Our History

In 2003, while completing his graduate studies at Stanford University, Hiram Pérez and a small group of educators began a conversation about how they could combine leading-edge educational practices with innovative technologies to deliver truly transformative educational experiences to large numbers of students; a conversation that continues to this day.

The following year, Hiram partnered with Jaime Pales and they founded Rocket Learning. The company’s objective was to provide high-quality tutoring and educational enrichment services in after school settings using innovative pedagogical approaches. Realizing that conventional curriculum materials are not sufficiently engaging, the company chose to develop all of the academic materials it uses. It framed the entire educational process in the context of real-life projects and developed the books, manuals, music, videos and software required to bring them to life in a truly compelling way.

During its first year of operation, the company served a small number of students in Puerto Rico. By 2006, Rocket Learning was serving almost 20,000 students. That year, Rocket Learning partnered with Matthew Mugo Fields to launch operations in Florida and California. By 2010, the company was operating in 16 states and serving close to 40,000 students annually. It had become the largest and most successful provider of tutoring and educational enrichment services. But more importantly, the company was consistently helping its students achieve significant academic gains – according to an NYU study, Rocket Learning students performed seven times better than students in a control group.

In 2010, the company realized that it must diversify its service offerings in order to continue to work toward its mission. Rocket Learning chose to focus on the areas that are most likely to change the trajectory of educational practice during the coming years. It specifically chose to focus on: a) helping schools enhance their services through intervention and professional development services, b) developing educational technology solutions, and c) helping young learners get ready for the most demanding academic environments.

In 2010, the company founded a professional development division for teachers. By 2013 this division had trained almost 50,000 teachers in leading-edge pedagogical practices and approaches.

In 2011, Rocket Learning acquired Baby Stars, a preschool center in Miami, Fla. In 2013 the company acquired The Mandell School, one of the most prestigious schools in the United States.

In 2013, the company chose to organize and consolidate its emerging family of companies within Rocket Group. Under its leadership, each of its three divisions will continue to grow and expand its operations both within the United States and internationally.

In early 2014, Rocket Group launched Redbird Advanced Learning as a cutting-edge leader in educational technology, focused on harnessing the power of technology to deliver highly-personalized, seamlessly integrated and highly-effective solutions for digital natives in today’s classroom.

In the summer of 2014, Redbird Advanced Learning worked with Stanford University to create GiftedandTalented.com, the premier online community for advanced learners and students seeking academic excellence. G&T.com offers Stanford-developed, research-based online K-12 courses, expert tutors, and information and advice to help students achieve their greatest potential.

Please visit Our Leadership Team page to learn more about the visionaries behind Rocket Group.

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