Rocketship Education was founded in the year 2007 by John Danner and Preston Smith. It is a non-profit organization based in Redwood City, California. The schools apply the technique of blended learning model with adaptive software to improve students’ achievement. The primary purpose of Rocketship Education is to provide its services to students from low-income families within its neighborhoods through its network of public elementary charter schools. The organization is convinced that the schools can not only educate the students but also engage parents, empower teachers and inspire the community.
Rocketship schools are built upon and around communities. They offer opportunities to members of communities around them teach and be mentored by good teachers. The schools are also relevant to the communities since they pick units which they consider culturally pertinent to the students. They reflect the vision, values, and purpose of each community. The Rocketship Education is lauded for providing support staff and teachers with intensive professional development and support.
Every Rocketship school has five core values. Four of the values are shared across all Rocketship Education Network while the fifth is chosen by the parents and teachers of the school. The four core values shared among them are respect, responsibility, empathy, and persistence. The students of these schools also referred to as Rocketeers recite a creed embedded with this core values every day. They are also taught to live them and practice them within the school and in the community as a whole. The fifth core value is chosen based on what the parents and teachers consider illustrative of the school’s unique character and vision.
The core values go hand in hand with the mission of the school which is to prepare the students to thrive in school and beyond. This mission is made possible by equipping the students with critical charter skills. Since most of the students come from high-povert communities, according to research, most of them suffer from toxic stress compared to middle and upper-class neighborhoods. Toxic stress makes it challenging for the students in these areas to deal with their emotions, handle conflicts and impair their approach towards provocations. The Rocketship Education, therefore, creates a consistent, positive and predictable school experience to enable them to develop social-emotional skills. The social- emotional skill will help the students to excel in the classroom and the outside world