There is no doubt that each and every child deserves to have a quality education. With low-income communities struggling and public schools in these areas performing below standards, many families are struggling to get their children a better education. In these trying times, one non-profit group is making strides in providing quality education to children in low-income areas.
Established in 2007, Rocketship Education is a non-profit network of public charter schools. With schools located in various states including California, Milwaukee and Tennessee, Rocketship Education is helping underprivileged children get the education they deserve. Less than one in ten students who live in poverty will go on to college and Rocketship is fighting to change that statistic. With top-notch educators, Rocketship schools use innovative and personalized learning techniques to help every student reach their highest academic potential. Rocketship schools also stay engaged with student’s parents by creating meaningful relationships through community events and volunteer opportunities.
Many studies have shown that children living in low-income communities experience more toxic stress that children in upper or middle-class communities. Rocketship schools are trying to diminish the stress these children experience by presenting them with social-emotional learning curriculum. Social-emotional learning is done by giving students assignments that require them to show empathy, establish relationships and recognize their own emotions. Older students detail their social-emotional learning in journals by recording their feelings, behaviors and progress. This concept of social-emotional learning is producing students who show immense gratitude and are more in tune with their emotions.
With their unique approach to education, Rocketship schools have been immensely successful in producing accomplished students. A recent study showed that Rocketship school alumni performed one year ahead of students from other public schools in both math and reading. Rocketship schools rank as number one for math and English in Milwaukee as well as ranking in the top 10% of California schools in math and English performance.
For more information on Rocketship Education, please visit www.rsed.org.