The nonprofit organization, Rocketship Education has continued to impact the lives of many a decade after it launched its first chartered elementary school in 2007. Silicon Valley entrepreneur, John Danner created the organization with the primary objective of providing quality education to all children. He believed that it is possible to improve the academic performance of students coming from less privileged families through an affordable personalized learning system.
The first Rocketship school opened in San Jose. In the previous years, the area had been a hub of great minds and intellects. However, over time, as the economic crisis intensified, the rich and the poor became segregated, and middle-income jobs dwindled. Consequently, San Jose’s once thriving education system lost its power to change the society.
Within five years, the Rocketship Education’s schools recorded significant success in improving student performance. Some students who schools initially classed as having learning disabilities were reclassified to be regular students. Such outstanding achievements were results of personalized learning techniques employed by the schools. Rocketship institutions focus on helping students handle social problems such conflict and emotional management. The lessons are necessary since most of the children from destitute families suffer from toxic stress which incapacitates their interpersonal skills.
As a result of its success, numerous cities and states invited Rocketship Education to build chartered schools in their cities. In 2011, Kaya Henderson, the Chancellor of D.C Schools, allowed the organization to build eight schools in the District. The Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg also accepted to have the schools in his City. Other areas that granted permission for Rocketship schools include Nashville, Indianapolis, New Orleans and San Francisco. Currently, the number of schools in the network has grown 25.
In addition to acceptance by cities and states, Rocketship schools have always enjoyed support from the community and parents. Recently Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings through his foundation, Hastings Fund agreed to join hands organization in building better learning facilities. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO contributed too to the course. Together with his wife, Priscilla, Mark donated engineers to Summit Public Schools. The engineers are to build a personalized learning platform then share it with other chartered schools in the country.