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Rocketship Shifting Focus To Reduce Achievement Gap

Rocketship Public Schools Formerly Rocketship Education has changed the attitude towards education. The public charter school network is dependent on state money and investment from sponsors and has an annual budget of $52.6 million. Recently the school slowed its expansion cycle to only two new schools per year but the size of the classrooms has been enhanced to accommodate more students. These super-large classes are run by two teachers and an aide, and they allow for specialized teaching and the use of computers in class.

The school has adopted a hybrid system of teaching that combines conventional instruction with personalized tutoring and online learning. The K-5 schools have received investments from various quarters including a $250 million expansion grant from the Education Department and from Tennis guru Andre Agassi, Netflix head Reed Hastings also supported the school’s growth in Bay Area with a $2 million donation. In Washington, D.C, the schools partnered with Apple Tree Institute to offer preschool services.

With the stellar score on national tests, the school is the best alternative for low-income communities. With 70% of its student base learning English as a second language, the school’s enrollment is pegged at 86% for disadvantaged. The main aim of the school is to reduce the achievement gap between the low-income and immigrant communities and their wealthier counterparts. With the success of its flagship school the Mateo Sheedy Elementary School in San Jose California, the school went through a rapid expansion that saw it expand to Nashville Tennessee and in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

The school also runs a leadership program for teachers and principals. This has elevated the institution to the height of the education sector, and with the goals, it has set being met, it is bound to rise even higher. The school recently underwent a leadership change when co-founder John Danner left, but it still held its course. The school also launched QueenHype, a program aimed at empowering girls, especially in communication. With a focus on discipline and attention to its students, Rocketship has changed the fortunes of those with low socioeconomic backgrounds.

Category: Charter School