Rocketship Education has been in operation since 2006. Six years after its establishment the California based institution had successfully set up five schools in San Jose. They are determined to offer the very best educational services to their students in preparation for their college years. They offer free lunch for most of their students and have helped to improve their proficiency in English. The non-profit network was established to help the less privileged children gain access to a good elementary education.
The network has drawn praise from different quarters thanks to their tech-centered innovative model of education. It has made a name for itself among charter networks in the country. A lot has been said about how it runs its affairs. Time and again, however, the network has been able to rise above criticism by offering even better services. The challenges they face are not in any way different from what other charter schools have to deal with.
A recent article by Kamenetz of NPR painted Rocketship in a bad light. It elicited mixed reactions from both critics and supporters. The network was able to stand its ground and set the record straight. It was repeatedly described as a company and this went a long way in undermining its non-profit label. The controversy that the article brewed could however not come in the way of the progress they have made over the years.
Since its establishment, the leadership of Rocketship has worked to build a school model that would help transform the lives of the underprivileged. Preston Smith and John Danner, the founders, were driven by a desire to bridge the achievement gap between the affluent and the needy in the society. Their efforts have borne great fruits over the years.
Their model has been geared to meet the personal needs of specific students. They rely on technology to support the teachers as they instruct students on different subjects. The parents are not left behind in the learning process. They are encouraged to actively participate in the education of their children. They have also succeeded in bringing the school community on board. The end result is a community that appreciates the value of each other and is able to stand up for its rights especially the right to quality education.