— Rocketship Schools (@RocketshipEd) January 15, 2018
The charter Rocketship school in Redwood, CA will find a new home at 860 Charter Street. The new location is in an industrial area. It will help Rocket Education add programs and increase the number of students to 480.
This larger space for the K-5 school will help teachers prepare students for college with a high quality education. The 23,000 square foot warehouse will be converted into the school design that Rocketship Education requested.
This school will have classrooms, offices, and a cafeteria. There will be technology and tutoring center that opens up to the outdoor assembly area. There will be a 9000 sq. ft. play area, small soccer field and half a basketball court too.
The walls in the building will be reconstructed adding skylights and new windows to let in more light. New plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems will be installed. It will be an eco-friendly school for students. About 85% of the students live within three quarter miles of the Redwood City school. There are other schools in the area.
The staff is working on a car pool program for student transportation involving parents and teachers. They plan to stagger student pickups and drop offs so traffic does not back up or become congested near the charter school in Redwood City.
Rocketship Education focuses on developing parent and teacher relationships in all its schools. They realize that parent involvement is the key to the student’s success. Parents help to shape the school’s enrichment programs in art, music, gardening and other activities that teaches creativity and critical thinking.
Rocketship Education teachers visit students homes before the year begins to learn more about them. This helps them develop strong ties with the families they teach. Their students out perform other school in ELA and math testing due to their innovative programs. They have a high retention rate of 90%. Parent involvement is a key to their success.