When we think of schools, we typically think of learning, preparation for college or careers, and the many related intricacies of education.
Unfortunately, however, millions of low-income families send their children to schools with poor curriculum, effectively wasting students’ time. While some families can afford to enroll their kids in top-notch, expensive private schools, very few households living in low-income areas can say the same thing.
Rocketship Education is a line of public charter schools, all of which are in areas characterized by general economic disadvantage. Even though its test scores are as high as or higher than nearby private schools, Rocketship Education also makes another promise to its students – to never leave them behind.
February, 2017 – San Jose, California
In San Jose, California, where Rocketship Education was founded, there’s a creek running through town named Coyote Creek. During the cold winter of 2017, in February, the creek flooded.
Over 14,000 individuals in San Jose had to evacuate their homes.
Third-grade Rocketeer Cesar was one of them.
Rocketship Education was there to help Cesar’s family and 30 others ravaged by the flood, by providing households with prepared meals, necessities, and equal shares in $62,000 it helped raise just for the occasion.
About Rocketship Education
Public schools in the United States consistently are outperformed by their private counterparts. Private school students’ parents typically must fork over expensive tuitions in exchange for higher qualities of education.
While wealthy families sometimes forego the option of private school, low-income households don’t have that liberty. Fortunately for the 17 areas around the United States that Rocketship Education serves, its facilities offer low-income students, on average, better educational experiences than their private counterparts.
Rocketship Education was organized in 2006 by John Danner and Preston Smith. In 2007, its first academic year was kicked off in a San Jose church, the nonprofit public charter school then unable to secure funding for a full-fledged school building.
The system primarily operates in low-income areas, with over 80 percent of its enrolled students hailing from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds. Rocketship Education has expended virtually every year it’s existed, and maintains operations from the Pacific Ocean coastline to the nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C.