Our children are the future and deserve the very best we can provide. This especially applies to the quality of education they receive. Unfortunately, many public schools suffer from inadequate funding which leads to crowded classrooms, underpaid and overworked teachers, and lackluster performance from students. This can be most destructive for elementary age children who will take those underachieving habits with them into high school as well as throughout their lives.
Picking up good habits and a desire to learn gives budding students a gigantic advantage over those children who do not, which is why Rocketship Education strives to eliminate the achievement gap linked to the poor socio-economic conditions found in so many areas of America. It is a sad fact that kids raised in low-income areas are far more likely to go to poor quality schools that many will never graduate from. This is what Rocketship Education exists to combat. They are a public non-profit charter elementary school system with six locations nationally that provide elementary level students a better chance of success. This vision, which was adopted with the school’s formation in 2006 by CEO and co-founder Preston Smith, hopes to end the economically based achievement gap plaguing these children.
Rocketship Education is exceptional in that they function on a tripartite system relying upon personalization, teaching staff, and parents to help students realize their maximum potential. Every student has some part of their curriculum personalized to their learning abilities and interests, offering a distinct opportunity they would not find in a traditional public school. The teachers at Rocketship Education are well trained and focused in either STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) or the humanities, and will work together to develop an integrated curriculum that students will prosper from. Parents are shown the necessity of advocating for their child in an educational organization that neglects and disowns students who come from economically depressed areas. This is all accomplished according to a core set of values including persistence, responsibility, empathy, and respect. Rocketship Education believes in the latent potential waiting to be unleashed in every student and works to offer that opportunity where others fail.