First, it is small. Only 350 students. It means that kids don't get lost. Second, they work together. It's more about helping each other succeed than being the best. I like it most for those reasons.
This school is amazing!! My son is doing so much better and has a much better understanding of mathematical concepts. I wish they had a school like this when I was a child! I recommend this school to any parent who is tired with the old conventional way of teaching and is open to new innovative ideas!!
This is the second year at Ren Arts for both of my daughters they both love it! I have watched them grow so much in these two years. My youngest has really come along way academically and I give credit to her advisors, especially Sid who she really enjoys working with. I am a single struggling mother who is so thankful to Ren Arts for providing access to the arts (dance and Viola) it takes a village! The schools dedication to the students makes all the difference. Thank you Ren Arts!
Don't know where my daughter would be if it weren't for this school. She has blossomed into an amazing dancer, and her academics have never been better. The advisors are extremely helpful and the directors are caring and genuinely concerned about every scholar that attends their school. I love RenArts. I only wish there were more schools like Renarts.
This school approaches students as learners and not automatons. The teachers know the students individually. They believe every student can learn and help them. Students are given responsibility for their own learning and engaged in directing their own success. The directors and staff are always available for conferences.
Being at Renarts from 7 years I come to the conclusion that this is a great school due to its college level self-learning and interdisciplinary studies. The "Great Books" are questioned, deconstructed, and loved so you are receiving the best of the best here at Renarts. People have a negative connotation associated with the milieu of a "Liberal Arts Education" because of reviews from Newsweek ranking the "Liberal Arts" in a list of "The Most Useless College Majors" filled with vast unemployment and low salaries. I completely disagree with the world's perception. Renarts teaches you how to teach yourself. I agree with the president of Dartmouth college John Sloan Dickey who said " The Liberal Art present choices ranging from the largest philosophic issues of wisdom and wrongdoing through the dilemmas of statecraft, the hypotheses and many wrong ways of science to the most delicate variants of taste and style and expression and all arts form, could any other field other than the liberal arts yield as broad and as significant an introduction to life's comparisons and choices? " As he tagged them as "liberating Arts" making you a independent student here at Renarts.
This is a fantastic school.! My daughter is in her 4th year, and while she would have done well almost anywhere, she has really blossomed at Ren Arts. She is challenged to really think- about science, math, literature, art, politics, language and so much more. She is inspired every single day. I was initially worried about my son, who is in his first year. He's not a self-motivated learner, and has struggled in school. When I told Ren Arts of my concerns, they said that he didn't have to be a particular type of student; that it was their job to teach every kid in a way that inspires them to learn. They knew he might be a challenge, academically and socially, and they welcomed him. From day one, he has felt valued as an important part of the school community. They teach to create life-time learners, and not just 'to the test' or for memorization. Both my kids have shown growth in forming their own ideas and thinking more broadly about everything. This would be more than enough to recommend Ren Arts, but if you ever have a chance to attend one of their performances, prepare to be amazed. Ren Arts is the most well-rounded, exciting education one could ever hope for their kids.
I thought this school was terrible. I had my two daughters put in here because I saw the great reviews. However, when they went in they instantly did not like it. There was no homework so I thought that was pretty sketchy. The teachers are all mean and pick favorites. The school is one big room with no campus. Students are not allowed to wear basic clothes like jeans. The two crazy ladies who run the place disrespected me when I asked some questions. It is not academic AT ALL. My daughters did not learn anything useful besides some violin. Then my son was at Eagle Rock and he loved it so I transferred them to Eagle Rock and instantly loved it. Renartrs was a terrible school for me and my kids.
Nope! Personally for me this school was very unsatisfactory. I think that you should know that it is not an academic school its just music. However, if the teachers don't like your child which is very common, they wont teach you anything. Kids there are bullies. There is no campus and it just made me very depressed to be there. My recommendation is to never go to that hellhole of a school.
My child was expected to work together with others around her and contribute to the community as a musician and a scholar. This experience has served her extremely well in college. RenArts gave her daily opportunities to learn and solve real problems as an intellectual and a performer. She developed a deep confidence in her ability to communicate and direct her own learning. For students ready to work on challenging material and develop discipline this school is a perfect match.
I can honestly say this school is OK for middle school. Ren Arts was a wonderful place during my middle school years because I got to learn the cello. But beware favoritism does exist at this school. There are a lot of things wrong with this school for example: very bad math department, distracting environment, verbal abuse, emotional pain, and DRAMA! The school directors are not very good at solving problems and always put the blame on the student! Another thing is that they expect you to learn something even though there is another lesson going on in the "station" next to you. I loved this school very much but the academic program gets really boring after a while. There is also a problem with teachers getting fired constantly because they do not live up to the standards of the school directors.The directors probably make a kid cry at least every month( I know I cried alot) But if you want you kids to get into the arts renarts is the place BUT ONLY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL! If your kid succeeds in the arts after middle school they can apply for places like VAPA, Idywild and if they are really good Lachsa or Interlochen.I 'm grateful because this school introduced me to the cello!
