Rocketship Education is a series of elementary schools that teaches ages kindergarten through fifth grade. Rocketship Education has 17 locations across the nation, with total enrollment hovering on the far side of 3,500, halfway to 4,000.
The institution specializes in being a network of charter schools that are open to the public. It follows a number of unique rules and guidelines specific to its organization, things that have all contributed to the success of Rocketship Education. Here are just a few of those things Preston Smith came up with throughout his first ten years with Rockeship Education.
It’s important for students to benefit from personalized learning plans, which are facilitated through technological devices. Rocketship Education and Preston Smith have collectivley realied that personalized learning begins in students’ homes. Teachers from Rocketship Education actually go to visit students’ homes at least once every semester, which helps them know what environments students live in, which is appropriate to know for building their personalized education plans.
Parents also do tons of other things at Rocketship Education, like provide their opinions of students’ teachers directly to them on a regular basis. Most schools skip this step, and see it as unimportant. However, because parents are privy to tons of knowledge that others aren’t when it comes to childhood education, it only makes sense to include their opinions in processes of making decisions.
Rocketship Education first opened its schoolhouse doors – then churchhouse doors, as the organization was initially too poor to bulid or rent out traditional school building space – in 2007 in San Jose, California. It was founded the year before by educational/technological team Preston Smith and John Danner.
Preston Smith is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the educational institution, and is expected to spend considerable time at the helm of his educational creation.