Founded by Preston Smith and John Danner in 2006, Rocketship Education is a non-profit charter school organization being praised for its innovative approach to teaching, as well as the high-test scores garnered by students at its flagship school in San Jose, California. With a blended approach to education, combining traditional in-person teaching with computer aided lessons, Rocketship has managed to keep costs for tuition at a reasonable price, meaning those who may have not had the opportunity to attend a charter school in the past now do. Rocketship Education puts a focus on the relationship between teachers, students, and parents, even going so far as to allow groups of parents to interview and influence the hiring of teachers and administrative staff. Rocketship is truly putting education back into the hands of the people.
In San Jose, Rocketship Education has been partnering parents, educators, and communities at large to provide a new type of quality educational environment for students who may have not had the opportunity before the entrepreneurial organization. Since Rocketship’s initial opening in San Jose in 2007, twenty five new public charter schools have opened in the area offering new educational opportunities to low-income communities. Subsequently, Rocketship has opened four districts since the success of their San Jose locations. The organizations first school outside of California was opened in 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The charter school has become so successful that in 2015 over 400 parents in Redwood City, California, organized a successfully campaign to bring the organization to their city.
The statistics seem to back-up Rocketship’s innovative approach to education as a study funded by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes found that students attending a high performing charter school received an additional month of learning in math and reading per year. Rocketship themselves have shown the amazing results of their program with the incredible overall test scores that continue to come in from their charter schools across the nation. With an innovative approach to teaching, administration, and funding, Rocketship Education is an organization committed to providing new educational opportunities to those who need it most.