I'm a second year here at Ren-Arts and absolutely loving it! My teachers are all very helpful and it's hardly ever boring (except fro study period, which could use some work). There is no real social competition, no bullying, and no fights. The staff is strict, but only if you disobey, and if you are ruffian this not the school for you. I find it interesting and the music is cool!
I must disagree with some of the recent reviews, especially such remarks as "Jim Jones", and "Soviet". I've chaperoned field trips to Disney Hall and sat on the sidelines of many after school rehearsals and what I see are hundreds of kids experiencing enrichment that they would not receive elsewhere. Some of the top performing kids received their first instrument at Ren Arts and started from scratch, so the comment that the teachers only care about the talented kids is just not true. Regarding Parent Involvement, I just don't know. There is no PTA and I have never been aware of a parent meeting. The few parents I've met agree with me that there could be better communication in regard to events and scheduling. This is my only concern, which is a small price to pay in return for seeing my child perform at Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.
The stated mission of RenArts is certainly admirable, and the annual performances are impressive, but there are some pretty questionable pedagogical practices employed here. The director of the school rules the cavernous, one room campus with the assistance of a public address system, Jim Jones-like. Students are routinely rebuked publicly for various infractions and made to sit on a small rug in the middle of the schoolroom. The interior is monochromatically grey and grim, and the pervasive atmosphere is Soviet: students at their tasks look unhappy. Further, the school has embraced a questionable sink-or-swim pedagogical philosophy of autonomous scholarship where kids are more likely to be told to look it up in the book than have their questions meaningfully answered and faculty members seem more interested in their students making multitudinous margin notes in their texts than their actually understanding the material.
This school is very hard. They make you study stuff that is unnecessary. ITS IS DIFFICULT and you must purchases items that you will only use once in your life. This school makes you spend alot of money for for dumb music stuff.
i attended renarts a few years ago, when I started there i thought this is going to be easy, no problem. As the months went by i realize the teachers only care about a specific group of students who the teacher thought were talented. i was left behind. And now in a public school i realize how much important info i missed in those years at renarts. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL FOR ANYONE!
This school is great. I'm a first year here, but now I feel like I've been here forever. There's so much to do and so many things to find out, and none of the classes are boring. I just have to say that I love RenArts, and I plan to stay more than just one year.
I have been attending Renaissance Arts Academy since the 8th Grade. When I started I was with one other student as the foundation of the bass program. I helped build that from an independent music study class, to a full fledged focus for students, and now that focus has many talented players. even though I was a music focus, I have been very interested in the dance program, and in my junior year switched majors to Dance, and I love it. It is Fantastic, the dance program really encourages full body and mind development, much like the music program, but I feel that Dancing has really made me happy. As a senior now, I take advantage of our amazing choir, Dance Companies, and creative writing as after-school programs. its an acquired taste but i love it.
I am a current student at Ren Arts, and I must say I was quite impressed with how different this school is. I didn't know what to expect on my first day. It was a wonderful surprise to see how amazing this school was. There are no classrooms, but two high-ceiling rooms that resemble oversized attics. The different grades are not separated, and every student does the same assignments. They are very into the music program and almost every child has to choose between a violin, viola, cello, or base. For first-year students you have to stay for an extra hour and a half to practice orchestra, but the rest of the week ends at 3:00. They teach many different things, including Latin and Art History. There is no recess, but dance as PE, which to me is very social. Overal, I find this school amazing.
This is an excellent school - great kids, great faculty, great academics, great arts program, and a great fit for my daughter. As a small school, it does not provide everything you would find in a large school, but it is a unique place and we love it.
When I moved my son to this charter school I thought I had found the educational Holy Grail. Was I WRONG. This school is ONLY about note-taking as far as I could see. It is also like a prison where there is no sensitivity to the individual at all. I was relieved to find a new school for my son and he is now thriving - it wasn't him! It was Ren Arts that was driving the love of learning from him. Also BAD: No outside area and kids who are not deemed 'talented' are left behind. Thumbs down.
