Providing quality education is no easy task in the best of circumstances. However it is essential particularly in early education that students be given a solid foundation from which to build their knowledge. A well-educated individual is often offered far more opportunities than their uneducated counterpart. With a solid educational base they are also able to create many more opportunities for themselves. This is why many ground breaking charter schools such as Rocket ship Education chose to focus their efforts on the earliest years of education. Rocketship education is particularly successful in its mission to fight back against the achievement gap found among low income communities.
This nonprofit currently operates over 20 schools in three states as well as the District of Columbia. Their schools have also been acclaimed for their quality being listed as being in the top 10% of California schools serving low income communities. Their program is designed to address the common struggles of these communities. It is their mission to create a sustainable program that is capable of unleashing the potential of every student, regardless of their economic status. They believe the secret to achieving this is in parent power. With support from their school, family and community they know that Students will be able to achieve whatever they set their sights on.
Rocketship Education begins by creating a since of community within their school. Students are encouraged to call themselves rocketeers. They also make it mandatory that every instructor meets with parents at least once in the student’s home. This personal touch lets parents know that the teacher is interested in working with them and their child on a personal bases. It also has the benefit of allowing the instructor to get a firsthand idea of what the child’s unique challenges and strengths are. In partnership with the parent instructors are able to build customized plans of instruction for each student. Every Rocketeer is taught in a way that is most excisable to them, ensuring that everyone has the tools they need to succeed. With comprehensive support from school and family Rocketship education may just succeed in their quest to eliminate the achievement gap.