Father Mateo Sheedy observed the public school system in Washington and saw a gap. He involved two individuals, Preston Smith and John Danner, in his efforts to create better schools for kids from low-income families. After the priest passed on, Preston and John delivered the dream in 2007 by opening Rocketship Education in Bay Area. The school rapidly expanded to other areas like Milwaukee, Nashville, and Washington DC. Today, the network boasts of 18 public charter schools operating on a non-profit basis.
Rocketship Education believes in a strong education foundation for all children. The school focuses on elementary schools with the aim of graduating students who are headed for the university. The school records high performances since its inception, particularly in math, English, and language arts. The high performance can be attributed to the unique teaching model adopted by the school. Rocketship Education treats every student according to their uniqueness. The individualized training ensures that the children grow to become well-rounded students. Rocketship borrows some instructions from the traditional teaching model and merges them with technology to bring out an effective teaching approach.
Rocketship education endeavors to bring up students with strong values so they can easily co-exist in the school and their communities. As a norm, the students recite their creed on the five core values at the beginning of each school day. These values are respect, empathy, responsibility, persistence, and gratitude. The school has a social-emotional curriculum that is taught to the students. In the end, students emerge emotionally strong to care for and relate well with other people as well as thrive regardless of life challenges.
Parents Own the School
Rocketship Education works as a team between the management and parents. The school has training programs for parents that empower them to be in control of the school’s happenings. They are engaged in every aspect of the school, including inspecting ongoing construction at the facilities. Rocketship Education is the first school to engage parents in hiring teachers. The school prepares them in advance by giving them interviewing skills. This method has been effective in getting the right candidates for the jobs. The parents also have the chance of gauging the right individual to entrust with their children’s tutoring.