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Rocketship Explore Elementary

Rocketship Explore Elementary is a new public school open to all students in grades PK4-4th and growing to ultimately serve grades PK-5 in Tarrant County. Principal Amaris Salazar, a seasoned school leader, and Texas native is excited to launch this new school community. She’s previously opened four successful schools over the course of her career, has taught all over the world and is excited to return to her roots and lead a school in the community her children and grandchildren live in.

In her own words: “We are a proud purple school that will have wonder, ask tough questions and discover new answers. We will work hard for our students and community. We will have fun – lots of it. We will use our voice, and we will love and embrace all – no matter who you are – when you walk through those doors you’re a Rocketeer. And most importantly, we’ll have joy in the classroom. I firmly believe a love of learning is what inspires more learning and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Rocketship Eastside.”

Rocketship Explore Elementary will be located at 300 E. Loop 820, Fort Worth, and will offer bus transportation for families.

Our Principal

Founding Principal Amaris Salazar has 27 years of experience as a progressive educator in the United States and internationally. Born in Houston, she has since enjoyed being a teacher, counselor, administrator, and consultant at some of the world’s most innovative educational organizations. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and Spanish, as well as advanced degrees in counseling and educational administration. Amaris was the founding head of school of two ELEducation schools as well as a School Designer who helped direct the writing of the Common Core curriculum for New York State. As Director of Teaching and Learning at Graded – The American School of Sao Paulo, she helped lead school change initiatives around competency-based assessment, project-based curriculum review and development, instructional coaching as professional development and student support services. Amaris has been an educator in Colombia for the past 4.5 years, originally as the Middle School and Academic Director at Gimnasio los Caobos. She most recently served as the founding Head of School at Avante Global School in Cartagena, Colombia where she led a team of dynamic educators focused on creating innovative and powerful personalized learning experiences for the next generation in Colombia.

School Leadership Team

Our school is led by experienced, quality educators who are passionate about working with youth in the east Fort Worth community.

Anthony Sanchez
Business Operations Manager

Julianne Gaskin
Assistant Principal

 Britni Cumby
Assistant Principal

Ana Ayala
Office Manager

A high quality, personalized and innovative elementary school option for the east Fort Worth community

Key Information

Grades: PK4-K to 4th grade
Address: 300 East Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX, USA
Principal: Amaris Salazar
Office Manager: Ana Ayala

Se habla español

Explore Elementary
300 East Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX, USA

High Quality Personalized Education for Everyone

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Hear From Your Future Principal

At our school’s groundbreaking, Principal Salazar shared why she’s excited to lead this new school in the Fort Worth community. Listen to her 8-minute talk to learn more.



Rocketship Public Schools Texas

In August 2022, Rocketship Public Schools Texas opened its first school in Fort Worth. The Rocketship Public Schools Texas Board of Directors is a diverse coalition of deeply respected Tarrant County community leaders seeking to partner with existing community-based organzations to improve opportunities for families with the greatest need. Bringing deep expertise in public education, community organizing, financial management, and parent engagement, the Rocketship Texas Board of Directors endeavors to establish an equitable and excellent educational environment that serves all children and raises the level of achievement across our public education system.

The Mission of Rocketship Public Schools Texas is for all students to attain their highest level of achievement in learning and life.
The Vision of Rocketship Public Schools Texas is to be the leader of innovation and excellence in elementary education and positively impact families and communities one Rocketeer at a time.

We focus exclusively on elementary education. By design, the Rocketship model will help improve the entire system of public education in Tarrant County. When our students and families move on to attend local middle schools, they will be positioned for success. In addition, their families will understand their power and know how to use their voice to advocate for themselves and their children. The Rocketship model literally launches our Rocketeers into their future.

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