Preston Smith is the CEO and the co-founder of Rocketship Education. In an article, he said that he learned a lot of lessons about education since he first started the first Rocketship Education school around a decade ago in San Jose, California. Rocketship Education, he said, will continue learning about education and improving its methods so that it gives the kids who study there the best chance for success.
The first lesson is how important personalized education really is. Rocketship Education is known for their personal education methods. First of all, they are known to integrate technology into their classrooms. This helps students study at a pace that is right for them. However, even more than that, Rocketship Education requires that its teachers visit the homes of each of their students at least once a year. This helps the teachers understand the life situation of each student and what he or she is going through. It also gives the parents an opportunity to connect with the teacher in a meaningful way so that they can work together to further the education of the child. This dynamic is not found when the parent visits the teacher in the teacher’s classroom once a year for a parent-teacher meeting.
Rocketship Education provides students with classes up to the fifth grade. At that point, the students have to leave and find other educational opportunities. However, Rocketship Education believes that this is in the best interests of students all around the world. They do not believe that it would be best if they started offering classes from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. When students have to leave the Rocketship Education network, the parents are empowered to start seeking good options for their kids. They will start demanding reforms in the public schools so that their kids continue to get a good education. Rocketship Education helps the parents out with that. This way, there will be a bigger demand, which will lead to a bigger supply.
Rocketship Education is a network of charter schools that focus on a personalized education for each student.