The community of San Jose, along with the educators and parents, have been working hard together to create a better eco-system of quality public schools and educational opportunities for the children of lower income families.
Preston Smith, the current CEO and co-founder of the non-profit public charter school, Rocketship Education, has been an educator for 15 years. He has witnessed children he taught first grade to go on to graduate high school and become the first person in their family to go to a four-year college.
At Rocketship Education the primary goal is to put the lower income children and English learners who attend this public charter school on the right course to attending college. Being born of a lower income class is no excuse not to go to college. The educators at Rocketship Education believe that all children deserve the same educational opportunities no matter how much money their families have. Thanks to everyone’s hard work at Rocketship Education, there are now twenty-five high-performance public charter schools in the San Jose area to serve the lower income and English learning children since the first the first Rocketship school launched in 2007.
The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) did a study at Stanford University which showed that children from lower income families, and English learning students in San Jose, obtained over an extra month of reading and math education for every year they attended a high performance charter school such as Rocket Education.
One of the reasons for such a high success rate at Rocketship Education, is because the parents are completely involved in every step of the education process. So much so, that the parents actually interview the teachers and make the final decision to hire them to teach at the charter school.
The California based elementary school has recently gained some well deserved, national attention because of its strong test scores and blended learning approach. Rocketship uses a combination of online learning, traditional teaching, and computer-aided techniques for the educational concepts which has kept the cost of administration lower than similar educational institutions.
The success of Rocketship Education public charter school is owed to the combined efforts of parents, teachers, and community leaders– and not to forget the hard work of the students.