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Renaissance Charter School Of St. Lucie

Charter | PK-8 | 1278 students

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 8 ratings
2013:
Based on 18 ratings
2012:
Based on 10 ratings
2011:
Based on 8 ratings

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Posted June 2, 2011

I truly thought I was alone on the way I felt about this school. Renaissance Charter is the worst!!! I was suppose to take my children out of this school but my kids begged me to stay. I wished I listed to myself. The principal was never around to speak to him about anything. The assistant principal should give up his position because he do not know what he is doing. I agree with the other reviews in regards to the teachers. They do not seem happy and they do talk I mean yell at the kids like the kids are not worthy. I had to have a meeting with one of the male teachers in regards to what he said to my son. I heard that some of the teachers are not certified and they are filling positions with some of the front office clerks. I already decided to take my children and put them in another school. I heard the other schools are not that great but I do not care. Its been a nightmare. Please parents rethink your decision on this school. I believe it could have been a great school if the staff could leave their personal issues at home and be teachers, front office support, or whatever title they hold. I thank GOD the last day of school is right around the corner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2011

Thank god the school year is almost over. I am soooo unhappy at this school. I agree with the others, teachers seem very unhappy to be there, there are no books in the minut library, there is no gym which means when the kids have play time(about 4 classes at a time) they have to share the area outside with a gym teacher the other gym teacher has space on the pavement where the car loop line is. They have enrichment classes... its a joke. My child watches movies in them all... not even educational movies... computers, they have acutally touched a computer probably 5 times this YEAR. Art, they get to color a picture- yay! They do have to walk in perfectly straight lines in the hallway and if they dont, they "practice" walking the halls until they get it right or they dont get to go outside and play.The parents who have givent this school a good review must work full time and never volunteer to actually see what goes on. I think the classes are overcrowed. 23? I thought FL state had a 18 child limit? Its impossible to have any one on one. I could teach my child a months worth of lessons in one day. Homeschool?? It is crossing my mind!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2011

I agree with some of the parents comments about kids not being kids. Teachers seem like they hate their jobs. Admin really does not care at all. School was a major mistake. As Parents we had very high hopes for this school and we can not wait to finish the year out. Most of the Teachers at the school are nasty do not smile, yell and belittle the kids and then some. Principal Leadership now that's a whole other topic. The Assistant Principal should not even be in his position at all. There are a few good things but the bad really outweighs the good by a longshot. I can go into a lot of detail but there are not enough characters to display my complete unhappiness about the school as a whole. Good Luck to all the Parents that have select this school and hopefully there is a MAJOR Change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2011

Luckily, we are out of this school already. It is terrible.. If you have an advanced/gifted child think twice. The curriculum is too easy and the children can't talk have to walk in perfectly straight lines, kids just can't be kids and the administration does not care.. The parents are great and put a lot of effort into the school but the teachers and the parents receive no support. Watch out they are opening in Tradition too
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2010

This is my daughters first year at Renaissance and we have been pleased with the school. She has an excellent teacher and enjoys the work she does each day. Every staff member we have encountered has been pleasant as well as interested in the students and their families. We toured several schools in our selection process and feel that the academic goals and nurturing environment at Renaissance are top notch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2010

This is our 2nd year here. I know it was a new school last year and there was a lot to work through but I expected more by year 2. The teachers for the most part are awful, not certified, overworked and way underpaid. Twice in 1 month my daughter's 1st grade teacher has sent home notes with misspellings....unacceptable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

my daughter is in the 6th grade and I signed her up for this school thinking it would be perfect for her.. However I hate the school the teachers are bigger on discipline than education, its lacking a library, they have no gym for physical activities, dropping off and picking up my child is a nightmare. It is the worst school I have ever had to deal with. And yes I said deal with because that is what you have to do. They dont take the time to explain to the children about the work that they are expected to do, not to mention how the chicken is pink and the hamburgers are red and the milk is expired and lumpy. Not what you would expect from a school that just opened in 08/2009. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
—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 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
56%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 63% in 2014.

161 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

161 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

162 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
75%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 56% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
45%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 53% in 2014.

151 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

152 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
59%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 56% in 2014.

147 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

147 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
63%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 47% in 2014.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
78%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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.

143 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
n/a
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".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • 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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
86%
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 48%
Hispanic 26%
Black 21%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 50%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/AN/A
Female 50%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 100%65%61%
Master's degree 0%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
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 20%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Dance club: Hip Hop and Ballet
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • MS. RACHEL WINDLER-FREITAG
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (772) 344-5985

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Marzano
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Baton
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club: Hip Hop and Ballet
  • Drama club
  • Game club
  • Glee Club
  • Lego League
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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300 Northwest Cashmere Boulevard
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Website: Click here
Phone: (772) 344-5982

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