Rocketship Education, National, and Nonprofit Elementary Charter School

Rocketship Education is a national, nonprofit making elementary charter institution that is offering its services to low-income earners with limited access to great schools. The school was founded in the year 2006, and it is a nonprofit corporation whose agenda is to minimize the achievement gap.

This is achieved through the creation of sustainable and scalable institution model that supports student achievement in underserved society across the country. The core of this institution’s instructional model is the technology supported technique, teacher-led, and personalized learning. Rocketship Education provides its students with the right information at the right time, making them utilize the correct instruction.

Rocketship History

The institution was founded in the year 2006 by John Danner and Preston Smith. It opened its first branch in San Jose in the year 2007. At its flagship, the school was able to provide excellent results making it earn praise as the most innovative option for low-income students. As a result, the institution was able to grow opening up six more charter schools in the larger San Jose area.

In the year 2013, the school was able to open its first institution outside California. The school was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During the following year, Rocketship Education expanded its school network to Nashville, Tennessee. And in 2016, the school expanded further to Washington, where its K-5 schools offer preschool.

Rocketship Education and its Response to Media

The school’s administration was not happy with the NPR’s unbalanced profile on the issue of the charter network. The Rocketship Education community largely criticized the NPR, its supporters and journalists for lack of breadth and balance. The piece was also criticized for not painting the network’s internal activities. Also, the NPR report did not compare and contrast the Rocketship Education with the neighboring schools for respective readers to have a balanced view of the issue.

The NPR report mainly relied on the problematic activities to create a story that was completely irrelevant. Also, it was discovered that other charter institutions face the same challenges. According to the Rocketship Education’s author and journalist, other schools have tight discipline, ritualistic procedures, long hours and high pressure just like the Rocketship.