Preparing for Liftoff
High-performing network of elementary schools hopes to launch in Tarrant County!
Rocketship Public Schools has applied for a charter to support the movement to improve educational equity in historically underserved communities across Tarrant County. Nearly 70% of third-graders from disadvantaged families in Tarrant County are not reading on grade level. Students that don’t learn to read by third grade are at risk of falling significantly behind their college-bound classmates. This is just one example of the educational inequities that leaders across Tarrant County are urgently working to solve. Rocketship Public Schools has a proven track record of improving educational equity in communities across the country and is uniquely suited to join the coalition of changemakers working to solve this challenge in Tarrant County. Rocketship’s charter to serve students in Tarrant County is contingent upon approval by the Texas Education Agency.
Learn how to apply in this Family FAQ.
When can I apply for the lottery?
Rocketship Public Schools submitted its charter application to the Texas Education Agency and it is currently pending approval. Should our charter be approved, families can begin submitting applications later this year. If you want to be notified when the application opens, please sign up here to receive updates. All that would be needed for an application is your name, phone number, address, child’s name, and child’s birth date.
When is the deadline for the lottery?
If our charter is approved, the deadline for applications is February 12, 2021.
When will the lottery be held?
If our charter is approved, the lottery for the 2021-22 school year enrollment will be on February 18, 2021.
When will I know if my child was accepted into Rocketship Public Schools?
February 22, 2021. At that time, the results of the lottery would be made public and our team would connect with each and every family who was matched with our school.
Need support during the COVID-19 crisis?
Rocketship’s Fort Worth Community Organizers created a helpful resource for families seeking support during this trying time. Download this guide to learn about local financial assistance, food distribution centers, immigration resources, domestic violence support, housing and employment services, medical and mental health options and more. You can also check out our Distance Learning Launchpad for lessons and activities to keep your children engaged during school closures.
1. We believe every child, no matter their zip code, has amazing potential.
Every student deserves the right to dream, to discover, and to develop their unique potential. At Rocketship Public Schools, it is our responsibility and our privilege to unleash the amazing potential inside every Rocketeer we serve.
Over the last twelve years, we’ve impacted the lives of over 20,000 children in disadvantaged communities. By growing more than a grade level in a single school year, every school year, our students quickly close the academic gaps that separate them from their more privileged peers. By the time our students move on to middle school, they are a full year ahead of their peers in both reading and math.
2. Personalized learning that starts at home.
Our approach to personalized learning is focused on building deep relationships with our Rocketeers and their families. It starts with our annual home visits. At the start of every school year, our teachers visit the homes of their students. This annual practice enables our team to develop much stronger relationships with our families and a deeper understanding of how to best serve every Rocketeer. At school, our teachers lead the learning process for each student. Project-based learning, tutors, experiential learning opportunities, and adaptive online learning programs build upon classroom instruction and help students develop the mastery they need to advance.
3. Investing in the growth and development of our talent.
Rocketship teachers are growth-minded educators. They receive weekly 1:1 professional development and real-time coaching in the classroom. Our model is built to encourage an environment of collaborative success, in which teachers work together with their peers and coaches to elevate their performance. Our teachers consistently report that the caliber of their colleagues is the best part of the job.
Growth doesn’t just happen in the classroom. We encourage teachers to spark positive change in their school communities and take their career to the next level, which is why 70% of Rocketship school leaders were once Rocketship teachers.
4. Unleashing the power of engaged parents.
We understand that parents are the first teachers of their students. To unleash the amazing potential of our Rocketeers, we must build deep, authentic partnerships with the families we serve. Our parents name our schools, help design the enrichment offering, and are welcomed into our classrooms at all times. Many of our parents become active members in our parent leadership program where they learn to exercise their power to demand political attention, hold leaders accountable, and ultimately work to enable high-quality public school systems to thrive in their community.