Charter schools each carry their own philosophy on what provides the best learning experience for students. Rocketship Education’s goals are a bit loftier than the average school. Their mission is to create a sustainable program that eliminates the achievement gap within our lifetime. With goals like this, it is going to take a comprehensive plan to reach them. Luckily Rocketship Education has the strategies to match its ambition. They employ several approaches to address the unique needs of the student in underprivileged communities. These techniques include community and parent involvement, family support and child-specific education.
Rocketship Education has been listed in the top 10% of all Califonia schools serving low-income communities since being founded in 2006. It also has expanded to operate 20 schools located in the District of Columbia and three states. Their philosophy of creating a support network for students begins with the school’s direct involvement. When San Jose flooded many students experienced conditions that threaten to destabilize them and make them unable to receive the education they deserve. Concerned for their student’s welfare as well as feeling compelled to alleviate stress on struggling families Rocketship Education sprung to action. They reached out and partnered with local Catholic charities. Together, they were able to raise over $60,000 that was badly needed by families.
By addressing this struggle that underprivileged homes face students were able to return to their studies much faster and their parents were able to remain focus on their child’s success. Rocketship Education believes that the achievement gap can be tackled by not only supporting families but involving parents. When selecting instructors the charter school program focuses on finding teachers with strong backgrounds in key STEM fields. They also make sure that every instructor hired is prepared to go the extra mile for each and every student. In this spirit of dedication and a personal touch, teachers are required to go to student’s homes and meet with their parents. This meeting goes beyond getting to know each other, it is a foundation for the joint effort of ensuring student’s success. Together the teacher and parent can work together to address any difficulties a student may face.