I was looking around the area for a charter school for my 12 year old daughter who is very anti social. I read about Ren arts and decided this was going to be the school for her. This is a performing arts school and all the children must wear comfortable clothing (NO JEANS) that allows them to move for dance and be comfortable throughout the day. This is not a school were a parent has to worry about the kids being up to date with the latest fashion or the kids competeing about who is wearing the most expensive clothe, I really enjoy listening to my daughter play her viola and all the new friends ahe has made. I love Ren Arts and so does my daughter
We as parents have to remember that this is a school of choice and we choose to have our children go to Renarts. If you child likes the school he/she will excell if your child doesn't like it hw/she will fail..You and your child have to be committed to practice and you will prosper...I'm sorry that some parents feel that this school was a waste of time for there children. It is only a waste of time if you allow it to be, but in the process don't waste others time by your ignorance..
We have seen both the private school structure as well as the public school setting, after reading the postings, what a shame for those that beleive that teaching is only a classroom excersise, remeber it takes a village. Ren Arts is outstanding...
My kids use to attended RenArts school, unfortunately it was a disappointment after they transferred to another public High School, come to find out some of their credits are not VALID! The expectations from the teachers are un-real! it smells, the air conditioner is never on, the heater is never on! ohhhh..,but they are good at asking for our donations! Why!! if they don t even clean the place, air & heater is never on! Be Careful and inquire if once the kids transfers to another school the credits would be valid and acceptable! Big Disappointment!! I regret it so much!
Rigorous ascademic program which prepares kids for college. Great music program that gives the students ample opportunity for performance. Discipline, for even the most minor indiscretions, borders on cruel and arbitrary. Many students break under the pressure of this type of discipline.
At first my kids were leary about going to RenArts. There are few social events and no area to be outside. I wanted a safe environment for my kids that prepared them for college and life. I got exactly what I wanted. I do not think you can go into any other school in LA that prepares a child better for college and teaches them a good work ethic. Much of the materials covered are college level. I am impressed with the teaching. I am impressed with the material. I am impressed with how much the children have learned and how they did not notice. I am impressed with the faculty. I am impressed in how much calmer the children are and how they can focus on their work better. I saw that other parents criticized the unorthodox system at RenArts. I believe the RenArts system works and it rocks.
I love Renaissance Arts Academy. My child has violin lessons every day---taught by a professional violinist. He has a reason to go to school every day and Not one teacher will let him get behind. He has tutoring available in Latin, in math, and science whenever he needs it. When assignments are missing teachers let you know instead of the, 'well he missed the due date' attitude. My husband and I feel as though the whole school cares about each student doing well.
At first I was surprised at the large room. I thought, 'how can everyone work in here?' But now I couldn't imagine being cooped up in a small classroom. The students and teachers all work together and we're able t No accomplish amazing things, like reading all of Dante's Inferno, and Plato's Symposium. Everyone helps each other in all of the academics because we're all studying the same things. I can ask any of the older students to help me with Latin or Physics. I've never been in a school where the older students cared about how the little kids did. The arts classes are awesome. I have dance four days a week and percussion on Fridays. The dance teachers are really serious and we are able to perform originally choreographed pieces at recitals. RenArts isn't for anyone who doesn't want to work hard, if you do it's great.
This school is for those who sleep during classes. The school is one big room, no walls in between classes, just tables and chairs. Generally we sit during every class and read books, with little or no instruction at all. There is no outside room except for a very small parking lot outside. The idea here of education is sit down and read books. Sometimes there are very limited seats and those who misbehave are sent to a carpet outside of the school, which really is a punishment because it smells so bad. The students here are confined like thirty rats in one small cage which are punished if they move. When working on performances, the entire school is confined to a giant study period, sometimes with one study sheet for several weeks, Sudoku, or absolutely nothing, just expected to sit there if you are not performing. I'm out of space...
Not for everyone but if your child is even a little self motivated then you can expect an education on par with the best private schools. The school is still young and not without its growing pains but after only 4 years it ranks as the top LAUSD middle school. No sports, but also very little homework so students are encouraged to participate in AYSO, Little League or other seperate sports programs.
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