The path out of low-income jobs was far greater in the 1980s and 90s with the chance to leave behind the lifestyle of a parent open to most children who decided to take their studies seriously. In the 21st-century, the range of options open to all students has diminished to such an extent the ability of a student from a low-income family to find a path out of poverty is almost nil; the changing job market now requires a Master’s degree over a Bachelor’s as the number of students from low-income families making their way out of poverty continues to fall.
Rocketship Education is a Californian charter school project dedicated to building a brighter future for all individuals who are looking to make the most of their children’s time at elementary school. After opening its doors in 2006 in the Redwood City area of California, Rocketship Education has grown to become one of the leading lights of the charter school industry with locations opening in three states and Washington D.C.
The different between Rocketship Education and many other charter schools is the fact the not-for-profit school is seeking to focus its attention solely on the elementary school sector. Parents and family members are given the chance to become leading advocates for the expansion of charter schools with some parents going as far as seeking to develop new charter school projects when their children move beyond the elementary school years.
Rocketship Education was formed through the work and ambition of Preston Smith and John Danner in 2006 when the former public school educators grew tired of the problems they saw on a regular basis across the public school sector. The first location of Rocketship Education was inside a Church hall in San Jose but the impressive results soon obtained led to the charter school project making its way across the nation to areas in Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C.