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Rocketship Education Goes the Extra Mile

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The education achievement gap for students from low income families who live far away from successful schools is a challenge many schools find insurmountable. This is where Rocketship Schools outshine traditional schools. The non-profit creates charter schools that fill the gap, one way or another. Sometimes they improvise an emergency fund that establishes a safety net for families who’ve been displaced from their homes by natural disasters. Sometimes they find ways to connect with a student who consistently ends up in summer school programs and remedial classes and help them make it to a highly recognized college.

An example is the case of a Mexican immigrant family in San Jose whose home was destroyed when the Coyote Creek flooded its banks. Rocketship worked to help them find shelter, along with many other families who had been affected by the disaster. The flood had disrupted the lives of many in the community, but Rocketship schools went the extra mile to help their students continue to succeed by helping their families directly.

Rocketship Education also has schools in the Washington, D.C. that worked to help families there who suffered water damage to their homes and possessions. The schools helped students’ parents with rental deposits, insurance costs, and funds for buying new clothes and supplies after the flooding.

It also innovates in bringing school closer to their students’ families. Teachers with Rocketship schools visit the homes of their students to get an idea of the difficulties that they may be facing. This insight then can be used to make a more personal curriculum.

Rocketship Public Schools is a public charter school based out of Redwood City, California with a mission to transform education in low income communities in the Bay Area, Nashville, Milwaukee, and Washington, D.C. They are a cooperative of leaders, teachers, families, and students working to unleash the untapped human potential left undeveloped by traditional public schools. Their core values include authenticity, community, tenacity, innovation, and excellence. They build their transformative schools on three pillars of personalized learning, talent development, and parent power.