ON-Lion Letter
Rocketship Education, a leading K-5 charter school system for low-income elementary students in Palo Alto, Calif., announced in late February that it has approved plans to bring eight high-performing charter schools to Milwaukee beginning in Fall 2013.  Expansion into Milwaukee marks the beginning of Rocketship's national presence beyond California and illustrates the tremendous amount of work that the Milwaukee community has put forth in partnering with Rocketship to transform the lives of students and families throughout the city in the coming years.

Rocketship has pioneered the transformative Rocketship Model, which combines teacher development, parent empowerment, and individualized learning to improve student achievement.

"Expanding Rocketship's innovative model nationally in partnership with the City of Milwaukee is a critical step towards eliminating the achievement gap within our lifetime," said Rocketship co-founder and chief executive officer John Danner.  "We are eager to partner with cities, school districts and communities across the U.S. that share Rocketship's sense of urgency.  We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Milwaukee and learning from the Milwaukee community in the next 12 months so that together we can ensure that Rocketship schools continue to be transformative for students, families, and community members."

Rocketship's charter, approved last November by the Milwaukee Common Council, will allow Rocketship to begin opening a network of independent charter schools in the fall of 2013, with the intent to eventually enroll up to 4,000 students in eight K-5 charter schools by 2017.  In a first for the charter sector, Rocketship is committed to opening new schools only if its existing schools are high-performing and meeting exceptionally high academic benchmarks.

Schools That Can Milwaukee (STCM) played an integral role in helping Rocketship come to Milwaukee.  The city's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports both Rocketship's expansion and STCM.
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