Rocketship Education is a non-profit charter school system that starts elementary schools in low-income areas. In most of these proximities, a tax base is non-existent or very low, and the lack of public funds makes it nearly impossible for the community to afford quality education for the children living in that area.
This is where Rocketship Education comes in. They believe that each child has unbounded potential and if unlocked, that potential can mean huge differences for that child in the future. Education is presented in an exciting and engaging way so that children become excited about learning. In other words, they learn how to learn.
A key to the success of Rocketship Education is the partnerships that are created with the community, the parents, the expert instructors, and the students. The parental partnership is especially important because when a parent is “all in” about their child doing well, it makes all of the difference in the world to the student.
Rocketship results are astounding, as studies have shown that Rocketship students are ready for graduation a full year ahead of their peers who attend public schools. Alums of Rocketship schools who go on to middle school have been found to be way ahead of their peers as well. Their social and learning skills, for example, are way ahead of their public school peers. Their confidence levels are very high as well, studies show.
Utilizing the best of technology, small groups, and personal tutoring, Rocketship Education teachers utilize different methods to empower students to take command of their own educational process. In addition to rigorous math, science, reading, and social studies, students also are involved with art, dance, music, cooking, and gardening. The emphasis is not only to master the basic courses that are necessary, but the students are allowed to branch out into some interesting life courses.
The four traits of responsibility, respect, persistence, and empathy are ingrained into the program so children understand that these are traits that not only good students have, but good citizens possess as well. It is important for students to understand themselves as well as others in the environment around them.