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Renaissance Charter School At West Palm Beach

Charter | K-8 | 743 students

 

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2013:
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Posted June 20, 2014

MY KIDS HAAVE BEEN ENROLLED SINCE THE INCEPTION. SO FAR ALL 3 KIDS HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE GREAT TEACHERS. MS RICHARDSON, MS EDGAR, ARE BY FAR 2 OF THE MOST PHENOMENAL TEACHERS WHO HAVE IMPACTED 2 OF MY KIDS. MY 6 YEAR OLD HOWEVER DOESNT SEEM TO HAVE GOTTEN THE BEST TEACHERS IT SEEMS. ALSO I THINK THE SCHOOLS ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO WORK ON REWARDING AND ACKNOWLEDGING THE KIDS MORE WHEN THEY MAKE HONOR ROLL. CONSISTENTLY MY 2 GIRLS HAVE BEEN HONOR ROLL STUDENTS YET IT SEEMS TO GO UNDETECTED. MY SON HAS SUFFERED AT THE HANDS OF TEACHERS WHO DONT SEEM TO REALLY EMBRACE THEIR ROLE TO IMPART AND IMPACT. ALSO I AM AT EVERY SINGLE PARENT MEETINGS AND THE PARENT INVOLVEMENT AT THIS SCHOOL IS REALLY GREAT. OVERALL I THINK IT IS A GREAT SCHOOL WITH A LOT OF POTENTIAL. IT IS MY HOPE FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR THAT MY SON WHO ADVANCES TO THE 2ND GRADE WILL GET A TEACHER THAT UNDERSTANDS HIS/HER ROLE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2014

I had high hopes for this school when it first opened last year. For a while, it looked as though they were going to work out the kinks and pull through. Boy was I wrong. The biggest problem is that the school itself is controlled by a company called Charter School USA, who only really looks at the school from a financial point of view. They really do not believe in "investing" in the school, but are the first ones to send out emails pleading with us parents to call our congress people to make sure they get more funding. They are responsible for hiring teachers, and can't even place a 7th grade math teacher at the school for over six months! The bottom line is this: Renaissance Charter School at West Palm Beach has a huge problem with the children that attend. I can't blame the children actually, but I can blame their parents. If your priority is "free babysitting", then by all means enroll your child at this school. However, if you expect your child to get an education and emerge from the 8th grade (next year) on par with most of the other public schools (or charter schools) in the district, then do your child a favor and look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

I feel it is my duty as a mom to warn other parents about this school. I work at a law firm near the school and loved how close the school is to my job. This school is horrible. My son is in middle school and mostly all (except for 2) of the teachers have quit (effective immediately) and been replaced by substitutes. He hates it there and begs to stay home daily. Lots of bullying and very uncaring teachers. The dean is nice and really tries to look out for the kids but he can't do it alone. I can't wait to move him to another school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

Middle school is joke. All but one of the teachers that my daughter had at the beginning of the year have quit. Lots of bullying and behavior problems issues as well. My daughter still manages to be an honor student through it all but she will not be there next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2014

Not suprising that the poor rating for this school exists. The behavior of adminstration is full of conflict and attack mode behavior, no regard for students safety. I expect more from professionals.


Posted January 6, 2014

If the school down the road wasn't just as bad Id have moved my child there. The administration are not interested in handling bullying issues especially if its a white child being bullied by black children. School starts again tomorrow after Christmas break and my child is literally crying his eyes out because he doesn't want to go back there where they are "twerking in the hallway" and the teachers regularly call them idiots and tell them they are destined to work in fast food..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2013

This is my child's first year at the school and so far so good. The principal is understanding to the needs of her children and the teachers are as well. The staff in the office are very helpful with all parenting needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2013

Certainly shows how some of the comments are from those that are downright ghetto! My experience with the staff has been excellent and professional. My student is thriving and enjoying all the school has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2013

To my child's teacher: I expect the clothes, school supplies, and any and all other property I give my child to be there for her to use. I expect you to do something to stop the constant theft that is going on in the classroom. I cannot afford to buy a new jacket for my child every week. They are expensive. Same goes for pencils, markers, rulers, etc. .....and you don't seem to be interested in doing something about it. Furthermore, I expect you to be busy teaching and supervising when my child is there, and turn off your cell phone while in the classroom or anywhere else with the kids. Just like in any other workplace, you are paid to work, not to take care of your personal life, however busy it is. Your personal life needs to be handled outside of work hours. This is not only unethical, but puts the children you are supervising at risk when you are busy with your phone and not paying attention to them. Furthermore, I do not appreciate you slamming my car door when I pick up my child. I, too, had a stressful day, but I don't take it out on you when we meet. Maybe, just maybe, the kids would behave in a bit more mature way if you tried to do the same?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2013

So far so good! I am loving it the school, organized, attentive, great teachers, great staff.... It is my daughter first year, but it looks like we will have a great experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

