Rocketship is a non-profit group of public elementary charter schools established in neighborhoods where top schools are limited. Rocketship has come up with a simple way to teach children; this is through blending the usual traditional methods of teaching with online assisted instructions. These methods of learning help keep the administrative costs low while increasing the students’ academic achievements.
Rocketship was started by John Danner and Preston Smith in the year 2007 in California and has since grown to other regions like Nashville and in Washington DC. Authorized by independent statewide entities, the counties, states and districts, Rocketship schools have charters for them to operate. Since Rocketship was started, it has been operating on grants and funds provided by the government.
The Rocketship program teaches children the values of responsibility, respect, gratitude, empathy, and persistence. These values equip children for a better and even brighter future ahead of them. Children with special needs like autism, speech-language impairment, learning disabilities and any other health impairments are welcome, and their curriculum is well taken care of.
Parents’ involvement in the school’s activities has significantly been emphasized. Parents have been involved in building a foundation academically in the schools. They get to interview the teachers who are yet to be hired; this way they will get to know who their children will be dealing with in their school days. Parents are also allowed to meet and interact with the teachers to create a healthy relationship with them. Parents also get to inspect the school’s facilities while being built. Only qualified staff who have undergone thorough interviews from both the schools’ officials and the parents get to be employed.
While Rocketship schools seek to eliminate the achievement gap in kids from poor neighborhoods, they also help educate kids from all races and ethnicities, inspire the community around, engage their parents and also empower the teachers who teach in these schools.
To enroll in these schools, parents only need to apply. If the applications exceed the available slots in the school, a lottery is performed to select a few filled student forms randomly without discrimination.