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This school has an effective approach to homework:
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This school develops strong character in its students, like integrity, compassion and respect:
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This school effectively supports students with learning differences:
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This school effectively deals with bullying:
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Effective school leaders: Strongly disagree


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Do not work here unless you want to be treated horribly. The teachers are good but principal will torment you.



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This school has been a huge disappointment. I like the idea behind the character traits but unfortunately the administration and staff don't seem to follow it. My children have witnessed a number of situations involving bullying (with violence) and very little punishment or repercussions to deter the behavior. As a result the behavior continues and certain kids continue to be bullied and targeted. In the past 5 years that we have been at this school the teacher turnover rate has also been disappointing. On the surface the school does a great job of "selling" the school to prospective families; methods of teaching that were mentioned at the info meetings never materialized. The report cards don't have actual grades and don't provide much valuable information as to how your kid is actually doing. I have noticed there is minimal grading and correcting of work and as a result certain students will do the bare minimum because of it. How are kids supposed to learn if they don't have their mistakes pointed out to them and made to correct them? Classroom behavior is poorly managed and disruptive and interferes with learning. My children have grown emotionally thanks to the voyages but academically they didn't get much out of it.


Handles bullying effectively: Strongly disagree


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Not enough repercussions to stop the bullying and bad behavior.

Supports LD students: Strongly disagree


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Any students deviating from the norm (learning disabilities or gifted) will not have their needs met at Renaissance. If you're looking into the Discovery Program I recommend the other schools in the district that house the program. Renaissance does not have any standard method of assessing and placing gifted students appropriately into ability groups in Discovery. The academics have also not been challenging enough. The one benefit to Discovery at Renaissance was the social and emotional aspect of it with the social worker. Within the general classrooms differentiation for advanced students either doesn't happen at all or consists of the student working independently on Khan Academy or iReady. Another disadvantage to Discovery is there is very little positive interactions between the Discovery grades and the general classrooms of that same grade, and when they do have interactions it often results in bullying.

Develops character: Neutral


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Yes the school helps develop positive character in most students, the ones that care anyway. Unfortunately though there are a number of students who bully and misbehave and Renaissance does nothing to deter the behavior so it just continues to be a problem. The kids that misbehave often think it's funny and don't seem to care that their classmates are missing lunch time, art or recess because of their bad behavior.


Teacher effectiveness: Disagree


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We have had maybe 2 effective teachers at this school in the 5 years my children have been at this school.

Amount of homework: Agree


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I like the idea of minimal homework at the elementary level. Kids spend enough time in school and don't need to return home to just do more school work. Learning needs to happen in school.



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We have been part of the Renaissance Community for 8 years now. I have 3 kids that have moved on to traditional middle school and high school. They have all done exceptionally well, I believe, with the foundation and culture instilled from their elementary school--inclusiveness, self-reflection, stretching themselves to try and do hard things, a strong sense of character and community, an incredible understanding and doing of Service for others. Renaissance is a balance of interdisciplinary connections inside and outside of the classroom and in the Great Outdoors. Kids experience safe, age-appropriate challenging activities, that they will draw from and use as anchors for years to come in their lives. Perseverance. Kids do not do things once and get a pass/fail or end up with a grade, and then ultimately a label for themselves. Do you remember the smart kids in school? The dumb kids? We do not celebrate grades, so much as Character. If you like to see plenty of rigorous homework, and graded papers, you won't enjoy Renaissance. This is NOT a school that preps kids to pass "the test." This is far from an academy-type experience. Children are celebrated as scientist, artists, writers, and mathematicians, who value collaboration with peers, their own creativity and their place inside every opening and closing circle with their crew. I could go on and on, but I won't. Go visit--see for yourself! You're invited! My kids never wanted to miss a day at Renaissance. "Kids are kids" everywhere you go, but these kids also know their sense of importance in this world. How cool is that?!


Amount of homework: Strongly agree


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The homework is min to none. It is awesome



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We have been part of the renaissance family since 2009. I have had my oldest go from k-6 now in 8th, my middle is now in 4th and my youngest starts k next year. I can't imagine any other school for my kids.

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