ON-Lion Letter
In September, Rocketship Education opened its first charter school in Milwaukee, Rocketship Southside Community Prep, with help from retired tennis star Andre Agassi and other representatives of the Canyon-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund (CACSFF).

Located in Milwaukee's Layton Park neighborhood, Rocketship Southside Community Prep serves 300 students from K-4 through fourth grade, and will grow to 650 students through fifth grade by 2015.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supported the school's opening.

Its modern, 37,000-square-foot facility is an adaptive reuse of a 1920s-era commercial building acquired and converted by CACSFF, as well as 10,000 square feet of new construction.

Rocketship Education is a network of public charter schools serving primarily low-income students in neighborhoods where access to excellent schools is limited.  Its Rocketship Model combines teacher development, parent engagement, and personalized learning to enhance instruction and help close the achievement gap.

Rocketship operates eight schools in San Jose, Calif., where it has become one of California's highest-performing low-income school systems.  Rocketship Southside Community Prep is the network's first national expansion site.
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