Accessing excellent education to achieve a fulfilling dream can be challenging for low-income students (rocketeers) which led to the formation of Rocketship Education. Rocketship is a non-profit chain of public elementary charter schools that help the community to educate their children at an affordable cost. Headquartered in Redwood City, Rocketship was founded in 2007 by John Danner and Preston smith. Currently, the network has sixteen charter schools in Concord California, Washington D.C., San Jose, Redwood City, Nashville, and Milwaukee.
Rocketship Education works with organizations, educators, and parents to create a platform of quality public education putting low-income students on their highway to college. For example in San Jose since their founding in 2007, many high performing public charter schools for the low-income communities have been established. According to a study done by CREDO at Stanford University, English learners and rocketeers in San Jose gain more a month of additional learning in math and reading.
For the achievement of Rocketship Education, districts like Franklin-McKinley School and Alum Rock Union Elementary School District partner with the charter schools to improve the students and increase their readiness for college. Moreover, entrepreneurs such as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have donated to the schools in various aspects.
At Rocketship Education, parents get to choose the teachers that will teach the charter schools before classes kick off. According to Preston Smith, the CEO of Rocketship Education, parent participation in the interviews has always been a culture of Rocketship which began in San Jose in 2007. Three to six families will go through a training process so that they can be among the panelists during the interviews.
To enroll as a student at any Rocketship Education charter school, a student applies. Application occurs through filling out a form that only takes a few minutes. Submit and wait for feedback from the school to take your child as a rocketeer. Through supporters who fund the program, many students who had lost hope because of their background, are now happy with rocketship education. Their hopes of joining college have been restored with the intensive and high-quality education they receive.