Charter schools are making a name for themselves in the educational system as they continue to offer more integrated and hands-on approaches to meeting a student’s academic and developmental needs. Rocketship Education is a non-profit network of public charter schools that is taking some ground-breaking steps toward the advancement of education for young students. The two-story building houses students from kindergarten to fifth grade. The school was founded in 2007 in the Bay Area and has now expanded to 18 schools with locations in the Bay Area, Milwaukee, Nashville, and Washington DC. Rocketship Education has gained a valuable reputation due to strong test scores and incorporating online and computer-assisted instruction into its traditional teaching which enabled administrative costs to stay at a minimum. The school’s instructional infrastructure consists of social-emotional learning and integrates Rocketship school’s shared values of respect, responsibility, empathy and persistence.
The recognition that Rocketship has received is due to the fact that the schools are accessible to students from poverty stricken neighborhoods, as well as to students from diverse backgrounds. The approach the school takes strives to bridge the gap between teachers and parents and allows the community to lay the bricks of the school’s foundation. During the process of the school’s opening, parents interviewed potential teachers and the parents’ feedback determined whether or not an offer was extended. Within the school, a room is provided to parents offering them computers and Internet access while they wait to pick up their children from school. In addition, during the school year, school officials plan to make home visits to the student’s families and host events that parents can attend. These incentives are a way to encourage parents to advocate for their children, which will be vital even after the students leave Rocketship and attend middle school and high school.