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Galapagos Elementary Charter School

Preschool | Grades K-8 | City of Chicago SD 299
3814 West Iowa St
Chicago, IL 60651
(773) 384-9400

About This School

Galapagos Elementary Charter School is located in Chicago, IL and is one of 639 schools in City Of Chicago School District 299. It is a charter school that serves 350 students in grades K-8.

Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Galapagos Elementary Charter School's test results to learn more about school performance.

In 2011, Galapagos Elementary Charter School had 12 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Illinois average is 16 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

Student Ethnicity (2011)

Students (2011)

350

Students Per Teacher (2011)

Female/Male (2011)

54% 46%

Subsidized Lunch (2011)

92.6%
eligible

District Spending (2010)

$11,303
per student
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Galapagos Elementary Charter School Reviews

By , a Parent on

Galapagos has really gotten better. I think the teachers are harder working and the principal works very hard.  They provide my baby private tutoring, they started a basketball team and are sending the eighthgraders to Washington.  More people should know about the good things Galapagos do.

Reviewed on

The school just started a pretty cool program.  It's called G Corps and it is basically a full time tutoring and mentoring program for all the middle school students.  Every child is assigned a tutor that they meet with every day.  It's like private tutoring for free.  I had never heard of something like this before and I am amazed at the dedication of the G Corps staff.

By a Parent on

My son comes home every night saying he likes school.  He doesn't like all the kids but he likes his teachers.  He feels like his teachers like him and that they teach well.  He's been in 16 different schools, and he's said that about only one school...Galapagos

By a Teacher on

This school is a joke. Every year the administration starts with an almost entirely new staff.  Most of the staff are TFA teachers who have never been in a classroom before and have only had a few weeks of training.  The teachers that do hold degrees and have experience do not stay at this school because of the dysfunctional administration.  The administration has no idea what they are doing with the curriculum, the students or the staff. Students often get the same curriculum year after year, with 3rd graders and 5th graders taking the same assessments. Then, teachers who make it two years are often promoted to administration roles with only 2-3 years of teaching experience.  The test scores show that this school is not doing better than the neighborhood schools.  Why is it still open?  Why aren't they on probation?  They have the teachers "pretend" when they walk-throughs and the CPS committees come through. But, all you have to do is look at the numbers and realize that this school should not be open.

Reviewed on

I disagree with the last two reviews. I have seen great things happening at this school over the years. The school works really hard with the students and it shows. The work I have seen some of the kids do surpasses that of what manny of the high school kids in the area do. When you talk to a Galapagos kid they become immediately animated about their future and the fact that they will go to college. This is not a sentiment shared by neighborhood kids who go to other schools in the area.

By a Parent on

The school curricular is great. Also all the teachers that attend really care . But honestly the scholars are rude, disrespectful, and out of control . Not one of the most recommended schools in Chicago , but it will do, only because of the environment its in .m

By a Parent on

THis is a fairly decent school. The staff needs direction. This school changes teachers every year and they are not consistant with the curriculum. There are extremely strict with discipline and do not expect the children to defend themselves. They constantly loses children because they are not well put together as far as the administration.

By a Parent on

It's a good school I don't like there school drop off and pick up policy becuz they tell you to have your kids there at 7:45 and when they get there they don't let them in the school until 8:00 and that is not the kind of neighborhood you want your kids standing outside waiting to get inside of the school and if they come in 1 min past 8:00 they're counted as tardy and thats not right I think they should give them a 15 min grace period, but that is the only issue that I have with the school becuz my son is coming along very well he has learned a lot.

By a Parent on

This is a great school.  My son has learned so much.  Everyone seems to care.  All of the adults there want the best for all the kids.  I wouldn't send my child anywhere else.

By a Parent on

When my daughter first went there I thought it was great, everything always looked good.  But no one really seems happy, the kids and teachers seem to work hard but they always sad.  I have seen lots of good teachers leave and it seems that they are fired and not quit.  I like that the school is a safe place but I don't think any kids are having any fun.

By , a Parent on

I believe there is more to the turn-over of teachers at galapagos than the parents know about!  Teachers there seem to work really hard and seem like they care, then they are just gone.  My kids have gone there for three years and I agree that the turn-over is real bad.  I think that the teachers need to be supported more.  Especially form those in the office, they seem to treat there teachers wrongfully and fire too many good teachers.  The children are also horrible and teachers get frustrated.  If something doesn't change I will have to move my kids also.

By a Parent on

sounds like the children are horrible and don't care that's probably why there is a high turn over rate. If kids and parents didn't care I wouldn't waste my time there either.

By a Parent on

When my children first attended Galapogos 2 years ago I was extremely excited to see how they were improving academically.  There test scores were up and there grades good.  But somehow this school has taken a turn for the worst and its affecting the students dramatically.  The teacher turnover rate is unbelievable. This year my 4th grader was instructed by 3 different teachers and vast number of substitutes within the last 20 weeks of school and as a result of this majority of these students received poor grades this semester.  Our children need instructors who care and a school with some type of stability.  Things have to change around here or else I'll be forced to find another school for my children.  

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