We believe that all children have potential and that great public schools unleash that potential.
But the quality of public education in our country today still depends on where you live and how much money your parents earn. We are building a movement to create educational equity in disadvantaged communities across our country. We still have a long way to go to realize our vision, but the progress we are making is transformational.
Rocketeers Reach Highest Achievement Ever
Our goal is to get every Rocketeer on the college and career-ready path by the time they move on to middle school. One way that we measure this is by assessing how many Rocketeers score at or above grade level on the nationally-normed NWEA MAP exam, which measures “on grade level” as scoring at or above the 50th percentile. In the 2018-2019 school year, our national network reached the highest achievement levels ever in our 12-year history with 5,900 Rocketeers at or above grade level in math and nearly 5,200 Rocketeers at or above grade level in ELA. Each year, our results keep getting better and better. Our Rocketeers continue to race ahead from coast-to-coast. We still have to push harder to get 100 percent of students at or above grade level, and we will. But like our Rocketeers, we are on the right path.
Study finds Rocketship graduates a year ahead of peers.
When we launched Rocketship, we decided to focus exclusively on elementary school. We believed that if we helped our Rocketeers build a solid foundation in those early years, they would thrive in middle school, high school, and beyond. But there’s no doubt that middle school is one of the most challenging transitions in a student’s academic journey. To examine how our Rocketeer alumni perform in middle school, we engaged SRI International, an independent nonprofit research center, to conduct a three-year study on the performance of our Rocketeer graduates. The study followed nearly 2,000 students in seven San Jose middle schools with high concentrations of Rocketship graduates. SRI rigorously investigated academic performance, social and emotional skills, and student confidence navigating the middle school transition.
Rocketeers are beating the odds in every region.
We’ve come a long way since we opened our first school in a church in San Jose, having served 20,000 students across the nation. Learn more about how our Rocketeers in every region are beating the odds.
Top 10% in California
Rocketship ranks in the top 10% in both math and English Language Arts performance among all California elementary school districts and charter networks serving a similar student population. Read more here.
Tier 1 in DC
Both of our DC schools achieved Tier 1 status — the highest ranking for DC Public Charter Schools — in their very first year. Our Rocketeers are off to a tremendous start in a community that has been neglected for far too long. Read more here.
Narrowing Gaps in Nashville
Both Rocketship Nashville schools rank among the top five highest-performing schools for economically disadvantaged students out of all 74 elementary schools in Nashville. Read more here.
Top 10 in Wisconsin
Rocketship ranks in the top 10 of all Wisconsin district and charter elementary schools serving similar students in math and English Language Arts performance.
Top Bay Area schools for underserved students.
A 2019 report released by Innovate Public Schools recognized just 51 out of 1,278 schools in the Bay Area for closing the achievement gap — seven of which were Rocketship schools. Once again, Rocketship had the most schools of any charter network or school district featured on the list. Read the full report here.
85% of Rocketeers returned last year.
As a school of choice, the clearest demonstration of our excellence is the number of Rocketeers who choose to come back each year. Every student we serve has a seat at their zoned district school waiting for them. But they choose to come back to Rocketship. We are humbled by this remarkable vote of confidence and work relentlessly to deliver on the promise our families see in our schools every single year.