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Through authentic, integrated learning experiences, Renaissance will empower students to become modern learners who are critical thinkers and problem solvers, communicators, collaborators, and creative innovators who contribute to the world around them.

Renaissance Mission

Students in science classroom


Students graduate from Renaissance Secondary prepared for college, careers, and life. Learning Expeditions—deep studies of rich academic topics—are a primary means of organizing and delivering the educational program, cutting across disciplines, including the arts. Learning Expeditions are inquiry based, integrated through core content areas, and differentiated based on student needs and interests. Students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. 


Research proves students perform best when they are engaged and involved in their educational process instead of mere “recipients” of knowledge and information. The curriculum at Renaissance Secondary is authentic, relevant, and engaging.


The school's small size, along with a tradition of shared experiences such as drum circles and all-school meetings create a culture of crew that feels more like a family than traditional schools.

Meaningful connections between student and teacher are developed through daily advisory crew meetings. Advisory crews provide academic and social support through team-building activities, meetings among peers, and mentoring opportunities.

Group of students holding a student in a teach building activity
Students canoeing on voyage


Students develop a strong and lasting bond with their peers and teachers through Adventure Education.  Adventure Education voyages contribute to a culture of teamwork, perseverance, and cooperation.

Female students organizing a supply drive they organized

Supply drive organized by students


An emphasis on service learning develops students as principled, caring young people who take action as a consequence of their learning.

After I made the transition to RSS, I now know how much school can teach me beyond just the quadratic formula. This school has taught why the quadratic formula works. It has taught me how school subjects are intertwined and shouldn’t be separated. I have learned how to problem solve through trying to start a new school. I have learned how to be more flexible, which I now realize is how life really works. Every day is not going to have a perfectly set schedule. I have learned how hands on learning pushes my thinking and my perspectives. I have learned how important community is, and how it should be implemented into everything. I have learned that I shouldn’t have just accepted that for my high school career was going to be doing hours of homework, eating dinner in my room, and just trying to make it through every day. This transition to RSS was stressful, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made for my education and my well-being as a person!

- Emily K.


Renaissance offers many additional innovative experiences not present in more traditional middle and high schools. Here are just a few:






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