Why Rocketship Education Network is Growing Rapidly
Education technology has increased in popularity, with elementary schools embracing dynamic learning models. In the US, Rocketship Education is among the fastest growing elementary schools with Edtech systems. The San Jose-based school network is rolling out a plan for developing new schools across the US and becoming a leading innovative school by 2020. But as these plans are underway, a significant challenge is to source enough funding for the developments. In fact, the network has to raise 5.5 million USD for an effective rollout in a single region. Nevertheless, the funding has witnessed success: charities like Bradley Family Foundation helped fund Rocketship new rollout in Milwaukee. Other organizations like the Baird Corporation and the foundation by Walton’s have as well aided in Rocketship funding.
The rapid expansion of Rocketship is also a credit to parents’ support and a visionary, dynamic leadership team. In the school’s model, parents spend a minimum of 30 hours yearly to help support the school. Indeed, 30 hours is accomplishable within one week, meaning, parents spend many hours to help the school grow. This is an unlikely trend in most elementary schools, which have none or unattainable guidelines on parents participation in building schools. The network’s model pays off – for instance, Rocketship plan for Santa Clara to have 20 new schools received support during a meeting of nearly a thousand parents. Other cities on Rocketship spotlight are Washington DC, Memphis, Indianapolis, Nashville, among others. This expansion requires enormous funding, but with parents at its core and a dynamic leadership team, Rocketship will realize its growth plans.
Rocketship Schools are among the top 10% of public schools in their respective districts offering elementary education. The system has already served 15K students and continues to grow. Education at Rocketship has three foundations: tailored learning, develop talent, and recognizes the power of parents. The customized learning approach helps students get content fit for their specific needs and potential. Likewise, improving the skill of each student is done through investment in growth to support students inside and outside their schools. Lastly, the elementary learning network recognizes the power of parents as parents have been at the center of every development.