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 on Pace for Highest Growth in Four Years
Every year a student spends in an underperforming school is another year they fall further behind their college-bound peers. Eventually those gaps become insurmountable. That is why Rocketship opens multiple grade levels in year one and continues to backfill students every school year. When students first join Rocketship, we anticipate major gains in academic growth to start narrowing the gap that separates them from their college-bound peers.
With end of year assessments canceled due to COVID-19, we cannot report on the performance and progress of our Rocketeers for the entire 2019-20 school year. However, our mid-year assessments administered in December indicated that Rocketeers were on pace to grow 1.31 years in math and 1.23 years in reading over the 19-20 school year. At mid-year, our Rocketeers were on track to achieve their highest academic growth in four years. First year Rocketeers made impressive gains and were on track to grow 1.61 years in math and 1.34 years in reading.
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.