Charter schools that choose to operate how ever they want solely based on the fact they are charter schools just makes me question why they are so popular. I want to stress to any parent thinking about sending their child here please read my review . The drop off is a nightmare no matter if your a car rider or a walker. My child has been both. As a walker if she arrived 5 minutes before school started it was a good possiblity that they would have the children waiting at the stop sign while they let the cars pass .One day I stopped and watched and my child along with other children was standing their for almost 5 minutes, this not only made her late but It made me wonder if they received some kind of incentive for late children as they seemed to want to make the children late. While trying the car line it is an even worse nightmare. They forbid parents from parking and walking their children in before school starts even though you could spend a good 15 mintues in the car line. They cut off the car line before school starts and force you to sit and park while ALL the cars in the car line have left . If you like multiple tardies even if your early , be my guest and enroll
This school is outstanding!! The teachers are great and the instruction is challenging. My children showed a lot of progress this year and one of them started to like math for the first time ever. The staff is professional and driven. The administration is also top notch and seems to get in contact with parents rapidly. My children came from a state ranked school that was extremely innovative and we are very happy here. Good luck trying to get in....the wait list is gigantic!!
I do not know what school the kids go to with the good ratings but certainly not this school. From non-certified teachers; to teachers with sketchy backgrounds, to teachers with no classroom management. Most of the teachers here seem to have come from some place else and obviously with back stories. This school horrified my child. The teachers in my child's classroom were not professional. They yelled and screamed at the students. I noticed my child's behavior was changing through out the school year. It's really a shame as we have been here since before the opening of the school. The only thing that's special about RCSCC is the children but the school should be closed. There is too many inappropriate activities to mention that go on behind their doors. If you bring them to the schools attention, they don't want to hear it. I've read reviews from other schools under this management company and they all say same thing, that the school makes promises it doesn't keep. I won't ever let my child walk into this school again. It isn't a safe place for a child to go to school. This is why so many people are choosing to home school.
Wonderful experience. My children has been here since they opened their door in 2012. My 3rd grader did amazing in the FCAT, his teacher was so wonderful. Yes, there was lots and lots of work, but it was worth it. My 1st grader didn't have the best experience. His teacher was new, unexperienced and well, she can use a course in classroom management. The staff is wonderful. There are many things that can always be improved but overall this is a great school. I cannot understand why any parent would ever get upset because their children are challenged to learn. They give material that is ahead of their grade level, but it's so pleasant to see the academic growth at the end of the year. Looking forward to many more years.
Test scores do not tell the whole story. How is this school rated a 9? High teacher turnover, lack of experienced teachers and no library. I will be looking elsewhere for my child.
Love the School, the staff is great, The Principal (Verdier) and the Assistant (Ms. Padierne) are awesome. The Teachers are incredible in terms on helping the students, communication with parents. I am very HAPPY!!!!!!
Nightmare this year! Multiple teachers this year for my daughters class. Teachers quit and school can't find quality replacement. Too much transition with staff. They lose good teachers to school board while weaker/new teachers struggle with small classroom and larger number of students. New website and student pick up/security system never introduced after big project sell at beginning of year. News flash, principal is leaving for new school located in Pines, formally a KMART on Palm and Pines Blvd! Other review is correct about lack of transparency. I predict a mass exodus after this year. If the current Assistant Principal takes over, I would have to look at other options. School does NOT create a warm and friendly school environment. It is run like a business. Kids are sent home busy work copied off the internet. Most work is not level appropriate. My third grader had work designed for 5th graders most of the year. No library or computer lab. Get ready for all the fundraising! They roll out BS fundraising programs every month! Have not seen the money go towards early grade levels. Must buy uniforms in SUNRISE store.
My daughter goes to RCSCC since their opening back in 2012, i can't be happier with the teachers and whole staff. Can't wait for my son to join them for this upcoming school year in kindergarten.
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.
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