Rocketship Education is a non-profit charter school system that operates in lower-income neighborhoods mainly in areas where excellent schools are absent. The belief is that children can accomplish more when they have better educational opportunities that are present in the traditional public school system.
The problem is that children learn at different levels because they come from such diverse backgrounds and experiences. It is fairly well accepted that putting 30 students in a room and expecting all of them to thrive while sitting on one spot from class to class does not always work so well.
The traditional school system seems to be more for the convenience of the institution and schedule than it is for the students. At Rocketship Education the students, called “Rocketeers” receive individualized educational experiences geared to their individual needs and abilities to learn.
There are some traditional class experiences, but it is backed up with digital learning and individualized tutoring to really get at the heart of the matter at hand and to back up the learning that has already taken place.
Students are already comfortable with the use of technological devices in the learning process. They master the use of a smartphone, tablet, or laptop very quickly, if not immediately because they have already probably used these at home. Digital learning is ideal for memorization and repeated forms of learning such as in math, science and similar rote subjects.
Tutoring presents the Rocketeer with one-on-one learning where the subject matter can be brought into focus without distractions. The peer pressure of a traditional classroom is minimized and the student can concentrate better with the tutor and subject matter being the sole focus of the moment.
Parents are encouraged to become as active as they wish to be. Especially with homework, there is a role for the parent to play. Parents are also encouraged to become leaders by helping at school and becoming involved in community activities that pertain to scholastic and educational situations.
The results speak for themselves as the students are usually a full year ahead of their peers from traditional schools when they graduate.