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Alternative Education

This program serves Janesville students in grades 9-12 who have been unsuccessful in the “regular” school environment. These students may be experiencing difficulties with attendance, peers, family, or the community. Students have a shortened school day and take classes in the core areas of Math, History, Science, and English, as well as Teen Leadership, a speech and leadership course. Among students at Rock River Charter School, those in the Alternative Education program experience a school day most like that of a traditional high school.


The electronic learning program at Rock River Charter School uses online courses developed by PLATO Learning Company (visit their website at Students in the program work at their own pace with online tutorials and teacher support. Students must be at least 17 years old, in their fourth year of high school and have 13.5 credits to enter the e-learning program. Students attend school for two hours per day, ten hours per week, but have the option of spending additional time working on courses from any computer with internet access.

GED Option 2

The GED Option 2 program serves students who are at least 17 years of age, senior status, and are credit deficient. Students must score a minimum of 225 on the Reading MAP test and at least a 230 on the Mathematics MAP test before they can enter this two semester program. While in the program, students pass the four GED tests as well as earn additional credits in the areas of civics, health, employability, and elective areas. Students learn in a structured classroom setting as well as completing online classes. Community service is also a required component of this program.

School Age Parent Program (SAPAR)

This two-semester program serves Janesville students who are pregnant or parenting. Curriculum in this program includes two classes to meet the specific needs of teen parents: Parenting and Social Issues. The Parenting class helps prepare students for the stages of development during pregnancy and early childhood. The Social Issues class provides information regarding adoption, family functions, self-esteem, abuse, and careers. Community experts, including pre-Nursing students, present to the class. Additionally, the teen parents take a variety of field trips to learn about community resources as well as about post-secondary opportunities. For core academics, the teen parents take classes with the Alternative Education students.

Reading and Math Program (RAMP)

The Reading and Math Program (RAMP) is a two hour course at the Rock River Charter School. The course is designed to help students improve in their reading and math skills, with the goal of being accepted into the GED O2 program.

To Apply

Once you have reviewed the different programs we offer and you feel that Rock River Charter School might be a good fit for you, please fill out the online application below. Alternatively, you can print a paper copy of the Application. To submit the the printed form, call the school and make an appointment to drop off the application. All applicants must also complete a STAR test. Please call 608-752-8273 to schedule the test.

After submitting an application and taking the STAR test, all candidates will then be lotteried for placement on our Waiting List. As seats become available, applicants are contacted to schedule an Enrollment Conference which must be attended to secure enrollment. If Rock River is unable to contact the applicant or the Enrollment Conference is skipped, the student may be placed at the bottom of the Waiting List.