Rocketship Education was brainstormed in 1999 to serve low-income students who can’t afford high-quality education. Rocketship schools are based in Redwood City, Calif. This charter school was founded in 2006 in San Jose, Calif, by Preston Smith and John Danner. Rocketship schools serve the states California, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and in Washington, D.C. Students are taught at levels kindergarten through fifth grade. Apple Tree Institute in Washington, D.C. has a special preschool. By 2017, Rocketship Schools was changed to Rocketship Education. The charter school employs 501 to 1001 people.
Rocketship began in 2007, opening its first San Jose school at the Mateo Sheedy School. In four years, the Rocket schools expanded to five special schools in the San Jose area. Two years later, the Rocket schools opened the first Wisconsin school and its eighth school in San Jose. More than 400 parents ran a campaign to open a rocketship school in Redwood, California in 2015.
In addition to providing a quality education, 90 percent of the students qualify for the free lunch program. Of all the students in the rocketship school program, 75 percent of the students speak English as a second language. Every child enrolled in the program has a better chance to one day get into a four-year college. The students who have been a part of the rocket program from the beginning went on to regular middle school. The rocketship students were more advanced than the students who previously attended regular elementary schools. Prior to rocketship schools, children from low-income families have been known as low performers. The system has been working for over 12 years to change the image of children from low-income areas. High achieving students have typically come from affluent neighborhoods. Generally, children from affluent neighborhoods are qualified for academic help that low-income families aren’t. Read more about free lunch program here https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/is-a-charter-school-chain-called-rocketship-ready-to-soar-across-america/2012/07/29/gJQASrShIX_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.247aab0b56cf (edited)
Parents want to send their children to the best schools. One of the top reasons people choose the neighborhoods they move into has to do with the quality of the schools. Rocketship schools enrollment have 70 percent of children from impoverished neighborhoods. Rocketship schools will close the economic gap. Read more here.