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Renaissance Academy Charter School

Charter | K-8 | 205 students

 

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Situated in a small town neighborhood. The median home value is $101,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $680.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted July 1, 2013

Excellent school. Great leadership, strong philosophy, high expectations of students. Most amazing - the kids are all telling me about how nuch they are missing school during summer vacation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2013

I go to Renaissance Academy and find it one of the best schools in the area, and in the state! At the moment, we are on Summer Vacation, but I will always remember the awesome trip we took (I am a seventh grader, going into 8th) to Wisconsin to end the year. My teachers are cool and help us when we need it, and I really feel that I am getting the best possible education that I can. Unlike some schools where you don't even totally know the teachers, mine feel like friends, as well as educators, and always help me get to my goal. Yes, we do a lot of reading, a lot of math, and a lot of writing, but I feel like I wouldn't be at the place I am if it weren't for this. Montessori is most certainly the best way to learn, as I know that I am reaching my highest potential. I also am able to be with my friends, while learning, and thriving at this school. I am at the moment in High Level math, High Level Reading, and High Level Writing, but I know that if some of my friends are at different levels they can be okay in their own groups of learning. Renaissance Academy is a really great school, and has brought me to the place I am. Thank you to all the Staff at Renaissance! -8th Grade Student


Posted June 21, 2011

Second year of school down and my kids are still doing great. Just a few issues with the administration. Turn over with teacher staffing is a concern as well. Lots of strong personalities at play...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2009

This school is good, only if your child is a good fit. The children our expected to excel by themsleves with no help! Your child is expected to be an independent learner! If you think your child may need a little help then I would not suggest this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2008

this school is pretty good. Its cool our teacher is great. although sometimes we get behind we can get after school study halls to help us catch up.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 23, 2008

We love this school! It is such a good fit for our second grader. She is happy at school and loves her teacher. She gets the extra help she needs with reading while she zooms along in the other subjects. Values that are important to our family, in addition to an excellent education, like kindness, respect, responsibility, joy in learning, community, and excellence, and a well-rounded experience are also important at Renaissance. We feel so fortunate that such a top quality school is here in LaPorte!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2008

This is the worst possible school you can go to! I just started im in 8th grade. It is not a good school at all. Everyone was saying its just simple and a brezee. I am so overwhelmed with work. Our teacher makes us write an essay a week! or more. We've written 3 essays in 2 weeks and my teacher wonders why im behind. It doesn't take a scientist to fiqure out tht that subject alone is way to much. So don't come here
—Submitted by a student


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.

About these ratings

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.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 85% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

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82%

2011

 
 
71%

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Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 84% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
64%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 74% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 76% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

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Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

20%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
25%
of schools in the state are Above average

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 72%
Black 15% 12%
Multiracial 6% 4%
Hispanic 4% 10%
American Indian 1% 0%
Asian 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/A46%
Special education 12%N/A14%
English learners 0%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Kitchen
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ms Kieran Mchugh
Fax number
  • (800) 311-6038

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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La Porte, IN 46350
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