My daughter attended RenArts and had the best education I can imagine it is possible to get from a progressive, forward-thinking institution. The staff here, especially PK and Sidnie, are superb, thoughtful people who know what a safe, smart school should be.
OK SERIOUSLY THIS SCHOOL IS NOT A GOOD CHOICE! My child attended a few years ago he loved it! But then he started to notice that everything was based on if the school directors liked you or not! The teachers were not very helpful and never responded to my emails. The directors made my child would come home crying on how the directors where mean to him. My child had terrible grades, so the directors called me to sit in classes with him. What I observed is that the teachers mainly only help the students that they like. Oh and if you already play an instrument this is not the school for you, my child always got bullied to even though the directors said it was a "bully safe location. The kids there where very mean to him and pulled pranks on him. And they have a "special (rehab arts) program for the kids who are not "talented" (they had to change the name because parents got furious). This is a terrible school! The office staff is terrible to it took them a month to give me my childs transcripts to switch. My child told the directors that he/she was audtioning for another arts school and the director said "Oh and you think your going to get in" my child got inTHIS IS THE WORST SCHOOL
This school is perfect in the way they teach the classics and the arts, and is wonderful in that they combine children into groups based on their learning level and not their age. Also, learning in a large space like this requires focus of attention. For a motivated, artistic child, I'm not sure there is a better place in LA to learn. And for kids who enter the school far behind, advisors will spend countless hours 1 on 1 trying to help them catch up (I remember spending hours teaching a 15 year old who came to us unable to read)... HOWEVER, the discipline philosophy at this school is a serious problem- they don't quite understand the best way to deal with un-ruly children and so the children are forced to sit idle on a dirty carpet (and shamed for it) as a result. This needs to change. But from an educational aspect, this school can be incredible for any parent/child willing to commit to the content (of the classics and the arts). And for parents/children who are willing to work hard and be motivated.
My child has been at Renaissance Arts Academy for five years. She has blossomed BECAUSE of the things that this school DOES NOT have. She has been challenged to think beyond the every day concerns of most teenagers. She has had experiences that should would never have gotten in a regular school. She's performed at Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, she's taken Physics and Latin, she's read Wuthering Heights and The Aeneid. Stressing about grades and tests and homework is something she has NEVER had to worry about at this school, and me either. She is free to put all her focus on learning.
Rating this school using a star system is nearly impossible because it has many pros and cons that make it a great experience for some and a dispiriting one for others. My child attended for middle school , so my comments cover grades 6-8, though I think most apply for high school as well. PROS: - Safe environment - no gangs, guns etc. Close quarters--and constant supervision--keep bad behavior to a minimum. - Great, quirky kids. Although admission is decided by lottery, families tend to self-select. (Lots of aging hipster parents.) - Amazing classical music program (strings, choir, percussion ) and good modern dance program CONS: - No sports, P.E , drama, visual arts, spoken language classes or extra curricular activities such as dances, clubs, etc. - Academics are spotty. A lot of the best teachers don't last . There is virtually no academic homework, and while provocative longterm essays are assigned, teachers are apparently either not qualified to, or too lazy to, provide constructive feedback. - Grading is capricious, one teacher says she never gives the top grade, no matter how well the student did, because she "doesn't want kids to get a swelled head." Really.
My daughter has been a student since 6th grade she is now in 10th. We love this school. Teachers are the best. They stay after if a child needs help come in early if needed as well.She has learned so much and really looks forward to going to school every morning. Sid & PK have been very helpful in placing her in just the right classes.We are hopeful next year she will be in honers. Thank you for everything we are soooo happy she did not have to attend Eagle Rock High School.Thanks to Ren Arts in Eagle Rock
I am a current scholar at Ren-Arts and this would be my second year attending this school I feel that this would not be the right school for me I am in 7th grade and i know 9/10th graders in the same class as me. When I was in 6th grade I found myself not understanding the material completely for the fact that this school will move very fast. So, if you feel that you can keep up very well then you can come here if not then you should not. The teachers here sometimes choose favorites in times. One of the main parts of this school is responsibilities for the fact that they dont have a janitor at lunch you must clean your own area and they do not give homework so you must study on you own to fallow your own classes
This what school should be! Someone start one for adults! This school truly challenges our young scholars to use their minds! The focus on community is setting us up to address the challenges ahead. Seeing these children grow and blossom is amazing. Reach further, stretch your mind, and your talents! YEA RENARTS!
i like the progressive curriculum, the attentiveness of the directors and the adviser's (aka teachers) and their dedication to providing the best education for their scholars (aka students). Scholars are expected to demonstrate dedication and commitment to the performance arts and academics. You won't find the Breakfast Club cliques here, Prom or Homecoming Game Bonfires. It's pure arts and academics. As a result, the school has a 100% graduation rate, the highest API scores among LAUSD middle schools and the second highest among LAUSD high schools. I am grateful that this school exists and that my granddaughter has the opportunity to experience the high level education they provide.
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