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Renaissance Charter School at Plantation

Charter | K-8 | 646 students

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $55,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,010.

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3 stars

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2014:
No new ratings
2013:
Based on 18 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
No new ratings

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Posted October 13, 2013

This is our third year at this school and we are so happy we stuck it out. There were many problems but they are now on the right track. The Principal and Assistant Principal are amazing. The students have a special each day: Spanish, PE, Music, Art and Technology. The teachers are the aftercare caregivers so the homework is done when you pick up your child. The new Elementary building is gorgeous. My son is in a high aceiver class and he is definitely being challenged. I know this school will continue to flourish and thrive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

The school has improved a whole lot. Yes it was hectic and disorganized in the beginning but thats to be expected with a fairly new school. The staff at Rcsp have been very professional through it all. Happy I stuck with them. My daughter loves it and is learning alp.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

School has made a complete 180 degree turn since last year. The excitement and enthusiasm is back in the air, the new principal is friendly and super approachable, and the teachers appear relaxed and enthusiastic. The new building is awesome, and kids are getting art, PE, Spanish, music, and Technology classes daily. It has been a very bumpy road for this school, but I think they've finally gotten it right this year. Well done, RCSP!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

My son just began attending this school. He is in the 3rd grade.. He seems to really like it but I haven't been too happy.. I live 5minutes away from his school and it takes me 1/2 an hr to drop him off every morning because of their poor drop off routine.. I also call the office once in a while to give a message or ask a particular question and the phone barely ever gets picked up.. It's kind of scary when u cannot contact anyone at your child's school by phone.. What if it were an emergency?? The phone should be answered at all times.. I never had to deal with this at any other school.. They are very disorganized here.. Being that my son loves the school I am trying to have patience to see if things will change.. If nothing changes I'm going to have to remove him because its ridiculous.. They don't even have a principle for the year so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

This school year has started out great. You can feel the excitement in the atmosphere. As with all schools, the first day was chaotic, but the energy is totally different from the same time last year. With the loss of the principal, the assistant principal posesses the quality of any great leader. He motivates his staff, although exhausted, he always has time for questions, and personifies the word "greatness". When asking students how their first day was in class, they had nothing but positive feedback. During all the chaos behind the scenes, the students did not experience any of this. That more than anything spoke volumes to me.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 12, 2013

If you are thinking about this school, think twice!!! Bad school, terrible principal, bad enviromente. After 2 years, I am out of that nightmare, I couldn't wait for the year to be over. Kids are only numbers, and the only think they have in mind is kids passing the Fcat, and benchmark, they overwhelmed and stress the kids about the tests all year long, I almost forgot to mention the amount of teachers that left the school because of the bad administration/ administrator, a total of 28 teacher, maybe more now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

I was "lured" to this school this past school year by friends of mine whose children attended the previous year with rave reviews! We left our beloved neighborhood public school where my children were thriving in the hopes of a more scholarly and in -depth education, especially for my gifted child. What we got was a 2-teacher turnover, a cold, closed-door Principal, and very young, inexperienced teachers. We were there 3 months and I pulled my children out immediately after the Principal denied a meeting with me stating she was "too busy to meet with parents", and we went back to open arms to our neighborly public school where my children are back thriving and I'm not asked to donate P.E. equipment, books for a library that doesn't exist, or fans on a weekly basis. They should NOT be proud of their 35-teacher turnover this year and instead lost a great family in us, my son scored near-perfect FCAT scores. And has the air quality been tested lately where the children play behind that school? by the water-treatment plant? I know MY children were tired of smelling the neighborhood poop while trying to play basketball. Ick.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

This school was amazing last year. This year it was horrible!!! My child went through 3 teachers and she cried not to go to school. The principal is very unfriendly and staff is miserable.The corporate office doesn't listen to parent concerns. We will not be returning to this scool and I do not recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

Very poor management, they only care about making money for the corporation and very little about the parents and kids. High teacher turn over. First year was ok this year a nightmare. I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL TO MY ENEMY.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

I am very disappointed with the school this year. Last year I was happy with the teacher and administration. However, this year we had a new principal and MANY teacher turnovers. I was told my son's teacher had qualifications that she didn't have and there was no support from the administration. As a parent it is sad when you go to a school where the staff is not happy to work there. My child will not be attending this school next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

