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Rocketship Public Schools: Reaching for the Stars

The school network started off as Rocketship Education, but in 2017 adapted to the name Rocketship Public Schools. Rocketship Public Schools is a non-profit charter school system, it is headquartered in Redwood City, California. RPS was founded in 2006 by John Danner and Preston Smith. The first school was opened in San Jose, CA in 2007. Within the first year the students at the Rocketship Public School in Jose, California scored as high as the Palo Alto School District on the California’s state assessment. Quickly after that triumph RPS extended and opened six additional RPS charter schools in the San Jose area. In 2013 John Danner left the company therefore Preston Smith was then named CEO of Rocketship Public Schools. That marked the milestone of RPS expanding outside the state of California. There are now 20 schools in total in these areas.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin was the first location RPS established outside of California. Nashville and Washington, D.C. followed shortly in 2014. Numerous Rocketship schools received backing from former tennis pro, Andre Agassi’s Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund. Then in February 2015, Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix, donated $2 million to Rocketship to funding in the Bay Area. Next, the Obama administration invested $ 2 million in RPS also.

Rocketship practices a “hybrid” model of learning using personalized online learning as well as classroom teaching and small-group education. Rocketship worked with Team America, which is a nonprofit organization that places college alumni in teaching jobs. Rocketship focusses on teaching students from low-income families to eradicate the success gap. Reports for the 2016-17 academic year presented 86 percent of students joined in Rocketship schools were from families with a low-income upbringing, and 70 percent were students learning English as their second language. Rocketship Public schools gives students and amazing opportunity to have equal opportunity when it comes to education.