Rocketship education is an educational concept that has spread throughout the country. The non-profit organization builds charter schools that focus on less fortunate families. The concept was introduced by Preston Smith and John Danner. They opened their first school in the San Jose area and had immediate success with the institution. The San Jose School became the prototype for other schools that were soon to follow. Rocketship Education quickly built six more schools in the San Jose area.
The Rocketship charter school concept spread out of California and made its way to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Nashville, Tennessee Washington. DC soon became apart of the program in 2016. There has been a great deal of funding pushed the toward the organization as it continues to have success. Professional athletes such as Andre Agassi have been very involved with the Rise Academy in Washington, DC. CEO Reed Hastings donated two million dollars of his own money to the Rocketship Education program in the Bay Area. Barack Obama’s Presidential Administration also donated two million dollars to the charter school concept.
Rocketship Education brings a different concept to education that involves online courses and in-classroom teaching. The organization has relationships with many different successful educational programs such as Team America. Team America works with college students and helps them get educational jobs. The charter school idea is meant for low income families who are less fortunate than those in better circumstances. Statistics show that 86% of students in the Rocketship Education programs are from low economic backgrounds.
Rocketship Education is successful because it is versatile and adjust to every type of student. The program is intended to educate the students and their teachers as well by blending traditional instruction with targeted tutoring. There is also a focus on helping parents understand what students learn in school.