Allegro Academy is a non-denominational Christian school and childcare center providing educational service to the Rockford area for more than 30 years. It is recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education for PreK through 8th grade. While many schools focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), Allegro Academy students’ education is enriched with STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
Allegro offers a unique combination of progressive and advanced academics and fine arts. Programs include visual arts, music, accelerated/gifted programs, athletics, after-school programs, clubs and extracurricular activities. Facilities include a science lab, gymnasium, dance studio and music room.
“What sets us apart is the way we’ve integrated fine arts instruction for all students,” says JeanMarie McCormack, principal. “Movement and music, art and Bible curriculum is taught throughout the week, starting in preschool. We offer a classical education that is committed to teaching fine arts and facilitating academic mastery.”
“We tailor the educational experience to the child, to accommodate individual learning styles,” McCormack adds. “We are passionate about children progressing according to their abilities and not merely age. Each child is assessed and allowed to run on his or her strengths in language arts and mathematics.”
The Allegro philosophy holds that each child is a unique creation of God, blessed with a special set of talents and gifts, who deserves to approach life with a sense of self-worth, respect for others, and a sense of his or her own personal relationship with God. “Students are given multiple opportunities to explore all of their God-given talents,” says McCormack.
A Christian perspective is part of the academic program, including daily prayer, Friday chapel and Bible curriculum taught four days a week. “We help parents to give their children a safe, enticing learning environment where their children develop to their personal level of academic, moral and artistic excellence,” says McCormack.
By setting high expectations and allowing students to progress at their own pace, Allegro creates young scholars who are excited about learning. “Our students often progress faster,” says McCormack. “Our kindergarten reads at a second-grade level. In fact, more than half of our students test two grade levels ahead of their age group.”
Allegro’s hands-on learning experiences include high-tech, from computer-integrated classrooms to SMART boards. “We’re small, which allows us to be versatile and stay on top of current trends and technology,” says McCormack. “Students utilize iPads and laptops to enhance the educational experience.
Also on-site is the Allegro Learning Center, a DCFS-licensed day care facility for children ages six weeks to five years. It includes six classrooms and three fenced play areas.