Unfortunately, the public education system in the United States has, over the years, been worn down and in some cases rendered inadequate by underfunding and mismanagement. This trend is especially notable in low-income areas where schools tend to be overcrowded and staffed with underpaid and overworked teachers. This all culminates in students underachieving time and again causing a gap between them and their counterparts in middle and upper-class communities.
If we are to help these kids achieve their dreams and goals, there needs to be an institution in place that can combat the achievement gap that infects public school systems throughout America. Luckily there is Rocketship Education, a non-profit public charter elementary school whose sole purpose is eliminating this exact problem. Founded in 2006 by co-founder and CEO Preston Smith, Rocketship Elementary operates six elementary schools across the nation ranging from pre-k to 5th grade. They rely on donations, investments, and grants to maintain financial stability and offer schooling to kids whose families otherwise could not afford to send them anywhere other than a district public school. Since their inception Rocketship Education has continually shined with success stories, students achieving higher scores than their district educated counterparts, and a business model that has expanded from a single school inside a church in San Jose, California to six locations nationwide. With these sorts of accolades, no wonder Rocketship Education is skyrocketing to success.
What sets Rocketship Education apart from the traditional public school model is that great care is taken to focus on three basic components that when brought together spell success for the student. There is a level of personalization to every student’s training that allows them to explore subjects and learn in their own way and at their own pace. The teaching staff at Rocketship Education is highly skilled and specialized in either STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) or the humanities. Parents are not only encouraged to participate daily ion their children’s education but are also shown the necessity of advocacy for their children in the face of a public education system that often disregards and ignores at-risk youths.