Rocketship Education is not the only charter school system in the United States. However, it is worthwhile to talk about when it comes to the positive nature of charter schools. Many people do not pay any mind to the charter school issue, and do not discuss it. However, there are many people who passionately have arguments for and against charter schools. The arguments on both sides are pretty valid. However, it is without a doubt that charter schools provide alternative routes for students who need more than what their local, inner-city school districts can give them.
Inner-city schools have the reputation for being large places where individual kids disappear within crowds of students and become invisible. These schools are known to just be holding pens for loads of kids until school lets out in the afternoons. Behavior problems, neglect and low grades result. Rocketship Education tries to avoid these problems by putting more tender, loving care into educating the children that they are taking responsibility for.
Rocketship Education puts extra, extra emphasis on the things that are important for the achievement of students. These things include nurturing the talents of up-and-coming adults, encouraging parent-involvement and paying attention to the individual needs of every child.
There are thirteen locations in the Bay Area, two locations in Nashville, two locations in Milwaukee and two locations in Washington D.C. The vast majority of children who attend Rocketship Education’s schools are African American and Hispanic. The fact that large amounts of Hispanic kids attend these school is shown in the fact that many schools in the Bay Area have Spanish names. For example, Los Suenos Academy, Si Se Puede Academy, Fuerza Community Prep and Futuro Academy all show that there are large numbers of Latino children in their student bodies.
If you want to see images and video footage of Rocketship’s schools and students, there are plenty online. The children have to wear uniforms in order to attend these schools. There is a relaxed, rigid atmosphere of learning.