Rocketship Education is a non-profit network of primary schools meant for the low-income population that has limited access to better schools. Rocketship Education was founded in 2006 with the main aim of eradicating the success gap in schools. The primary objective of the corporation was to build a sustainable school model that drives towards student achievement in under-served communities in U.S. Rocketship’s central model is teacher led, personalized learning, and technology supported approach that matches each student with the proper subjects using the proper procedures of instructions. Rocketship Education’s main achievement is the development of parents and guardians who become lifelong advocates for the community and not only their children. They achieve this by deeply involving parents in their students’ progress in learning and the school community as well.
Rocketship is ranked among the top and has been nationally applauded among the best charter networks. The corporation has been hailed as a groundbreaking model of blended learning. John Danner is the founder of Rocketship, and he previously made a fortune doing internet advertising. He had a vision of enrolling about one million students by the year 2020 banking on the strengths of three pillars- excellent teachers, personalized learning with software and parent engagement to advance the success of the under-served.
Currently, there exist 13 Rocketship schools containing up to 6000 students in Nashville, Milwaukee, and San Fransisco. There is also one that was established in Washington D.C during the fall of 2016. During the state tests, the low-income Hispanic students usually outperform their peers. At Rocketship, teachers are offered a higher pay in comparison with their counterparts. They receive a compensation of up to 50 per cent as merit bonuses. This represents an exceptionally higher ratio even among the charter schools. The bonuses are awarded about the growth of students on the standardized tests by NWEA which is given thrice in a year.
In recent results released by NWEA, students in the Rocketship networks had made the biggest gains which include 1.5 years In English and 1.7 years in math. The gains in the respective disciplines represented just one year in school.