Rocketship is a network of schools started by Preston Smith and John Danner in 2006. The organization is in California. The first school was launched in 2007. Over the years, the group established more schools in the state of California. In 2013, one of the founders, Mr. Danner left the company, and Preston Smith was named CEO. The organization has additionally opened other schools outside of California. There are schools in different states such as in Wisconsin, Nashville, and Washington. The company runs a total of 13 schools.
The organization is nonprofit and receives funding from well-wishers. For instance, former tennis top player, Andre Agassi funded Rocketship organization and even helped start one charter school in Washington through the Turner-Agassi, Charter School Fund. The fund helps students in charter schools in urban areas all over the country. Rocketship schools also receive resources and other forms of support from other groups such as Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg together with his wife have not only poured their wealth to them but also provided engineers to local charter schools. Netflix CEO has also provided funds to support education.
Rocketship Network of schools is different from other schools as parents are involved in choosing teachers. The parents get to interview job applicants before classes commence. Parent participation is paramount in the schools, a feature that has made Rocketship to be highly accredited. This style allows for the learning to be personalized. Parents are trained to interview the job applicants. The parents take this task very seriously. The school also has community meetings to meet finalists for the interviews. It gives an opportunity for the parents to see what kind of people their children are working with. It also helps build relationships between parents and the school. To further improve this connection, the school officials also plan home visits to students’ homes.
Rocketship schools further mix their traditional teaching with digital teaching. This makes administration less expensive. The group of schools targets students from low-income families to improve their education. The Rocketship organization also works with community organizations to ensure the students get the best education they can.