Rocketship Education or RSED for short is a network of charter school working not-for-profit. The base is in Redwood City, California but the charter school can be found in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Nashville. Tennessee, Washington D.C, and in the city of New York.
The Rocketship Education charter schools were founded in 2006 by John Danner and Preston Smith. The first charter school was opened in the city of San Jose California one year later in 2007. That first school was a huge success and inspired the founders to continue to establish more and more schools across the United States of America.
The charter school in San Jose, California had very high results on the assessment by the state of Calfornia. The students scored as high a the Palo Alto School District and surpassed many schools across the state of California. After that success. Rocketship Education charter schools were established in six more areas in San Jose over the span of the next handful of years.
In 2013, the restructuring in leadership led to Preston Smith becoming the sole Chief Executive Officer of the Rocketship Education charter schools. That same year, Rocketship Education opened a charter school outside of the state of California for the first time. The location is Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A year later, in 2014, another school was opened in Nashville, Tenessee and then another school was opened in Washington D.C., in 2014.
The Rocketship Education charter schools have ha strong support from parents and funds alike. In 2015, more than 400 parents organized themselves and started a fundraising to support the establishment of a charter school in Redwood, California as well. The charter school in Washington D.C. was also established with the help of Apple Tree Institut, allowing the charter school to provide preschool education as well.
Over the years there have been several supporters of the Rocketship Education. A number of the facilities have received funding from the Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund. The Fund was started up by the former professional tennis player Andre Agassi. The Rocketship Education charter schools would not have come as far as they have without that support.