Rocketship Education was founded in 2007. Founders, John Danner and Preston Smith, created a network of charter schools that started in California and now has locations spread all around the country. A major focus of the program is working with low-income families. Their goal is to provide high quality elementary education for a cost that is affordable to everyone.
The Rocketship program incorporates adaptive software into their model for learning. This allows the students access to a more personalized education. This model allows the student to learn at their own pace using a system that is designed to fit their personal learning style. The students also receive traditional classroom learning and have access to tutors and mentors.
Teachers and educators benefit from working with Rocketship as well. The program offers support to its teachers through coaching and professional development. One of the objectives of this is to promote a long-term view of the teacher’s regarding their careers in education. The goal is to provide their staff with the training and tools to grow as teachers and beyond into roles of leadership.
Rocketship has twelve locations in the bay area of California. They have a total of 18 public charter school locations across the US. Over 85 percent of Rocketship students come from low-income families that would otherwise not have access to this type of education. Rocketship encourages the families of its students to become involved in the learning process. They hope to motivate parents toward becoming more active in their communities.
There is a known disparity in academic achievement among groups of people in the US that is often defined by factors such as socioeconomic status. This disparity is often referred to as the achievement gap. Rocketship Education was created as a method for narrowing that gap by educating and empowering students, teachers, and parents to transform their communities.