school. I think they should be a little more organized.
You know a school is doing something right when your child comes home and says that she is learning more than she had at her old school. This is exactly what is happening with my child at Galapagos.. I just enrolled her at the school this year and I already notice a change. She is reading more and liking it. Rockford needs more schools like Galapagos.