Rocketship Education is a system of public charter schools that are popping up in low income and/or at-risk communities throughout the United States. The mission of Rocketship Education is to empower students who may not have the best opportunities in education due to their economic status. The schools provide top-tier educators, the latest technology, and a safe, structured, positive, and challenging environment that many poor students would not have access to in traditional public schools.
Rocketship Education has implemented an innovative theory on how a school system should work. The company is seeing so much success that it is turning the traditional school system on its head. One main characteristic of Rocketship Education’s system is how much parents are involved in the school’s functioning. Parents get a very large, in-depth role in many aspects of the school. A great example of this is that the school allows a select group of parents to interview applicants for teaching positions just like an administrator would. The parents are allowed to give their input to the principal, and the principal takes this information into consideration during the hiring process. At Rocketship Education schools, parent involvement often starts long before the employment process. Parents of students attending the schools are able to tour buildings as they are being built, becoming familiar with the layout before the school is even finished.
Rocketship Education is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The school provides free public education to low-income families while still offering the best opportunities in education. The school currently has locations in:
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Milwalkee, Wisconsin
- Washington, D.C.
- The Bay area in California
Rocketship Education will continue to expand, working towards meeting their goal of bridging the achievement gap between low-income education and high-income education. With the positive results that the school system has already had since its inception in 2006, this goal will be achieved in no time.