One of the best I have seen, Great Teachers, staff, and most of all the students. My daughter truly enjoy it and it shows by her grades. I am very happy overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2013

The school, like our children is going through some growing pains. While at the end of last year I wanted to run as far away as I can from the school, I decided to give it another year. I must say my child's teacher this year is 100% better than last year. She is kind and warm but firm. Now my child actually wants to go to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2013

This school is like a home away from home for my children and there is nothing more comforting then knowing that my kids are happy when they leave home. The teachers are wonderful and the principal is always available to parents. Anytime I have needed to come in to discuss my children she is always available and very kind to me. I am very happy at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2013

I LOVE this school and more importantly, my kids love this school! Teachers work very hard under this new leadership and it truly shows. There have been so many new programs, both academic and extra curricular. I have 3 children and all of them have some type of extra academic program. One goes to office hours for extra help, another goes to saturday fcat school that is being offered every week and then one of my children has fcat tutoring after school during the week. Everything is to help my kids be successful and it doesn't cost me anything. This is how I know the school values my children's education. I am so lucky to be a part of this school and love all of the teachers. Everyone has been so kind and my kids are so happy with their teachers. This is a great school and I could not be happier.!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2013

Last year the school was wonderful even with the first year adjustments to overcome. The teachers were happy and there was great communication and a family feel throughout the school. A new principal came in this year and everything has changed and gone downhill. Teacher turnover has been unheard of, the principal has made it very clear it is her way or no way and is rude to parents and her staff. Her reputation at her previous school has proven to be true and while my kids remain with really great teachers this year next year it is to unpredictable and my children will be leaving. The majority of the kids have lost specials like art or music or spanish and now PE. The corporate office has been contacted many times by so many parents in regards to issues with the principal and the school and they have done nothing. Parents have been preached to about the schools expectations of parents and students, yet it has failed to follow through with making changes that would make parents more inclined to keep their children there. The staff is so unhappy and it reflects onto the children. Find a school where both you and your child will be happy, this school isnt it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2013

This is my sons 1st year at RCSP. He is a kindergartner and had a bad start at his 1st school so we started late by about 2 weeks.He loves his teacherand his class. Class sizes are small compared to other charters. The parent/faculty communication is excellent with weekly emails to let you know what went on during the week. They are a very new school as this is only their 2nd year open and yes they still have some kinks to work out but all in all an excellent school and we are very happy to be apart of it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2013

Used to be a great school yes, but not anymore! Changed principle and that was the worst mistake they made! This school lack leadership, no one seems to ever know what's going on in the school! Teachers are leaving left and right ,and the ones they do have seems to don't care to be there. I would not recommend this school unless the lead ship is changed. My child will be leaving soon !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2013

School is no longer great. I would not recommend unless your home school is severely lacking. I came here thinking my daughter would get quality education but when every teacher around you keeps leaving the school.......it makes you wonder what's going on behind closed doors. Principal is lacking social skills and seems to not like parents. Can't wait for the school year to be over to switch my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2012

Excellent school. Awesome teachers. Principal, Vice Principal and staff. My daughter is loving every minute of it. I have access to her grades whenever I want to online. We made the A honor roll for the first time. Nothing less than excellence is taught and expected. A family atmosphere and lots of fun stuff for the kids and parents. A perfect combination of fun and academics. The communication between staff and parents is fantastic. The school offers lots of extra carricular activities like basketball, cheerleading and clubs for the kids. I can go on and on. RCSP and Mr Hage are just the best. Hoping for a high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2012

Our son is very happy in the school and as a family we love his Teacher and the school. She pushes the kids and makes them strive to go further than they think they can. Communication is amazing,nothing like his other school. Information is right at your fingertips. If you don't know whats going on its because you dont read your emails or volunteer.We made a great decision for our sons future by placeing him in this school. When you can come in to a school with a smile and leave with a smile, your doing something right. Keep up the good work :)
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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51%

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57%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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54%

2012

 
 
57%

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Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
49%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
58%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
55%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
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Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

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Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
n/a

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Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

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n/a

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Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2010-2011.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

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Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 50% 23%
Hispanic 24% 29%
White 20% 42%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 81%N/A61%
Master's degree 16%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%N/A1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Mark Hage
Gender
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Associations
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Fax number
  • (954) 556-9701
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6701 West Sunrise Boulevard
Plantation, FL 33313
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