Unleashing Potential Across the Bay Area
Rocketship offers 13 tuition-free Bay Area schools, open to any student who wishes to attend. We don’t believe one size fits all when it comes to student learning, because each child is unique. We use personalized learning to meet every student at their own level. We partner closely with parents to understand the needs of their child, and welcome parents on our campuses at all times. As a result, Rocketship consistently ranks in the top 10% of all California public schools serving a similar population.
US News & World Report has named seven Rocketship California schools as among the Best Elementary Schools in the nation! US News has been the authority in ranking universities and high schools for many years, and this year is the first they’ve started ranking elementary and middle schools. These rankings are based solely on test scores – meaning that our schools are among the top in the nation, even compared to schools in wealthier zip codes. As the most populous state in the country, we are competing against an enormous number of schools – yet we come out ahead.
What Makes Rocketship Unique?
At Rocketship, students get attention daily in small groups with peers who are on the same learning level. This helps students who need extra support reach grade-level milestones while ensuring students who need more of a challenge continue growing.
We partner with parents through home visits, conferences, weekly communication, and monthly community meetings. We treat parents as true partners in their child's education.
Among Best in the NationUS News & World Report has named seven Rocketship California schools as among the Best Elementary Schools in the nation! US News has been the authority in ranking universities and high schools for many years, and this year is the first they’ve started ranking elementary and middle schools. These rankings are based solely on test scores – meaning that our schools are among the top in the nation, even compared to schools in wealthier zip codes. As the most populous state in the country, we are competing against an enormous number of schools – yet we come out ahead.
The Rocketship Story
Our award-winning charter network has come a long way since launching our first school in 2016. We created a storybook of Rocketship Public Schools spotlighting the parents, teachers, students, and leaders that are working together to transform the future for resilient communities across the country. Watch the video of our story here!
Rocketship Parents Spark Change
A parent is a child’s first teacher and lifelong advocate. Parents hold extraordinary power to change outcomes for their children and improve the quality of their community. We believe every parent can become a parent leader – that’s why we create spaces for parents to create change at the school, city, and state levels through each campus’s California Leadership Organizing Committee. Parents who get involved in this work aren’t elected and don’t need any past experience, yet they spark meaningful change. These committees organize everything from speaking with elected officials in Sacramento to hosting candidates running for local office to ensure parent voices are heard. Together we hope parents use their experiences at Rocketship to build power and create change in their communities for generations to come.
Our Executive Director
Maricela Guerrero is the California Executive Director. Maricela leads our Bay Area Region – overseeing all aspects of our 13 California schools. Maricela was a founding teacher at the first Rocketship school that opened in 2007 and has served as principal at two Rocketship schools in San Jose – including as the founding principal of Rocketship Fuerza Community Prep, a California Distinguished School. Under her leadership, Rocketship’s California schools routinely rank in the top 10% in the state in both math and English Language Arts performance among all districts and charter networks serving a similar student population. Guerrero’s focus on equity, diversity of teachers and leaders, and parent engagement continues to push Rocketship to new heights of success.
A daughter of Mexican immigrants, Guerrero first discovered the inequity of education as a student in south central Los Angeles. Zoned to a failing school, her talent as a musician earned her a spot at a high-performing public school across the city. Her steadfast belief that students shouldn’t have to leave their neighborhood to access a quality public education led her to become a teacher in 2001 in the Alum Rock Unified School District. She then joined Preston Smith as part of the founding team at L.U.C.H.A., an innovative, new elementary school in Alum Rock. In 2007, Guerrero and Smith launched Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary, the first campus of Rocketship Public Schools.
Maricela received her B.A. in Latin American Studies with a minor in education from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Phoenix. After college, Maricela served as the executive director of the Boy Scouts of the Bay Area Peninsula – a role which further revealed the deep inequities in the Bay Area and the lack of opportunities for students of color in California.
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Now Hiring Elementary Educators
All kids need a positive role model in their life. Someone who inspires them to strive for greatness and encourages them to unleash their full potential. Our teachers pride themselves on being role models to every student they serve. They lead by example and show our students that they have the power to change the world. And just as our teachers invest their time and energy in the growth of their students, we invest our time and energy in the growth of our teachers. We create countless opportunities for growth throughout the year. Our team of school leaders provides instructional frameworks, professional development, and real-time coaching for teachers every single week.