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.
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.
News Reporter Zora Stephenson teaches students about interviewing techniques
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.
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.