Well where do I start??? This my child's first year at Renaissance. Thus far I am not impressed but I am still trying to give it an honest and fair chance. As previously stated, there seems to be no such thing as organization at this school. I understand that it is still fairly new, but each and every time that I enter the main office, it is a zoo! It is a big turn off to say the least. There seems to be no system in place for absolutely anything. I hope and pray things change for the better of the school and students otherwise I'm pulling my daughter out. Some of the behaviors that she describes of the teachers and students is very unsettling to me. If this continues, the school won't last! We shall see!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

This school is so unorganized!! I had to pull my children out due to the behavior of other children. The teaching we have experienced was a joke! They are so strict about the uniforms, but what does that matter when the school is a hot mess! They are focused on the WRONG things! A child should be able to ask a teacher for help and not to be told to sit down. The principal disregards the problem areas, she just passes them on to someone else. I have never been so disappointed in a school. I was so excited for my children to attend Renaissance, now...so ecstatic to be GONE!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

I don't know what to think. I am feel little upset. Mrs. Carlson was my son's teach. Then all the sudden gone. She was a veteran teach. Which I like. There is sub teach in the class now. My son tell me that Mrs Carlson took all the stuff in the classroom. This really show how much was Mrs. Carlson and the school stuff. I don't mind helping when I can, but if no one can ask the parents, then how will we know that help is needed. I was told that parents can't volunteer in the classrooms. The teacher as sent home a paper for parent to be room Mom and has not happened. I get the feeling like they want to keep the parents in the dark. The problem with that is my son tells me everything. I think I will watch and see for now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

A brand-new school, they accepted students regardless of prior learning or other problems, and yet they do not have any special programs or classes to handle children that need additional help. The problem kids continue to be in the regular classrooms, and the teaching goes according to the slowest students, with continuous disturbance from kids that cannot sit still for long periods of time. Renaissance inherited a student population from a D-rated public school in the area, and many teachers are clearly not experienced enough to work with the problem kids while challenging the good kids - the bad ones get the attention, and the grades of the better students go down. Most of my child's previous classmates have transferred to other schools. Parents are not invited to participate, other than buy supplies and volunteer when needed. No open house prior to school starting to give parents idea of what to expect or how to be involved. No "meet the teacher" day, either. We simply received a phone call saying what the teachers name is, and which classroom our child is to go to. Meeting teacher makes a difference in how young students feel about starting school. Renaissance did not bother.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

As stated by many other parents, this school opened in 2012. I have 3 children who attend school here. My 3rd grader had 3 teachers, her last teacher was wonderful. My child got a perfect score on her reading FCAT and a 4 on the math portion. I think the school has A LOT of potential and I am hopeful for the new principal and looking forward to the changes and new policies she plans to put in place this year. I agree there should be a zero tolerance for disruptive behavior, too many behavior issues and the lunches are bad. But again, lots of potential
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

My 2 children attend this school. My daughter had 4 different teachers in 5th grade. The teacher she ended up with seemed overwhelmed by the class. It seems that most of the children in that class had major behavioral issues. The school has potential, but it needs for administration and faculty to work together. The future of these children are in the hands of this school and this should not be taken lightly. CSUSA opened a school in Overtown (a very underdeveloped and low income area in Miami)and it is an "A" school. I feel that Renaissance @ West Palm Beach can do the same if they removed misbehaved students and terminated faculty that is abusive to student. Make it a zero tolerance school on all levels, from the students to the administration. I do have to say that my other child's teacher was wonderful! As I read in another parent's review, I too received complaints from my youngest child about having his food taken out of his hands and tossed in the garbage.
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Posted July 18, 2013

My child had 4 teachers in his 5th grade. They finally hired the 4th one who was horrible. My child went from principals honor roll since 1st grade to C's and D's. At his previous school He had high math honors and a score of a 5 on his mathematics FCAT to a D and a 2 on his FCAT. He is very smart and wasn't challenged or even taught properly. His teacher spoke very bad grammar and was very sloppy and unorganized. He also placed 3rd in the entire school on his science project the previous year. This school lost his project and he never got a grade. He was disappointed to say the least. According to both of my children the teachers and aids like to yell a lot. They've also had food taken right from their hands and thrown away by staff saying lunch was over. The hot lunches are horrible and apparently aren't any substitute meals when a child has an allergy. Free breakfast doesn't exist here either. I am extremely disappointed in this school and highly do NOT recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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77%

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96%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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34%

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35%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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35%

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Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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30%

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32%

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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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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46%

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33%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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52%

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51%

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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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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31%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

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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.

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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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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

This school did not receive a grade in 2011-2012.

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 59%
Hispanic 26%
White 7%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 49%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/AN/A
Female 51%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 100%73%61%
Master's degree 0%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School start time
  • 7:50
School end time
  • 3:00
School Leader's name
  • MS. DONNA PAOLINI
Fax number
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1889 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
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