Rocketship Education is a non-profit charter school located in Redwood City, California. It was founded in 2007 by Preston Smith and John Danner. Rocketship Education integrates its blended learning model with advanced technology to improve student performance. Rocketship Education currently runs sixteen charter schools in Concord California, San Jose, and Redwood City as well as schools in Washington D.C. and Nashville.
Rocketship United Academy dedicates to sharing gratitude with children from low-income families. Its positive culture thrives within the school compound. Every Rocketship school has five core values which are shared across its network. They include persistence, respect, empathy, and responsibility. Rocketship students share these values in their creed every day. Rocketship builds itself on these core values thus allowing its students to grow in a society that shares a desire to exceed expectations.
Rocketship Education equips its students with critical characters to prepare them to thrive in school and beyond. Many of the students are from low-income families. Children from low-income families experience more stress than those that come from the middle or upper-class neighborhood. Stress makes it difficult for a student to respond to provocations, manage their studies, and resolve conflicts.
As a result, Rocketship Education creates a positive school experience that allows students to develop skills they need to resolve conflicts and respond to provocations. The curriculum of Rocketship incorporates social-emotional learning programs that are taught three times a week. In fact, Rocketship Education has a carefully-selected curriculum tailored for lower and upper-grade students.
Gratitude is not an inner feeling; it is a choice that Rocketship has to make every day. It is an attitude that Rocketship adopts and shares with its students every day. Rocketship doesn’t stop expressing its kindness. Its habit of kindness renews each day with a smile and open heart. Giving gratitude freely is the energizing spirit that keeps Rocketship on track. Recently, Rocketship launched Gratitude Grams to further its social-emotional teachings and allow its students to express themselves. It creates an opportunity for students to show appreciation and kindness to others. Gratitude has now grown to all its charter schools.