Ten Years ago, Rocketship Charter school was born. Started in a church in San Jose, California, this new type of school has learned a thing or two about serving its community and impacting lives in the ten years its been around.
The first thing the school would like parents and students to know is that personalized learning starts at home. They believe that every student has specialized needs and interests and that it is important to meet those needs. By building good relationships with families, Rocketship has been able to gain a better understanding of each child. The school also believes that to change the school system, they must make more demand for elementary charter schools.
Rocketship schools were created in part to let parents exercise their right to send their child to a good public school. That’s why parents are held to such high honors in the Rocketship schools- they need to be able to advocate for their child’s education.
Another belief is that real inclusion benefits everyone- the ones being included and the ones including. That’s why Rocketship values diversity– diversity creates inclusion. Diversity is important to the school, but what is more important is making sure that every child has a quality school near them, even if that sometimes means sacrificing diversity.
The term “actions speak louder than words” is one that the Rocketship founder finds important. He made sure to send his children to Rocketship, because he wanted people to know that if he sent his kids there, it was a good school. Part of the reason the Rocketship founder believes his schools are so good is the flex learning model. The flex model is based on goal setting and encouraging feedback.
Rocketship schools are public charter schools in California. It’s mission is to provide high quality schooling for all children, and give them the chance to discover through personalized learning.
The first school was launched in San Jose, California in 2006 by Preston Smith and John Danner. Schools have now spread to Milwaukee, Nashville, and Washington DC.