My daughter entered Renaissance since they opened. What makes this charter school better than the local public school? Customer Service. At Renaissance, students get a welcoming greeting every morning. Car doors are opened for students every morning. You can here the "Good Mornings" and "Hellos". The curriculum is rigorous. There is no time for foolishness or students who do not wish to excel or parents who would not sit with their child to do homework and projects. The school is very, very clean. My only concern is that teachers in general have limited experience.
We have 2 children in this school since they opened- currently 5th and 3rd grade. Both of them were in private and then another Charter school. Seems to me, from reading many of these reviews that the people with a problem with the school are the ones who are dissatisfied with the amount of homework, higher level of academics, discipline, required parental involvement at home with school work, etc. The school offers ample individual assessment and then various tutoring if you avail of it. I agree, sometimes a child and teacher will not "fit" exactly, we have that issue with one child, but it will not be detrimental- because we are working with the teacher and our child. The school is still growing, but it is doing remarkably well. They have my FULL support.
Lack of transparency is this schools biggest problem. What are you hiding? Why can't the parents see the tests after they have been given and graded? Are you afraid that the parents will find out that you have been testing them at the wrong grade level? Yes I have heard that and many other major mistakes being hid in this school. I don't blame the teachers, this issue rests squarely on the shoulders of the principal. The hiding and purposeful lack of information to the parents is a huge problem. I also believe they are trying to drive out the slower learners to cherry pick the brighter kids to make the school look better. Bad teacher to student ratio and no dedicated aide for the classes with ese students. Shameful.
In response to "parent" post on Jan. 10, 2014 regarding my post and rating on 10/21/13: I am under the impression that you may have misread my review, or possibly did not read my review in its entirety. My rating of 2 stars is in deed correct. I was not happy with this school. It had very little positive aspects in my opinion, and much more negative aspects. I am in agreement with you that the private school setting is best, but feel that charter would be in 3rd place with public in 2nd. To clarify, this rating of 1st place to private, 2nd to public and 3rd to charter are based solely on my experiences with the private and public schools we have had our children in and this one experience with a charter school, which for us was quite unfavorable. I am glad to hear its gone so well for you. Like our children being so different from one another, so are our standards as parents. What is a good fit for some, might not be a good fit for others. Best wishes for a continued successful school year for your children and yourself.
Due to relocating for my job, my two children have been in three different schools: Private, public, and charter. I have had experiences in all three types, and I can tell you that the public school (A-rated) was the worst of the three. The private school was the best of the three. Renaissance Charter is as close to private as I could get without paying for tuition. They strictly enforce their uniform policy (which I absolutely love), they aren't bullied and don't kowtow to demanding parents, as you usually find in public schools, and they are strict with the kids, which I also like. If you want your kids coddled and don't want them to do much as far as academics, then I would suggest you send your kids somewhere else--a public school would do fine. I would like to address the posts from 11/26/13 and 10/21/13. 11/26/13: I'm not sure if this is your first experience in a school setting, but all schools--private, public, charter--have wish lists for their teachers, fundraisers, and field trips. That's just the way it is; if that bothers you, then I suggest you home school your kids. 10/21/13: You wrote an excellent review of the school, yet you rated it two stars--was that a mistake?
This school is run like a prison. Don't walk away from this school, Run away as fast you can. Be afraid, be very afraid to send your child to this school. My great grand parents fled the iron fist. This school has a warden and is not very family oriented. I'm interested building the whole child. They take your money and run with it. There aren't any checks and balances of where any ones money goes when you donate. Some of the teacher's wish lists are ridiculous. Even the art teacher has a wish list. Renaissance buy your own supplies and stop hounding parents for money. Start giving back to your families. If you have another school for a choice, Do NOT choose Renaissance! Jon Hage, shame on you. Where are you? You just open schools but don't care to check up on your faculty. This isn't McDonald's. Your schools are run like fast food chains and they are quite unhealthy for your child.
Both of my children attend RCSCC and they couldn't be happier. Yes, the pick up situation needs a lot of work, but other than that, its a wonderful school, with great teachers. They DO NOT tolerate bullying of any kind. If you're looking for a good playground, go right next door to Brian Piccolo Park. If you're looking for a good school for your children, you are in the right place!
