Quality education is important and should be afforded to every child, regardless of geographical or financial restrictions. Unfortunately, even in today’s age, not all children have access to quality education. Realizing the need for change, Rocketship Education opened the very first school in the Rocketship system. Using a small church basement as their classroom, the compassionate educators began their journey in serving underprivileged students in their communities. While the Rocketship Education system has made a profound impact on surrounding communities, the team admits that their first years were filled with lessons.
As any successful startup, Rocketship Education took those lessons and recreated their vision. Focusing on a more parent driven and all-inclusive system, they built a parent leadership program to help families find their voice, and advocate for more fair and accessible education for all. The team also zoned in on what it truly means to receive a diverse education. Feeling that children of color should not have to leave their communities to have access to quality education, they began focusing on a new way to encourage and introduce diversity. Using a quote from an African American teacher made during the investigation into Brown vs. The Board of Education as inspiration, they turned their focus to educating their teachers about diversity, in hopes of helping them better understand the importance of inclusiveness.
Founded by education enthusiast Preston Smith in 2006, Rocketship Education is a non-profit network of public charter schools committed to providing quality early education for low-income families. Currently, the network serves students and families in California, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. The passionate and dedicated team at Rocketship all share the common goal of bridging the gap in communities by offering diverse educational experiences to underprivileged communities. By focusing heavily on family and community involvement Rocketship is leading a new era in education.