Milwaukee is a hard-working city with a rich industrial past. It should be no surprise that a group of parents, community organizations, and elected officials fought hard to convince Rocketship to join the great work happening across the city to ensure that all students have access to high a quality education. As the first region outside of California, we have a lot to be proud of—but we also have a lot of work ahead of us. There are 90,000 elementary age children living in the city yet only 46% of them will graduate from high school. Many high school graduates—only 20% by some estimates—will even be ready to attend college.
There is a steep climb ahead of us, but we are confident that the combination of an engaged community and great schools will ensure that every student in the city has the opportunity to excel in school and thrive in their community. We plan to initially open eight high-quality schools in Milwaukee by 2018, serving over 4,000 Rocketeers. Our first school, Rocketship Southside Community Prep, opened August 2013.
"Milwaukee parents are hungry for excellent schools. Alongside parents, we are ensuring that our Rocketeers are the future leaders in their communities and beyond."
Milwaukee Founding Team & 4th Grade Teacher
Our first school opened in August 2013.
We're excited to see the gains our Rocketeers make after their first year at Rocketship.