This school is in a fantastic new facility, although it does lack a good playground area for the children, has no auditorium, and lacks in parking. The curriculum is a bit more rigorous than the local public schools, but it lacks the warmth and welcoming touch a school needs. The staff is nearly impossible to get in touch with, and the teachers are for the most part rather cold. Should you have an issue or a question good luck getting someone to listen to you. They really do not try to help, and make zero effort in making you happy because they know that if you leave they can instantly place another child in your childs place. This school has a lot of growing to do in terms of character and personal touch. I'm glad we were able to go back to where we came from. The grass isn't always greener on the other side!
I am a parent of a first grader and I have been teaching for 14 years. I am very pleased with the quality of education offered at RCSCC. My daughter is challenged academically and I love it! The office staff is fabulous, very courteous and willing to help. Administration has always been friendly and willing to please the parent. The teachers work really hard. Many get there at 630 in the morning and don't leave until 630 at night. There are many extra curricular activities offered for all the grades. I am very glad I put my daughter in this charter school instead of her home school. I am very satisfied.
I have two children who attend RCSCC and we are very happy with our choice. The school is very focused on academics and character development, which is what every school should strive for. The school has made many improvements during their second year and so far the changes have been very positive. Parental involvement is encouraged (not in the classroom itself) and accessing grades and assignments online is extremely helpful. Online communication of school activities and opportunites still needs some work but weekly telephone and email updates by the principal is great.
I agree with one of the reviews below, my daughter teacher is not good at all, school is not friendly and way over the top strict, and totally agree with that they know that another will fill the spot, why should they care about parents being happy or not.
Both of my children go to this school. I have a first grader and a fifth grader. We are very pleased with the school. My son came out of a school where he was bullied and the school did not care! At Renaissance everything is organized and the kids are expected to respect each other. The academics is challenging but not overwhelming. We have a lot of homework and at times I do complain but I am very impressed by what my children are learning and how much they learned last year. I am very grateful for the kindness of the staff. They seem happy to there and they are eager to help in any way that they can.
My daughter is going to this school since last year, we had and excellent teacher last year and so far it looks like the one she have now is the same. We are in love with the school and the staff hope it keeps like that with the years to come.
Very happy with this school..You rock RCSCC. My daughter attended 5th grade this year and she loved it. A few bumps at first, including a teacher change, but my daughter adjusted fine! Excited to start 6th grade this coming year.
I am not happy never was happy sending my child to this school. I thought it was going to be a good year but It was the most stressful year of my life. Too much homework, the principal will not listen to you, the staff made a lot of mistakes all year through, dropping off and picking up is a nightmare!!! hours waiting...... No communication at all with the principal and the assistant principal is very rude. I am so glad that my child is going to a different school. In addition the bullying I reported to the staff was never taken into account. Parents please educate your kids so we can have great citizens for the future of this city and this world. In general I was not satisfied with the staff. Academics is great, good program.
This school is phenomenal. I am very pleased with the academics. My daughter is in kindergarten and I cannot believe how much she has learned in her first year of school. It is a new school, and of course there will always be a few bumps on the road. The staff is great and are always striving to improve our schools processes. Unfortunately as much as they try to accommodate everyone and their concerns they just cannot please everybody. In my opinion the school has made so much progress in only the first year, I can only imagine the success in the upcoming years.
I am a teacher at another school and did my homework before placing my child at this school. I love the school and have had only positive experiences here. Some people will always complain and no school is perfect. There have been some car line issues at the beginning of the year but it was addressed and now the car lines runs very smoothly. The Principal and Assistant Principal have always gone out of their way to help and listen to the parents. As a teacher, I know there are always going to be parents who want things their way or don t understand the system. I am happy here and so is my child.
This is a great school. While there are teething problems, there is an admirable attempt to deal with them. The teachers expect the students to work, which is how it should be! My son likes going to school, which is the best testimonial a school and teacher can get!
Great School!! Communication between the school, teachers and parents is excellent; is a brand new school there are many things to do and improve yet but very pleased so far. I think the school had so much potential, al of us should work together to improve each day. My Daughter loves it.
there's nothing good about this school,their rules are ridiculous they make no sence and they're always changing everything around,( the principal), if you have any concern dont bother to ask them for help they won do anything to help you,they always excuse their actions and they're always rignht,everybody is rude with no maners and no solutions!.... and some of the techers for middle grades are not good at all they have no patience, they're mean to the kids and they dont effort enought to teach your child....
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