Rocketship Education is a charter school network that was founded in 2006 by Preston Smith and John Danner. Its first school was opened in 2007 in a church in San Jose, California, and since then, several more schools have been started in areas that include Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Nashville, Tennessee and Washington, DC. And because of its popularity and progress, over 400 parents in the Redwood City, California area campaigned to have one of these schools built there in 2015.
Personalized learning and talent development are two of the things that are offered at Rocketship schools, and parents are encouraged to be involved with their children’s educational needs by actively participating in helping them to continue to progress, and by communicating with their teachers and holding them accountable when it comes to the methods they use to teach their children based on their individual learning abilities.
The founders of Rocketship Education are thought to be the pioneers of personalized learning, and the school is classified as an innovative alternative school that serves low-income students and communities. It has 15,000 students, and its low-income population is around 85%. The non-profit school is considered to be a high performing one in underserved communities that have limited access to the best educational institutions.
There are approximately 1,000 employees at Rocketship Education schools, and they are provided with continual training that helps them to better serve their students. The employees’ opinions are valued, which is one reason why they enjoy working there. The school also has teacher appreciation days to honor the educators who go above and beyond to provide students with what they need to succeed at learning at their own rate.
Rocketship Education offers an excellent public school education, which is most likely why it expanded so quickly in the San Jose, California area, where six more schools were opened up within a 5 year period after its first school was started there. Its been in operation for 10 years, and the employees are continuing to learn how to better serve the students and communities that are involved with the successful alternative school.