When Rocketship Education got its start in 2006, it sounded like a utopian dream, but when reality sank in several years later, people found out that the dream had turned into reality. Someone once said that if there is a need, someone will find a solution to that need and that is just what Rocketship Education has done.
Rocketship Education is a non-profit charter school network that works in economically deprived areas to establish a quality education program for elementary students. It looks for areas where there is little to no quality education available.
The results from studies that have looked at metrics of students who have been through Rocketship Education are impressive indeed. Most Rocketship students are ready to graduate a full year ahead of their peers in public schools. Alumni students who go on to middle school are much more accomplished in their academic abilities and have a higher skill level in emotional and learning skills than their public school counterparts.
One of the key areas that Rocketship uses to propel such high achievement is the partnerships that are formed with the community, parents, teachers, and students. When parents fully understand the program and buy into it, the students are just that much more motivated. Most students want to receive approval from their parents anyway, and here are their parents actively working alongside to make good things happen.
There are the Rocketship core traits of respect, empathy, responsibility, and persistence which engender the student to focus not only on their studies, but it makes them aware that there are social and demand criteria that are at stake. Classes come in many different forms, from large grouping where general concepts are discussed to smaller group sessions, and one on one tutoring.
Rocketship believes that each student has unlimited potential and that the job of the teachers and parents is to help unlock that potential. Using technology such as tablets, smartphones, digital aids, and similar functional tools, kids participate and take a hands-on approach to their learning. Rocketeers, as the students are called are exposed to a definite path of science, math, social studies and reading. In addition, they take dance, art, music, and gardening, which gives a well-rounded exposure to life elements.