Rocketship Education: Reaching New Heights

Human potential is often cited as a well that never dries. Unfortunately, many individuals aren’t able to tap into this vast resource. When this happens it isn’t just the individual that suffers, it can easily be a great loss to a community, society or even the world. Public education seeks to alleviate this grave threat through helping everyone have a fair chance at greatness. Unfortunately, there is still a great achievement gap affecting primarily low-income families. This is a grave travesty that nonprofits such as Rocketship Education hope to do away within our lifetime. This progressive approach has ensured the school’s success. They currently operate 20 schools in 3 states and the District of Columbia. Rocketship was also ranked in the top 10% of California schools serving impoverished communities.

Rocketship Education is a nonprofit that focuses on providing quality education to economically stressed communities. They are a collective of teachers, parents, and students working together to unleash the potential of every student regardless of family income. They begin by selecting highly qualified staff. These educators are required to be familiar with core fields such as mathematics, science and the humanities. This background is only the foundation of the type of teacher Rocketship hopes to provide. From there they train their teachers to engage with the students and their families in a meaningful way. Teachers are required to meet with families in their homes. This interaction not only provides vital background to the teacher on the student’s needs but also involves the student’s family in their education.

Engaging students and their families in the education process is not the only challenge that Rocketship works to accomplish. The organization dedicates it’s self to helping students remain stable. When flooding hit one of the districts the organization services the nonprofit wasted no time. In partnership with Catholic Charities, the school was able to raise $62,000. From there they applied their funds to helping student’s families purchase essentials. Families affected by the disaster struggled with basic necessities such as clothes to more complex expenses such as deposits on new housing or insurance deductibles. This additional support allows underprivileged children to focus on their education and reach new heights.