Rocketship Education was founded by Preston Smith and John Danner in 2006. Their first school was in San Jose, California in 2007 as their pilot program, and students scored highly in California’s state assessment, it got the reputation as an innovative and good learning model school for low-income students. Consequently, Rocketship proliferated and started six new charter schools in the San Jose for five years. Leadership reorganization in January 2013, made Danner quit, Smith was therefore declared the CEO. Rocketship opened its first school outside California in Wisconsin. In 2014, they started another school in Nashville. And like that is not enough, Rocketship began its fourth school in Washington, D.C. in 2016. It,s K-5 schools also offer pre-unit through an alliance with Apple Tree Institute. Various Rocketship schools received donations from former tennis champion, Andre Agassi’s. Agassi pioneered the start of Rocketship Rise Academy in Washington D.C. He also offered the Rocketship United Academy in Nashville
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings donated $2 million to Rocketship.in February 2015. Hastings contribution facilitated its expansion in the Bay area. The Obama government chipped in $2 million to Rocketship for development. The Education Department granted Rocketship $250 million dedicated to charter management for establishing new schools. It changes its name to Rocketship public schools in 2017
Rocketship learning model includes individual online learning, classroom lessons, and group teaching. 2016-17 surveys indicate that 86% of students enrolled in Rocketship are from low and unprivileged social background. Seventy percent of these students are learning English as their second language. Techbridge and eBay’s Women in Technology program in a joint effort with Rocketship in 2016 to initiate a program allowing a group of fifth-grade pupils in San Jose to visit eBay’s global headquarters.
In the year 2017, Rocketship started QueenHype, an empowerment initiative for girls geared on communication skills as it was first launched at Discovery Prep. In the same year, in partnership with Wob of Life Field (WOLF) School, Rocketship increased the number of school scientific trips for fifth-grade students during the 2016-17 academic year. Rocketship Education has brought immense social change in the United States.