Our award-winning Early Childhood programs support the growth and development of young children and families. The programs empower young children to become effective, enthusiastic and socially competent learners by creating a bond among children, families, school and community.
High school students benefit from small learning communities called College and Career Academies. Our Academies provide real-world experiences with local businesses and professionals, linking schoolwork and the workplace based on a student’s unique pathway. Within the Academies, students can choose from more than two dozen career pathways that allow students to further explore career areas of interest.
We informally refer to our Fine Arts and Athletics departments as the “front porch” of the house. The front porch is the part of the house that people see first and has a lot to do with our curb appeal for families. We know having strong fine arts and athletics programs is critical to our students and staff.
Our School Board waived most student fees for the 2020-21 school year – including fees for arts/music and athletics. Our Superintendent has led this charge: “If students want to take one or more Advanced Placement courses, cost shouldn’t be a barrier,” Superintendent Ehren Jarrett said. “The same goes for participation in band, orchestra, choir or drama, or playing a second or third sport. They’re not extras. We think they’re part of the school experience.”
In addition to traditional neighborhood zone schools, Rockford Public Schools offers its students special programs designed to provide educational opportunities tailored to their learning needs and abilities. This includes the Gifted Academy at Auburn High School, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, and Thurgood Marshall School. Students in grades 6-12 who are interested in a more in-depth arts experience can audition for the Creative and Performing Arts Program (CAPA) at West Middle School and Auburn High School. Children in the Maria Montessori program are encouraged to take responsibility for their own education through the Montessori model. Kindergarten through 8th graders in the Two-Way Language Immersion program at Barbour learn to read, write, listen and speak in Spanish and English. The STEAM Academy at Haskell is a K-5 special program that integrates science and technology, interpreted through engineering and the arts, all based in mathematical elements.
Download the full 2019-2020 State of the District Brochure