Founded in 2006, Rocketship is a chain of charter schools that focus on enrolling pupils belong from low-income families. It is a non-profit organization with the motto of eradicating the gap in achievement by implementing a sustainable model that encourages and educates children from low-income families to excel in life in their field of interest.
Based in San Jose, California, they already had 5 fully-operational charter schools by the year 2012, with an average of 450 students per school. Studies show that over 90% of the students get free lunch with around 75% of them have taken English as their second language. The founders believe that every child is special and deserves excellent education irrespective of their financial background. Their journey to college starts right from kindergarten.
Rocketship foundation has a very unique and effective approach in educating their students. Along with a dedicated teacher for special children, they have a technology incorporated model the customize learning in accordance with the strengths and interests of the students. They have also introduced a technology-driven system that allows the parents to closely monitor their children’s performance and are able to guide their children in the right direction and avoid any unwanted distractions.
Growing at a very fast pace, they gained popularity in no time and has received a grant of $2 million from the Obama administration for expansion and upscaling. They recently introduced the concept of a Learning Lab equipped with computers. The purpose of the innovation lab is to help students learn basic math and reading efficiently while the teachers focus on complicated puzzles and problems. Now coming to the cost factors, the founders thought that acquiring computers would be economical than hiring full-time teachers.
This innovative idea of a Learning Lab has had its setbacks and the management has already started revamping the system. Though there were benefits of implementing the learning lab along with the traditional classroom teaching, but there was a mismatch in the flow of data between the two approaches. Currently, they are in the process of implementing new methods to bridge the gap between them.