Rocketship Rise

2335 Raynolds Place SE Washington, DC 20020

(202) 750-7177

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Rocketship Rise

AppleTree@Rocketship opened in the Fall 2017 at with four preschool classrooms and four pre-K classrooms in the beautiful new space at Rocketship Rise Academy.

Our AppleTree@ model means that we provide a high-quality preschool and pre-K at Rocketship, a pre-K to 2nd grade public charter school. AppleTree students are enrolled at Rocketship and we work closely with the kindergarten teachers to ensure a successful transition from pre-K to elementary school.

In-Person School Tours

All AELPCS schools will hold in-person school tours by appointment only. Due to Covid-19, tours and enrollment appointments are at a maximum of 3-5 people at a time.

  • In-person school tours are each Wednesday and by appointment only.
  • In-person enrollment appointments are every Monday and Tuesday from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

For more information, please reach out to Andrea Wright, or call the campus at (240) 442-8712.

New Families: Please check out Family Connections for more information about AppleTree Schools:

Family Virtual Handbook SY20-21

Child Find Policy

Rocketship Bullying Prevention Policy

Meet the Principal


Tara Young joined AppleTree in October of 2016 as the Principal of the Democracy Prep campus. She has work experiences in various capacities as an employee of Prince George’s County Public Schools. Her experiences include serving as a Kindergarten Teacher, Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal, and Resident Principal.

Ms. Young received her undergraduate degree in elementary education and sociology from North Carolina Central University. She later earned her Master’s of Science in educational leadership from McDaniel College. Ms. Young has a certification in literacy coaching from the University of Maryland and she was endorsed as a New Leaders principal where she acquired essential knowledge and skills for leadership in urban settings.

Teaching has always been a passion for Ms. Young. She views education as a moral imperative and is dedicated to providing quality educational experience for children. Serving as Principal with AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School will give her the opportunity to share that knowledge, and passion with other educators and influence them to seek excellence for every child.


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