Rocketship Education fuels low-income students futures

The Redwood City, Calif. Rocketship charter school will relocate its facility in 2018. The city’s planning commission approved the new school location for Redwood City Prep in July.

Rocket Renovations

Rocketship began renovations on the existing structure it purchased in the light industrial area near the homes of the majority of its students. Changes to the structure at 860 Charter Street include:

  • adding skylights and windows,
  • reconfiguring walls,
  • updating the electric, plumbing, and mechanical systems
  • construction of a technology and tutoring center,
  • playground construction,
  • adding a soccer field,
  • adding a half court basketball facility,
  • building an outdoor assembly area.

Once converted, the one-story, 23,200-square-foot facility will allow the school to accommodate an additional 180 students, bringing its enrollment to 480. The new campus will occupy 1.2 acres. The school will conduct classes at its current location, 1440 Connecticut Drive, during the 2017-2018 school year while renovations take place at the Charter Street facility.

California Dreaming

Rocketship Education, a chain of charter elementary schools, aims to boost early childhood education into the stratosphere. The network of kindergarten through fifth grade schools provides free education using individualized, adaptive methods.

Founded in 2006, the San Jose, Calif. based charter school system now hosts five schools in the San Jose area. It expanded nationally to include schools are in Washington, DC, Nashville, Memphis, Indianapolis and New Orleans. The school’s mission includes eliminating the achievement gap and starting children on a college bound path beginning in kindergarten. About 90 percent of its students qualify for the federal free lunch program and approximately 75 percent speak English as a second language. Rocketship schools blend traditional instructional methods with adaptive technologies and targeted tutoring to meet each student’s individual needs.