Charter Schools: Another Option

By: Lauren Kravets Email
By: Lauren Kravets Email

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Most of us like to have choice and that is exactly what’s available to many District 205 parents. When it comes to their kids’ education. Moms and dads can choose between traditional public schools and charter schools. In tonight’s “Classroom Victories” report, 23 News Education Reporter, Lauren Kravets takes us to a Rockford Charter school to show us how kids are preparing for their future.

When you walk into CICS Patriots Charter School in Rockford, the hallways are a little quieter than you might expect. That’s because students help create “silent” hallways so they don’t disturb other kids in class.

“We get to learn easier and it’s better to hear so we don’t have to talk louder.”
There are definitely more voices inside these classrooms, where students get a lot of attention.

“In today’s society you have students who are performing on so many different levels academically, it’s important to make sure we’re meeting all sorts of needs of all of our students,” said Principal of CICS, Angelique Watson.

Sixth grade students here use iPods to incorporate technology into the classrooms. They can check assignments, comment on them, and even check grades.

It helps you get more organized, but it also makes you feel really responsible because you have something expensive in your hand.”
The school is also addressing social needs with boys and girls mentoring groups for 4th and 6th graders. Next year, there will also be older student mentors in all Rockford Charter School. CICS is adding a seventh grade and moving into the old Jackson Elementary school building.

It has already bought the lot to expand near its current facility and in the fall, Galapagos will open a middle school campus in New Milford to expand to 7th grade. CICS Student Aveyana Lance is excited more kids will get to experience what she does in school, like and assembly every Friday.
“It rewards people that are doing what they’re supposed to, it’s not sitting down just learning, you’re having fun,” Lance said.

When we look at meeting and exceeding standards, Galapagos showed the most growth out of all Rockford Public Schools last year. Legacy also saw an increase and CICS saw a slight drop in scores. The district also saw a slight drop to 62%.

Tomorrow on we’ll look at Alignment Rockford which is made up of community members. We’ll tell you how they’re getting involved to help improve education.

Parents can learn more information about charter schools and apply for their children at the links below:


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