The Unique Ways of Rocketship’s Education

Rocketship Education is a charter school network that is headquartered in Redwood City, California. They opened their first school in San Jose in 2007. Over the next five years thereafter, the flagship school earned a high reputation among alternative schools for low-income students when they scored as high as those attending in the Palo Alto District. Rocketship opened a school in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area-their first school outside of the state of California-in 2013. They have since opened two other schools in two other states.

Many Rocketship parents have so highly praised the schools for being high-performing that low-income parents have fought very hard to keep sending their children to them. In May 2015, Rocketship co-founder and CEO, Preston Smith submitted an opinion article to San Jose Inside stating that their schools are working to flip the script for low-income families during the hard economic times. He has been an educator for over 15 years and has stated that he has seen many of his former first graders be the first in their families to attend traditional four-year colleges.

Stanford University CREDO (or Center for Research on Education Outcomes) also did a study which included Rocketship schools. They found that, on average, low-income and ESL (English Second Language) students were gaining over a month of additional learning levels in reading and math for every year that they attended San Jose charter schools.

Another thing that makes Rocketship schools unique is that parents get to know the teachers very well in advance and choose to hire them to teach their children. The cirriculum at Rocketship is blended and catered to the students personally with parental involvement being a core value. Parents also interview the teachers ahead of time and even receive training to do so as panelists. It works both ways because it also weeds out candidates who are not truly ready for a level like Rocketship’s.

Rocketship Education is the Fresh New Look in Education

Rocketship Education has been in business since 2006 and it has been very successful in supplying high-quality education to distressed economic areas in the United States. Rocketship is a non-profit charter elementary school network that prides itself on supplying opportunities for students no matter what their background.

In many lower-income population areas, the tax base has all but disappeared so there can be a severe shortage of quality education. The lack of funding makes it very difficult for a community to build and maintain a quality educational system. As a result, the children often suffer from a real gap in education which will affect them for the rest of their lives. It is the avowed goal of Rocketship Education to erase this gap in education in our lifetime.

Rocketship believes that each child has unlimited potential and that with proper education and opportunity that potential can be unlocked and made a reality. Core values such as respect, persistence, responsibility, and empathy help students become better citizens as well as better students.

The real key to the success of Rocketship Education is the partnerships that are formed between the parents, the expert educators, the community, and the students. When the parents of the student become fully committed to their child’s education that is when the miracle takes place. Even students who are way behind, in the beginning, make astounding strides with parental backing.

The core curriculum consists of the Rocketship STEM program which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. In addition studies in history, art, music, cooking, and gardening add to the mix of training a well-rounded child. All phases of instructional learning are used including larger classroom sessions, advantaged use of technology, and tutoring that is focused on the student’s needs.

The results of Rocketship education speak for themselves. The average Rocketship student is ready for graduation a full year sooner than their counterparts who are being educated in the public schools.

When Rocketship alumni reach middle school they are much more adept at learning new subject matter than students who have attended public schools. They are also more adept at social and emotional skills.