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Rocketship Public Schools Reviews

Updated April 19, 2018
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Preston Smith
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Pros
  • Most people are extremely hard working (in 13 reviews)

  • great mission and strong commitment to students and families (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Enrichment Coordinatoor"

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    Current Employee - Enrichment Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Enrichment Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Under-credential teaching opportunity , community based work closely with families and staff to create and facilitate a fun play environment.

    Cons

    full time but not enough pay because you are a none credentialed teacher

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you are already doing , your training tolerance and performance makes me a better employee


  2. "You'll learn a lot, but expect to get burnt out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rocketship Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great committed teaching staff, go above and beyond for students

    Cons

    Very little work life balance, little support of teachers in contrast with high expectations. Many students with IEPs did not get the support needed.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School 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

    - Higher salary ( starts at about $56k )
    - Great, hardworking teachers that are friends-for-life kind of material
    - Some of the sweetest parents and children who really want to take advantage of having a better education
    - Free occasional lunches
    - Well educated staff
    - Decent benefits including PTO housing stipend, cell phone reimbursement, and health insurance with EAP

    Cons

    - Long hours with essentially no work life balance. There are also many after school events that teachers have to attend or are shamed if not attended.
    - Lack of adequate enrichment and recess for the children - on top of having an extended school day from 7:45-4:00/4:10!
    - Tons of micromanagement about turning in lesson plans. Feels like grad school or college, really.
    - Preston, the CEO, doesn’t really care about how teachers feel and pass the problem downwards to management at the school. He seems to have tunnel vision about opening as many schools as he can instead of focusing on the quality of the schools and teacher retention. He shows up with a notebook to show face at “brown bag lunches” but could really care less about his workers.
    - Lack of consistent implementation and follow through of logical consequences and restorative justice practices...so behavioral problems are simply pacified instead of addressed due to fear of high suspension rates.
    - High teacher and management turnover and lack of appreciation, therefore teacher burnout is rampant (according to Preston, he’ll just replace us and find someone else to do our job if teachers just leave. Thanks, Preston. Way to value your teachers.)
    - Making your staff “survey” the neighborhoods and essentially act like Tupperware salesman in semi-sketchy neighborhoods to beg people to enroll at Rocketship.
    - Rigged salary “bans” system that makes it virtually impossible to get decent raises the following year based on computerized numbers. Your teachers and students are more than just numbers. Where is the qualitative aspect to this school? Data is important to an extent and needed as guiding/reference points, but we are not cattle or simply high functional robots that are boiled down to numbers with standardized tests.
    - Great mission and vision - poor execution and massive disorganization

    Advice to Management

    See the cons. Take more feedback from your teachers as they are the core of every school. Preston, please actually care about all of your workers and don’t just do things to show face and just tunnel vision your way to building more schools that are high in numbers but low in quality. Stop overworking your teachers and making them see through why charters fail and discover why unions are needed to protect teachers’ well-being. For being so liberal, it’s sure a conservative mindset to not really value your teachers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of benefits, including credentialing availability

    Cons

    Stressful work/life balance, long hours, invasive coaching


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Smart, passionate people, a bit disorganized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people who are passionate about what they do. Wonderful students and families.

    Cons

    Haven't really gotten down internal organization


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Assistant Principal"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Principal
    Former Employee - Assistant Principal
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rocketship Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are great!

    Cons

    Sad that some of the positive reviews are fake! I like many other admin would receive demanding emails to post positive things about the organization to beat the number of bad reviews on here! I've never worked for an organization so manipulative and disgusting. Don't get fooled by the compensation it's not worth it!!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great team of teachers, difficult environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rocketship Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Lots of very dedicated and talented teachers

    Cons

    Very hierarchical structure, with little autonomy

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Strong culture - floundering academics"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    School culture is strong and students are bought in to the culture
    Family engagement is by far the best aspect of the organization

    Cons

    Very few content experts in the organization
    No instructional vision
    Most teachers are brand new to the field and leave after a year or two

    Advice to Management

    Hire and retain more seasoned teachers


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rocketship Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    As a new teacher the staff is truly supportive

    Cons

    long days but completely worth it

    Advice to Management

    none, thanks for everything


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Better than Traditional"

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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

    Better salary, more coaching and support and more appreciation than a typical public school. I taught public for a number of years before making the move to Rocketship and it has been well worth it.

    Cons

    There are a lot of requirements that are great for teachers who lack experience but become a bit constraining as you develop as an educator. If you stay in the network and gain trust you can advocate for changes you believe will benefit your students.


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