Rocketship Education is a nonprofit system that operates public elementary charter schools for underprivileged families within California, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C. Rocketship has formed several core principles in the way students are educated over the years. These ways of teaching have a large positive impact on students and make Rocketship unique.
Personalized learning is something that Rocketship is known for. Students, oftentimes, have completely different lives outside of the classroom, especially low-income households. This is what Rocketship has understood, and they came up with a plan to grow a personal relationship with the student. They decided to implement yearly visitations to the home of the student and build a new type of approach to learning.
What about students with disabilities? Well, Rocketship has a program where students with disabilities are in ordinary classrooms for most of the day. About 20 percent of the time is used to assist these students and provide them with the help they need. Rocketship believes that including every student in the community brings a necessary awareness that could otherwise be lacking. There are some concerns with this method, however the advantages for the school community outweigh the disadvantages.
Rocketship Education has embraced the role technology plays in the everyday lives of students. They understand that incorporating these technologies in the curriculum can bring a wealth of tools to further benefit students learning experience. Teachers are very active, especially with parents when it comes to the important education of students. Rocketship encourages parents to be a part of every aspect of their child’s life, all the while ensuring that students see the possibilities ahead of them.
Preston Smith, the co-founder and CEO of Rocketship Education, does not see Rocketship as a private school by any means. He believes that public schools are what truly bring people together. Public education is open to everyone, just like Rocketship, and in honor of public education, Rocketship Education has been renamed to Rocketship Public Schools.