A non-profit charter school, currently being lauded for their innovative approach to education, as well as the high test scores achieved by students at their flagship campus in San Jose, California, Rocketship Education was founded in 2006 by John Danner and Preston Smith, and opened their first school in the aforementioned San Jose in 2007. Making use of both traditional teaching methods, as well as computer aided strategies, Rocketship has taken a blended approach to education, which has managed to keep tuition at a cost that allows for educational opportunities to those who may have not had them before. With a focus on teacher, student, and parent relationships, Rocketship is putting education back into the hands of the people.
Since the induction of Rocketship’s inaugural school in San Jose in 2007, the organization has opened twenty five new charter public schools in the area, providing a host of new educational prospects to low income communities. Rocketship has teamed up with community organizers, educators, and parents, in San Jose, to offer a new kind of quality educational environment not provided to the area, or it’s residents, by the traditional school system. These successes have led Rocketship Education to open four more districts including the first to open outside of California in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2013. In 2015, in Redwood City, California, over four hundred parents successfully organized a campaign to bring the charter school to their area.
The success stories of Rocketship Education have only been backed up by the statistics, including one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes, which reported that students who attended a charter school which was high performing receive an additional month per year of learning in reading and math. With high test scores rolling in from all four districts that Rocketship now currently boasts, the program is proving it’s successes, and the effectiveness of it’s teaching methods, all on it’s own. With it’s unique and potent approaches to funding, administration, and education, Rocketship education is putting education back into the hands of those who deserve it most.