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RPS 205 Culture

We are #RPS205PROUD at Rockford Public Schools. We are creating a culture where staff, students, families and our community can be proud to claim, support and call home.

We're focused on our workplace culture and celebrating our values, and we're telling our stories on the 205 VIBE. 

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The 205 VIBE is a great way for staff to use their voice. Staff share stories on this multimedia platform about what is happening in their classroom and at their school, learn from each other and our community, and celebrate student and staff success. The 205 VIBE also features shoutouts for staff to celebrate when they're living the values. This tool unites our 41 schools and dozens of programs into one collaborative community and district.

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Living the Values has quickly become our unofficial motto! We have 4 core values that we pride ourselves on incorporating into our daily lives.  

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Continuous Improvement

Focus on Growth

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Work Together

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Accessible & Responsive

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Students First

Cost of Living

Rockford's cost of living is 10% below the national average. That means your dollar will go much farther in Rockford than in many other cities. To compare the cost of living between cities, check out this cost of living calculator:

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What Rockford has to Offer

Rockford’s nickname is The Forest City. That’s appropriate for the home of Rock Cut State Park, but we have more than trees. Take a closer look... 

Explore Rockford’s cultural and historical landmarks, like Anderson Japanese Gardens, Klehm Arboretum, Tinker Swiss Cottage, the Laurent House and Burpee Museum of Natural History. We’re also home of the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick!

Want to learn more about Rockford?

Check out Go Rockford