Rocketship Opens First DC Charter School


October 11, 2016

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) – The former world’s number one tennis player Andre Agassi helped develop a new charter school, Rocketship Rise Academy, in Washington, D.C.’s Woodland Terrace neighborhood in southeast. And Tuesday, he was in the District to cut the ceremonial ribbon and celebrate its opening.

“It’s unfortunately a very daunting societal issue,” Agassi said, “righting the listing ship of public education. But these kids deserve it.”

According to Agassi, his decision to develop charter schools came at a time when he had reached a low point. His tennis career was tanking; he felt disconnected from life. When he began to wonder how much choice or control do any of us have over our lives?