Today was just a glimpse of how Rocketship DC is changing lives everyday. Everyday I step into Rise Academy, I am reminded of why I do what I do and why I aim to do what I do extremely well! https://t.co/uzj2F7pb11 @FlamboyanDC @CityBridgeEdu
— Rocketship Schools (@RocketshipEd) December 17, 2017
Education reform is a common debate topic. Its uncertain nature leads many people to know there is definitively a problem but no clear solution is apparent. One charter school, Rocketship Education, is bringing solutions delivering on solutions. This charter school is truly unique in its all-encompassing approach to ensure student’s success. The school is located in and serves low-income families. It is their hope to address and defeat the achievement gap prevalent in low-income households in our lifetime. Their methods are all-encompassing, focusing first on ensuring that students have all they need to be successful.
This means they take an active role in providing disaster relief to the community. An example of this is when a flood forced the evacuation of many of the student’s families Rocketship took an active role in providing relief. They did so by partnering with Catholic charities and raised $62,000. They quickly put that money to use and were able to help families with vital needs such as deposits on new housing, insurance deductibles, and new clothing. This timely relief ensured that these families were able to continue to work and sustain themselves. Rocketship’s aid also focuses on making sure that student’s needs are met so that they can focus on their education without the stressors associated with poverty holding them back.
Rocket ship’s full scope approach also encompasses the way that students and teachers interact. They begin by seeking out the best teachers available. These educators must be well versed in critical fields such as math and science as well as the humanities. These teachers are trained to provide specialized instruction to each student. This process is begun by making sure the teacher is aware of each student’s unique needs. In order to do this, each teacher is required to visit the student’s home. This helps keep the family of the student involved in their education. An approach that many parents appreciate as they are better able to understand their children’s needs. Rocketship’s approach is paying off big. They were recently ranked in the top 10% of California’s low-income school districts.