Rockford Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in Illinois, educating more than 28,500 students through early childhood and preschool programs all the way through high school and adult education programs. There are 44 schools in the district. Those who live in or are planning to move to the Rockford area can use our school zone locator to determine the assigned school zone. With approximately 4,700 employees, the school district is also the second-largest employer in the region. Rockford Public Schools strives to be the first choice for all families.
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.
College and Career Academies
High school students are part of a college and career academy. Academies are small learning communities that provide real-world experiences with local businesses and professionals, linking schoolwork and the workplace.
The mission of Rockford Public Schools is to collaboratively engage all students in a world-class education. The opportunities for growth are as varied as the students themselves. If you have questions, please contact us using Let's Talk!