Rocketship Education was founded in 2006 as K-5 charter schools in San Jose, California. These K-5 charter schools are college prep offered to a student population that has 90% of its attendees qualifying for free lunch and over 75% of the students speaking English as a second language. It is the belief of Rocketship Education that every student deserves an opportunity to attend college and with an excellent kindergarten education they are well on their way to doing just that.
There was a recent article criticizing Rocketship Education’s methods and those of other charter schools of obtaining high test scores from their students. Despite their successes, the author, Anya Kamenetz found their methods used and their organizational choices questionable. She repeatedly referred to Rocketship Education as a company, despite the fact that it is a non-profit education provider. And, she repeatedly implied that Rocketship reliance of for profit companies for supplies somehow tainted it.
If the article had been well-rounded, it might have offered more value to the reader. Instead, it appeared to be an article intending to smear the non-profit. Ms. Kamenetz seemed to be focused on supporting the beliefs of any parent who had removed their students from a Rocketship school due to their practices.
Many parents swear by the educational growth of their children as a result of attending one of the thirteen Rocketship Education charter schools. It is however, a very disciplined program, which some parents may disapprove of because of the participation requirements from both parent and child. The very busy parent may disapprove of the time commitment.
Rocketship is planning to open more charter schools is more disadvantaged urban areas in the future. The goal is to bring the best education to the less advantaged. In fact, Rocketship Education is solely focused on improved learning techniques. They are currently one on of the few schools who use the teaching assistance of the Chromebook. Currently, more than 2,000 schools are using Chromebooks to enable their students to have access to online learning. So far the access to technology has been added to an already advanced approach to teaching and its working, as is the increased parent participation in the children’s education. Rocketship students have also received 5% higher scores in math because of their access to online studies in mathematics.