The California-based Public Charter School, Rocketship Education was cofounded by Preston Smith. Rocketship Education, which is based in California, is a network of schools. Rocketship Education was founded by John Danner and Preston Smith in 2006. California, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C are schools locations in the United States that Rocketship Education supports.
Preston Smith began his professional career as a teacher, then became a principal later in his career. Preston lives with his wife and his two children in San Jose, CA. Preston Smith and his wife chose Rocketship Fuerza Community Prep for their kids to attend.
Although there have been articles published over the years that looked at Rocketship education as a company, and not a non-profit educational institution, Rocketship’s goal is to end the gap in educational achievement in their lifetime. Rocketship Education is driven to reevaluate elementary education. There have been many contributions and key roles of their 30 plus analysts and graduate peers. Rocketship has been able to grow its operations and hit many of its goals based on the plans of their CEO, Preston Smith, and its co-founder.
Rocketship has been astute in its handling of financial data concerning their annual budgets and its cash flows. Rocketship has also focused on new sites for their schools, which is a positive thing because Rocketship can provide essential support for new communities. Preston Smith and his staff can offer their educational values and curriculum for many more people.
But, critics of Rocketship Education — specifically, some journalists, have written news pieces that have labeled Preston Smith’s Rocketship Education as a “company.” This controversial element concerning Rocketship’s label as a for-profit business has been a repeated description by some critics.
This word choice of “company” is a sensitive issue in the world of institutional education. Accusations of Rocketship Education being a commercial or privatization-oriented entity is nothing new when it comes to criticism. In Rocketship Education’s case, journalists who are going to review Preston Smith’s charter schools should use neutral terms like nonprofit or organization to label Rocketship, but for some reason, their critics just won’t.