Public schools are often seen as inequivalent to private schools, as they generally have less funding than the latter option. Public charter schools are leaps and bounds better than basic public schools, although they’re not often found in practice throughout the United States, as they’re able to take investments in from private parties outside of government agencies, in combination with funding sent form governments. Even further, charter schools aren’t required to adhere to the guidelines that local school boards set forth, which often don’t prove favorable for lower-income schools.

Rocketship Education is a public charter school chain with 18 facilitates across the contiguous forty-eight states of America. Preston Smith, one of two co-founders for RSED, the initialism to shorten its name, has remained with the organization since its foundation back in Redwood City, California, in 2007, back when the first academic year was carried out in a church in the heart of low-income San Jose. Preston picked up all sorts of valuable knowledge during his first decade with the group, having shared it with the world in an August 2017 article. Here are some of the most important parts of the lessons he learned.

Teachers must be from diverse places in life, as economically disadvantaged educational facilities are traditionally diverse in student bodies. Rocketship Education segregates several choices for each classroom prior to hiring begins, determines what racial makeups are best suited for each class, then assigns those teachers to classrooms in need. Preston Smith has found that students are less unruly, learn more, and retain higher amounts of information from class.

Parents are asked to invite their children’s teachers into their homes once each school year to beef up their personalized learning layouts. This is unique to Rocketship Education, as most schools don’t place emphasis on the value of parents the learning process.

Parents are, even further, involved in interviews to the point where they actually conduct the vast majority of interviews, with the sole administrator just bein present between the two sides.

Lastly, disabled students are subject to the “meaningful-inclusion model,” in which they spend more than 75% of their time at school in general, regular classrooms.