Category: School

Rocketship Education: Committed to Eliminating the Achievement Gap

Driving change in education to overcome the achievement gap is a noble mission, and it happens to be the focus of Rocketship Education. As a charter school system that was started in 2006 and is based in California, Rocketship Education has locations across the nation. They provide quality education to underprivileged children using teaching methods that are contemporary. Their practices include the use of technology and teacher-led activities.

As with other charter schools, Rocketship Education is innovative, which is necessary to overcome many of the challenges in education. The leadership team at Rocketship Education is strategic in their approach to helping students either achieve or surpass national testing standards. Like other charter schools, Rocketship Education developed their own policies, core values and teaching methods that are designed to maximize student outcomes.

Rocketship Education fosters an environment of accountability where parents and teachers are equally committed to advancing academic achievement by engaging students. They are also committed to establishing an environment conducive to optimal learning. When parents are actively involved, the learning process doesn’t just take place in school, it continues when students go home.

Like many other charters, Rocketship Education has received critiques on its practices. They use both differentiated instruction and grade group learning in a way that’s focused on the development of each individual student. This requires the effective use of technology to provide varied learning opportunities. It also includes working students one-on-one and in small groups. Focused on continuous improvement, Rocketship Education analyzes data to ensure their practices are effective. This enables continuous assessment, improvement and growth.

Rocketship Education is committed to providing every student with an opportunity to explore the world around them and use their imagination. To achieve this goal, it’s necessary to use contemporary approaches to learning. They have educated over 18,000 students across the San Jose Bay Area, Washington D.C., Milwaukee, WI, and Nashville, TN.

Despite critiques of their teaching methods and the angst often associated with the introduction of innovative practices, Preston Smith, CEO of Rocketship Education has maintained a commitment to discourse and open communication as they continually advance educational objectives.

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Orange Coast College Architecture Students tour DeNova Homes

Just the other day, DeNova Homes played host to students from Orange Coast College, one of the country’s best transfer schools located in Orange County, California. DeNova Homes is a leading, private and family-owned home builder based in California with over two and a half decades of experience in the construction industry. The educational event was graced by the Division President Alan Toffoli who gave a speech at the OCC campus. Learn more:

Later that day, The Architecture students were given a tour inside and around DeNova Home’s two model homes the further proceeded to their ongoing construction site at Aura. Alan Toffoli reaffirmed their continued commitment to community outreach by expressly stating the importance of giving back to the community while at the same time showing their support of future talent.

Aura consists of 33 meticulously designed residences with a deliberate effort to complement the unique Orange County location while at the same time bringing out the city’s coastal beauty. It also features three-floor plans, each with either three or up to four bedrooms with a study and/or loft. These two-story homes cover an area of up to 2,143 to 2,401 square feet. Each home comes with its own private yard and a two-car attached garage. There is also an additional driveway parking in case the garage is full or just don’t feel like parking in the garage.

Aura’s home interiors feature excellent finishes including hand-laid designer-selected tile floors in entry, kitchen, and master bath. They are also equipped with plush carpeting and the beautiful European Quartz countertops throughout the home. Additional interior features such as shaker-style designer cabinets, and a Bertozzoni stainless steel appliance package is also included. Aura’s home exteriors are also complete with front yard landscaping. They are highlighted by three different elevations namely, Modern Farmhouse, Plantation, and Spanish. Their starting price point is at $800,000.

Homebuyers who want more information on this project can join the list of interested individuals at or call: (714) 424-9000. Interested brokers are also encouraged to get in contact with DeNova Homes by the above-given means.