How Rocketship Education Closed The Education Achievement Gap

One parent of a student that attends a Rocketship Education charter school says that the team there “finds a way” to get rid of the achievement gap that exists between kids that come from low-income households and those that come from wealthy households. It’s been known for a long time that kids from wealthy households score better on state tests. There are a variety of reasons why but one of the biggest is that the public schools are far better funded than those in lower-income areas.

The team at Rocketship Education can “find a way” in other ways as well. For example, when one group of parents and kids were forced out of their homes due to extensive flooding the school came to the rescue by putting together an emergency fund. They’ve also “found a way” helping kids that habitually end up in summer school and after school hours remedial programs turn their lives around and end up graduating from college.

Rocketship Education is based in California and since its first school opening in 2007 it has grown to 20 schools which are located in three states as well as the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. The schools operate as a family so when parents have issues like a flood or other disaster Rocketship Education will help out by providing things like food, clothing, and furniture. They also help parents find temporary housing or come up with the money they need to rent a new place to stay. They have a partnership with Catholic Charities that really helps with a lot of this.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Rocketship Education has been able to help students effectively learn in the communities in which it operates. One of the key ways they educate children is by using a personalized learning style. Each person learns best in a certain way and public schools instead take a cookie cutter approach where everyone is taught exactly the same way, leaving some to thrive and others to fail. Instead, at Rocketship Education the students needs are addressed by letting them learn the way that works best for them.