Rocketship Education was founded by John Danner and Preston Smith in 2006. It is a non-profit group of elementary schools providing education to children from low-income homes. The organization’s first school was opened in San Jose in 2007. In its early years, students scored highly in the California state assessments. The school earned praise as an innovative school for students from low-income homes. The reputation helped Rocketship Education to expand quickly and open additional six charter school in San Jose.
The restructuring of the school’s leadership made Danner to leave the company, and Smith was given the CEO position. The company opened its first school outside California at Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2013.It has since opened its branches ai Tennessee, Nashville, Redwood City, and Washington D.C.
The school has established a sustainable and scalable school model, a step that has eliminated the achievement gap. The instructional model at the school is and technologically supported. The approach has created personalized learning that matches the needs of every student by giving the right content and the right time. Rocketship Education molds parents into lifelong advocates of their children as well as the community. By working alongside the community organizations, other chartered schools, districts, parents, the organization is eliminating the achievement gap in the society.
Fighting for Equity
The school’s management that every learner has potential and that, a good public school will enable them to unleash their potential. Since the quality of public education in the US depends on the financial well-being of parents, the Rocketship Education organization is establishing a movement that will create equity in education countrywide.
Partnership with Parents
With a goal of eliminating the achievement gap in the society, the organization is developing strong partnerships between parents and schools. Partnership helps teachers to understand students in detail and their unique needs. It also recognizes the role of parents in the education of their children.
The school’s elementary teachers are subject experts with specialties in STEM and Humanities. It enables teachers to create collaborative grade level teams that work in unison in creating lesson plans, developing classroom management strategies and engaging parents.