Students who attend the Rocketship Education school are provided with the opportunity to be in a learning environment that caters to their particular needs. The high-performing alternative school operates in communities that are considered to be under-served or low-income, and its educators and leaders hold themselves accountable for how their students are progressing. Their teaching strategy consists of combining personalized learning with talent development while encouraging parental involvement. Founded by John Danner and Preston Smith in 2006, the school was first opened in the San Jose, California area in 2007, but in addition to being in the Bay Area, through expansion efforts over the last decade, there are several other Rocketship Education schools in places like Milwaukee, Nashville and Washington, DC., and due to its popularity because word of its effectiveness had spread, more than 400 parents who live in the Redwood, California area campaigned to have one of the schools built in their city.
Rocketship Education has a student body of 15,000, of which 85% are from low-income homes. There are approximately 1,000 employees within the innovative school, and some have said that they find it to be a great place to work, because of the fact that the leaders value their opinions and provide them with ongoing training that helps them serve the students better. They also stated that they like being part of a diverse environment and having appreciation days that celebrate the educators’ achievements. The non-profit academy is focused on giving students who have limited access to the best types of elementary schools an opportunity to get the same type of education that those who attend what are considered to be the most excellent institutions of learning receive.
After the first Rocketship Education school was opened in San Jose in 2007, it wasn’t long before 6 more of the charter schools were started in the same area over a 5 year period, due to its rising popularity. The leaders and employees of the school are considered to be the pioneers of personalized learning, and they are always finding ways to improve how they serve their students and communities.