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Rocketship Public Schools Reviews

Updated December 11, 2018
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Pros
  • "Brilliant, hard-working and driven peers" (in 14 reviews)

  • "People are also very interested in your professional development (at all levels) and helping you grow while also being incredibly supportive" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Absolutely no work-life balance; doesn't seem to be a priority" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Long hours with essentially no work life balance" (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Place to Work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Brilliant, hard-working and driven peers!
    - Managment is dedicated to helping you in your short-term and long-term personal goals.
    - Pay! Pay is much stronger than competitors in my area.
    - Instruction is guided, but has become SO flexible! Teachers have autonomy to bring the JOY into their classrooms.

    Cons

    - Long hours (but the pay and impact makes it worth it)

    Advice to Management

    Keep on developing and investing in strong managers! Seems like most negative reviews are due to manager-managees relationships.


  2. "Smart, Passionate and Hardworking Team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Mission Driven, Smart and Thoughtful Colleagues
    Working with amazing students and partnering with their parents everyday.

    Cons

    A current teacher shortage can make staffing difficult at some schools.

    Advice to Management

    Continue taking and implementing feedback. Thank you!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Operations Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rocketship Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Having a positive impact on kids

    Cons

    Organization does not do well vetting and developing school leaders, as a result there is an adversarial relationship between principal, teachers, staff and parents.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rocketship Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    you learn a lot, whether you want to or not. Depending on the school, some leaders can be great. Very involved parents

    Cons

    The company/network is not very receptive to feedback from teachers/staff at school sites.
    no work life balance.
    Network does not provide developmentally appropriate lessons.
    Too many useless PD sessions for returners/seasoned educators.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN to your teachers.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Find Somewhere Else to Work"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The kids have a lot of personality. You learn a lot in your first 2 years.

    Cons

    Where do I begin....

    Many teachers stay until 6 at night and come in on the weekends just to get by. Many teachers will only last a year or 2. Rocketship does pay well for your first year of teaching but they bank on you not lasting more than a year or two so that they can just replace you with someone young and dumb looking to make a decent amount right out of college. I have heard the CEO and other leaders from network say that teacher happiness does not matter. They get results quickly because of their model and honestly they know it so they abuse the teachers they hire to get results on state assessments. You will learn a lot in your first year but then in your 2nd or 3rd year you will have a new coach (they only last about a year) then they will be replaced with a new AP that thinks you are incompetent but you know more about teaching then they do. I would look for other places to work. Yes you might get a few thousand less starting off at a public school but you will work about half as many hours with a stronger curriculum and in 3 years of working at Rocketship you would make the same amount as you would 3 years into a public school. DO NOT WORK HERE IF YOU WANT ANY SORT OF LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK.

    They don't tell you how many hours they want you to work. They expect you to get there at 7 in the morning and work until 3:30pm. Then you work another hour and a half to prep. Then you have to analysis data, plan home visits, plan corrective instruction, reach out to parents daily.

    Yes this is ideal but unrealistic. When you can't meet these expectations in a day or two school leaders and the network make you feel incompetent, stupid and worthless.

    There is little to no support when a child misbehaves in your class. Most of the kids with behavioral issues need some sort of therapy or group therapy and we just aren't capable of meeting those needs. School leaders will tell you what you are doing wrong but don't tell you how to fix it. They basically just tell you to do better. The curriculum sucks as it is made in house.

    When you have a student that is an ELL or has learning difficulties and you try and voice how they just need more time to process, school leaders look at you as if you are making excuses as to why they aren't growing as fast as other students.

    Advice to Management

    Get and stick to a solid curriculum. Make teacher happiness a priority. If you really cared about the families you serve you would keep strong teachers by allowing them freedom over their class room and STOP MICRO MANAGING. You love to say you don't micro manage but that is exactly what you do so you might as well own it.

    If you keep teachers and continue to develop them, by their 3rd or 4th year they will be incredible teachers and want to stay if you ease up on them in their first two years. You burn teachers out in the first year and they end up leaving. All of that training and coaching is basically useless after that year. If you just slowed down and thought long term you would not burn them out and they would want to stay for years to come.

    Homework should be main streamed, why does every teacher in the network have to create their own homework when you can just take it from one teacher and share it to all the teachers in the same grade (which would save countless hours of prep).


  6. "Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rocketship Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    good pay for everyone, awesome message

    Cons

    work and life balance, long hours


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some students are very willing to learn, tons of resources (all online if that's your thing), very upbeat staff

    Cons

    very long work hours, I put in 60-75 plus a week, plus weekends, very data driven, don't pay extra for masters degrees, test scores weigh into bonuses, management cares about numbers and allows very disruptive students remain in class. almost everyone employed is either single and young (under 30 with no kids), very hard to manage with a family, days are long 7:30-4:30. I would not recommend this job to a new teacher or someone who has a family.

    Advice to Management

    less hours (face time at school), more access to physical resources rather than all online, modeling a work/life balance that is sustainable, hire more aides to help with disruptive students, employ a full-time social worker.

    Rocketship Public Schools Response

    Oct 1, 2018 – Senior Director of Talent

    Thank you for your feedback, and for your dedication to our Rocketeers. We know 9-hour days are common for many teachers, but because our mission to eliminate the achievement gap is so ambitious, we... More

  8. "Intense but cares deeply"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great professional development and support structure

    Cons

    Long hours, data days, data heavy


  9. "3rd Grade Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Very supportive environment from forward thinking people.

    Cons

    The school network needs to help their new hires for on boarding more.


  10. "Tutor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    Help children get to potential

    Cons

    Lots of time put in