Rocketship Education is a non-profit network of schools that were founded in 1999. Rocketship was founded by Father Mateo Sheedy a former pastor at Sacred Heart Parish. The motivation to start the schools is after the pastor realized the rate education disparity in the region. Most of the children in his neighborhood received a low-quality education compared to others in the country. After starting the first learning center, other parents and stakeholders joined hands to build the school network across the California. Rocketship Education is a public elementary charter school that focuses on regions that are marginalized. The school has adopted its program which is all inclusive. The program is technology oriented, and it has empowered teachers and highly engages parents in empowering the growth of the community as a whole.
The Rocketship Education network has over 16 schools located in different districts across California. Rocketship Education continues to gain national attention due to its exemplary performance compared to other public and private school. The school has a high reliance on technology, and the automation level is high, and thus it offers education service at a relatively low cost. The schools have also invested heavily in teachers. This is because the success of the students solely depends on the competence and experience of the teachers. Teachers at Rocketship Education public elementary charter school are trained on the latest and efficient teaching models.
Preston Smith is the current chief executive officer and also the co-founder of Rocketship. He is innovative and dedicated personnel. Under his leadership, the school has revolutionized the education system. The level of parent engagement at Rocketship is remarkable. Unlike most schools where parents don’t know who will teach their children, at Rocketship parents help the administration choose teachers through participating in job interviews. The personalized and blended learning methodology adopted by the schools has received national attention. Rocketship has won widespread support for its success, and integration of tradition and modern teaching models have been efficient, and the performance is today better than some of the prestigious private schools in the region. According to the C.E.O, the vision is to spread across all corners of America to reach every student who is from low-income families.