Rocketship Education is a focused public charter school organization that locates primarily in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods where there is little to no quality school system. The focus is on a partnership between the community, the parents, the teachers and the students.
When students in traditional schools sit through 4 or 5 hours of lectures in classrooms, by the end of the day their minds are numb with details that they find difficult to remember which results in a hodge-podge of knowledge. Rocketship Education breaks up the day for the students with some general sessions, but also with small groups and digital learning.
Small groups facilitate more concentrate learning where questions can be asked in a small group setting and the students can participate fully in projects that are based on the subject at hand. Digital learning is great for the dissemination of facts such as math, history, languages, English and similar subjects. The students use devices that they are already familiar with such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
Rocketship Education believes that every child has potential and that it is their job to help the student uncover that potential. The heavy involvement of parents in just about every activity that the school employs goes a long way in solidifying the entire learning process. Parents are involved in lesson planning, activities, and suggestions for the school year roll on. The parents even get to choose the name of the school.
When the stakeholders realize that the success of the students is really a success for the community and everyone else. Each student is very special and the instruction is individualized to a great degree. Students are taught the importance of persistence, accountability, empathy, and respect.
The three pillars of Rocketship’s initiative includes personalized learning, the development of talent, and parental power speak to the core of the organization’s platform. Each student has the chance to develop his or her own learning experience. The teacher-led instruction is applied at the individual level so students can grasp the meaning for themselves and see how it applies personally.
It is no wonder that the average Rocketship Education student acquires enough credits and knowledge to graduate a full year ahead of the average public high school student.