It is no secret that there is a gap between quality education and low-income communities. When factors such as financial status and residential location determine the options for education, it leaves much room for inequality. But shouldn’t all children have access to quality education? After all, children are the future, and limiting the opportunities for success due to circumstances out of their control is unfair, especially in terms of education.
Fortunately, charter schools like Rocketship Education are becoming more prevalent, giving children and families of low-income communities better options for education. By providing access to quality education without restrictions, Rocketship Education is slowly breaking down the barriers between students of low-income communities and their opportunities for academic achievement. Taking a different approach than traditional public schools, Rocketship greatly values and encourages parental involvement. They believe that by working together they can create the best learning environment for all Rocketship students.
The school’s personal approach proved to be one of the most significant factors in San Jose, California mom, Dulce. When she and her family lost their home of eight years in a flood, Dulce, along with 30 other families received food, clothing, and an overwhelming amount of support from the school her son attended. Going far beyond providing food and clothing, the network of schools formed the “Rocketeers”, a group of volunteers within the organization. Along with Catholic Charities, they earned nearly $62,000 to help communities throughout the U.S. with disaster relief.
Rocketship is on a mission to transform elementary education. Unlike the traditional hiring process for educators, Rocketship requires potential teachers to participate in interviews in addition to interviews with the school’s administration. Once hired, teachers are required to periodically visit the home of their students to gain a better understanding of their history and family life. Their untraditional approach to education gives their students an immeasurable amount of advantages and great opportunities for learning.