Having its headquarters in Redwood City, California, Rocket Education has come a long way. Founded by John Danner and Preston Smith in 2006, Rocketship Education is bridging the academic performance gap between students from poor backgrounds and the others from privileged backgrounds. The Rocketship group of schools experienced some management restructuring whereby Preston Smith took over the CEO position in 2013 while John Danner ventured into other innovations.
Technology is at the core of Rocketship group of schools and the force behind the unusual education model that the school has adopted. With the use of computers for teach, the teachers are free to focus on creativity with the students. Computers illustrate simple mathematical operations like addition and subtraction and teachers only come in to help the students that might be struggling with the same. The foundation gives five internal tests to the students to make sure that they are on track with their class work and the same level as students from other schools. John Danner is still on a mission to necessitate better learning terms and models for the students. The use of technology ensures that the teachers receive good compensation packages and the support staff is well taken care of regarding their salaries.
Striving to establish the group of schools in more than 50 cities by 2020, the co-founder, John Danner is working on improving the living standards of the students that come from low-income homes. The state of poverty for the students is high at 92%, and that’s why they get lunch for free or at a reduced fee. Charter schools, like traditional public schools, should admit or accept students from all walks of life, but competitiveness and limited chances might lock out some students out of the learning programs. Students apply to get a seat, and in the case that the demand doesn’t match the supply, a student can enter into a lottery to secure a position in the school. Rocketship education runs effectively with the contributions that are supplied by the government, therefore, embracing the cost-effectiveness spirit to focus on what is important, the students and their culture.