First Day of School in Pictures for the 2016-2017 School Year

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by BEYOND Editorial Team

School started for our Rocketeers in Nashville, Milwaukee, DC and the Bay Area just a few weeks ago and we got some incredible pictures from our families! Though we can’t share all of them, below is a smattering of pictures of our Rocketeers getting excited for school, walking into their classes, or enjoying Launch.

Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures on Facebook and Instagram. Please keep them coming – we want to follow your Rocketeers’ success all year round!

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Rocketship United Academy for Launch

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by Shaka Mitchell
Regional Director, Tennessee

Two months ago, families from south Nashville came together for a special evening. It was cold and windy, so we gathered under a tent and dove into an important task: naming Rocketship Nashville’s newest school. After some deliberation and a family vote, our community settled on Rocketship United Academy. After much anticipation, on July 28, United Academy opened its doors for the founding families. Four hundred kindergarten through fourth grade students, clad in Rocketship purple shirts, began their journey as Rocketeers. Continue reading

Building Schools for Success

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Harrison Tucker
Associate Director, Real Estate Development

It’s like a Dan Brown novel.

Here’s the plot: some elusive, nefarious villain – let’s call it the Achievement Gap League – has cleverly distributed the key to the world’s most pressing puzzle – Kids’ Success – among disparate parties, each party unaware the other is in possession of this sweet knowledge. To break the code, and stop the Achievement Gap League, all parties have to find each other, to share their nuggets of knowledge and arrange them in the right way. Here’s the catch, the Dan Brown twist: you don’t know if you’ve broken the code until years later. Continue reading

Building Facilities For the Kids

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by Harrison Tucker
Associate Director, Real Estate Development

“What do you think this is – break time?! We’ve got holes to dig, nails to hammer!” I gruffed at a small gentleman peering into the job site. Continue reading

Watch the Launching Nashville Documentary

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by Kevin Bronk
Editor, Beyond

In 2010, Rocketship Education touched down in Nashville to explore the option to bring more excellent schools to Tennessee. Four years later, Rocketship opened Nashville Northeast Elementary (RNNE) to serve 450 rocketeers and their families. Led by Nashville native and Rocketship veteran Adam Nadeau, RNNE is our eleventh school nation wide. Continue reading

Rocketship’s 2013 – 2014 Year in Review

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by Preston Smith
Co-founder & CEO

Rocketeer Supporters and Friends,

The 2014 – 2015 school year is off to a strong start as we welcomed back 6,000 Rocketeers and their families. One of those Rocketeers is my son Zeke, who is now a kindergartener at Fuerza Community Prep. I am elated to finally be a Rocketship parent! Amid all the excitement the new school year brings, I want to reflect on the incredible successes of our network this past year. Continue reading

Sharing Rocketeers’ First Day!

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by Kevin Bronk
Editor, Beyond

A new school year is upon us as Rocketeers across the Bay Area started their first day of school today. Here are some of our favorite pictures shared on social media by parents and teachers amped up for another great year! Continue reading

Rocketship in Nashville is a Long Time Coming

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by Shaka Mitchell
Regional Director, Tennessee

These days in Nashville, Tennessee, the temperature hovers between 90 and 95 degrees. While that used to mean summer days spent begging parents to turn the sprinklers on, for middle-Tennesseans it’s already back-to-school season. But the early start isn’t a new phenomenon — in a way, you could say that some people have been looking forward to this particular school year for a long time. Continue reading

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Learning, Growing and Sustaining for our Rocketeers

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by Preston Smith
Co-Founder & CEO

In 2007, Rocketship Education embarked on an ambitious mission: Build a public elementary school network that would scale across the country in order to eliminate the achievement gap in our lifetime. Continue reading

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DC School Facility Prepares for Launch

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by Barry Brinkley
Director of Community Development, Washington DC

There has been much buzz over the past year about the expansion of Rocketship Education to our nation’s capital. Community members and partners are excited about the possibilities that Rocketship’s innovative personalized learning approach will bring to the Ward 8. In Woodland Terrace, a longstanding member of the community echoes this sentiment. Continue reading

DaVinci Code – Education’s search for the Holy Grail

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by Anthony Kim
CEO of Education Elements

In the book The DaVinci Code, we find out that the Holy Grail is not a physical chalice, but Mary Magdalene, who carried the bloodline of Christ. I often feel that in education we are often focused on the wrong thing leading to a futile search for something that doesn’t exist. Continue reading

BBQ & Blended Learning: Second Nashville Rocketship School Approved

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by Shaka Mitchell
Regional Director, Tennessee

In California our Rocketeers just finished another awesome year, but across the country in Nashville, we are ramping up for Rocketship’s inaugural year in Music City. As over 400 families prepare to begin the school year later this month, we are also paving the way to add another school to the Tennessee region. Continue reading