How Rocketship Education Helps Low-Income Students In And Out Of The Classroom

There’s a huge gap in education. Schools in wealthier districts have students who receive outstanding educations. Then there are low-income areas where because of a lack of resources the education children receive is very substandard. It’s important for society as a whole to eliminate this gap in achievement. One charter school organization that is addressing this issue is Rocketship Education.

Rocketship Education is a nonprofit that puts its charter schools in low-income areas. They help their students outside the classroom as well, such as when an emergency hits. Sometimes a student’s home is flooded and the family is forced to evacuate, for instance. The team at Rocketship Education will put together an emergency fund to help the family get back on its feet and so that the student misses as little school as possible.

Another occasion occurred in late February 2017 when a nearby creek went over its banks and into all of the homes in a neighborhood. Several Rocketeers (as the children are called) were affected. Overall 14,000 people were told to evacuate, many leaving on boats that early responders were using to save people. Rocketship Education was able to raise $68,000 to help their students and families who were affected by this tragedy.

Rocketship Education started out in San Diego. They now operate almost 20 schools that are located in three states as well as Washington D.C. The students receive a great education in subjects such as the critical field of STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Math). They learn through both being led through a subject by a teacher as well as extensive use of technology so that the children are able to succeed in the future.

Headquartered in Redwood City, Rocketship Education was launched in 2006. It was founded by two business partners from the technology industry, John Danner and Preston Smith. They could see low-income areas needed schools that could provide a high-quality education. The schools are very effective at this. The students at the San Diego location, for instance, have the same state test scores as the Palo Alto School District. Palo Alto is one of the richest areas of the country so this is a great accomplishment.