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* Offers Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) special program
** Offers Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) & Gifted Academy special programs
*** Offers Adult Education program


Andrew Smith works with Barb Dowdakin on classroom strategies.


At Rockford Public Schools we believe in creating opportunities for staff to grow.

RPS 205 teachers have access to more than 250 in-district professional learning opportunities annually. Additionally, all RPS 205 employees are eligible for many post-secondary learning opportunities through numerous partnerships with higher education institutions. We are committed to helping employees reach their full potential.

Aspiring Teachers Program

The Aspiring Teachers program lays a foundation of success for student teachers. Student teachers who participate in the comprehensive year-long training will receive $15,000 annually and are eligible for benefits.

RU Urban Education Master’s Program

Rockford Public Schools and Rockford University have partnered to create a tuition-free Master’s of Education degree in Urban Education. The goal of this two-year cohort program is to create culturally responsive and scholarly teacher leaders who are equipped to promote student achievement in Rockford.

Career Pathway Development