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6565 Outer Drive
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August 20, 2014
My son is a senior at Renaissance High School and I am thankful that he is attending the school. The school has delivered and has improved yearly as evidenced by their data. It is so disappointing that the school and district has decided to increase their class size and cut teacher pay. I have never entertained the thought of leaving the district but today the thoughts have become a reality. The thought of 40+ students per class is ridiculous. I thank all of the teachers at Renaissance that have been so diligent and focused. Thank you for your service and your dedication. Our choice to leave the district is not a reflection of your teaching or leadership, but enough is enough.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2014
My son is a senior this year at Renaissance high school and he's doing great. We had nothing but a good experience throughout this four year journey.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2014
security guards need to do a little more walking to combat the theft at physical education classes, that isn't reported, when kids go on the track to run,someone or a couple going thru their backpacks and taking their personal belonging.The principal said they would send t a memo months ago to parents but somehow it got lost. I guess.the young thieves are still doing they things stealing from others.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2013
I am a freshman and I'm very impressed so far. For me that's saying a lot because I attended Grosse Pointe Public Schools and Detroit charter schools all my life so I have high expectations. As I expected, the books are used and outdated but my teachers use the internet as a resource well enough too fill up the missing gaps. The sports programs are a little "iffy" but I guess academics are more important. Lastly, they need to severely improvement in all of the other subjects because of the difference in skill clearly shown in our MME test scores. Overall a good school, yet still lots needs to be done (especially motivation from the teachers to not dropout).

- submitted by a student
October 24, 2013
I graduated from Renaissance back in 2012 and believe my experience was average. The school, like any other school, had issue but one of the biggest benefits I got was from the writing curriculum. As a college student, I have ran into students who have honestly never had to write a paper in their life but being a Renaissance grad, this was one skill they made sure we excelled in. I do, however, believe the school needs more AP course in other areas and more advanced math classes (highest is currently Calculus) to make students more qualified in other areas. I do believe administration also needs to better its relations with students because there is a lot of tension from both groups.

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2013
Renaissance is the best Public High School in Detroit. I would not have sent my son anywhere else. It prepares the kids for college. Many students go on to great colleges and do well! My son graduated June 2013. Some kids can't handle the work load and just can't excel there (my little brother couldn't) and its unfortunate. This school was a 10/10 when I enrolled him here in 2009. It needs to stay a 10/10. No other public school in Detroit is better.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2013
I was told the Renaissance was the best high school in Detroit, MI. As a kid that started high school strong, with a 3.7 grade point average on average for all four report-cards, I recieved im looking to joining a better high school than I previously went too. I hope this school is like what it was told to me !

- submitted by a community member
July 02, 2013
In response to the parent's post in May, there was no air conditioning at all when I attended Renaissance (I graduated in 1985) and I am no worse for the wear. You do not have to be in an air conditioned room to receive an education.

- submitted by a community member
May 24, 2013
Renaissance is a great school. But, it still has it's problems like most schools do. I don't like when the air is not working, they keep the children in school when it's hot. Of course the office has air. Also when the power goes out, the students are still in school when they should be let out and sent home. I also don't like the fact that some teachers round up and others don' when it comes to grading system. To me that shows favoritism. This school is already a high magnitude school when it comes to the curriculum, so if a student has a 89.7%, give me a break and round it up. Renaissance can become the school it once was if everyone (faculty, parents and students) work together. Stop letting anybody in the school when appeal time comes. If the student couldn't pass a test to get in, well maybe they need npt be there. I'm not saying all of them, but the majority.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2013
Wow I have been watching Renaissance score for the pass 10 plus years and Renaissance have always been rated 10 out of 10... Students and parents please help keep this school rating high. Please don't make excuses for your students base on what is going on in some DPS schools. Make sure your child respect the teachers and challenge your child do their best. Life is hard and your children should understand that now...

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2012
I am currently a freshmen at renaissance and its not as good as i thought iit would be. They expect so much only to threaten to kick you if your grades slip a little. Security rambles through our bag if it goes of in the metal detector. They force you to buy lunch from the school by offering gross lunch. I have been at Renni for a few months and haven't learned anything i dont already know.

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2012
This school is alright, but not like I intended. I'm currently a sophomore there and every thing has changed. Starting with the teachers, half of the ones I have now do not teach! They expect for us to use the books as the teacher instead. I wish it was something that could happen to change up the school a little bit to make it more interesting. I don't mind going to school, it's just that it gets boring and very irritating. As of right now, out of all of my seven classes I only have four good teachers. Something needs to happen.

- submitted by a student
August 14, 2012
When I attended the school (only a year from the date this was posted), it was an exquisite school. The expectations of the students' grades were kept high. Some classes were overcrowded, but not all. Extracurricular activites were very important to the students. The students performed greatly academically, musically, and athletically, winning championships on state levels.

- submitted by a community member
May 30, 2012
Renaissance is a very good school. I graduated from the old building. The new building was supposed to open my senior year but did not because of a student's suggestion about the plan. There were never enough books, especially in 9th and 10th grades, but in 11th and 12th there were enough for students to have duplicates. Most of these books had other schools names in them. After a few minutes of critical thinking, one should realize that the high drop-out rate across the district is the only reason renaissance had books at all. This is a money problem not a school problem and shouldn't be addressed here. Renaissance was featured in U.S. News and World report because of its high achieving students in spite of a lack of resources. Every educational experience is what you make of it. I feel like I got the best education possible at Renaissance. I learned the content as well as some practical things because we didn't have much. At the end of the day, it is still a part pf DPS and functions within those confines. A school is only as esteemed as its students and alumni. If the quality of the educational experience is declining, it's up to students and parents to help the faculty fix it.

- submitted by a student
January 11, 2012
As a parent of a Renaissance High School student, my overall impression of this school is based off of my direct exposure to the faculty, staff, and other students. The faculty are highly credentialed and capable of providing premier instruction for the students. However, the combination of unmotivated students and disinterested faculty have created an environment of mediocrity. The curriculum that is offered is comparable to other college preparatory institutions (both private and public), yet it is solely the student's desires and efforts that will determine their success and knowledge acquired. Although high school begins that transition for students from having their hand held to becoming more responsible for themselves, they still need to be motivated and encouraged to excel and unfortunately the faculty at this school just does not offer that. Over the years, the GPA requirement to retain matriculation at Renaissance has been relaxed and is now as low as 2.50. The standards have fallen and so has the desire to be elite. Our children will not succeed in a competitive environment if the standard is BELOW average.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2012
As a student who attends Renaissance I will tell you that everything is not what it seems. We're pressured more than you can imagine. All they care about right now is beating Cass Tech in scores and making sure we keep our rank as number one instead of actually teaching us. Some teachers play favoritism with grades so you could have an A paper but since they don't like you they'll give you an F. We're taught things that will be on the SAT and ACT we skip most of the chapters in our books so when we get to college we have to take repetitive classes because we skipped most of things which causes more stress on students. Even though all DPS schools are struggling with books we have Netbooks in our school and we don't use them. Our desks were specifically made for laptops and Netbooks but we don't use them. Since most classes ran short of books we just sit in class and do nothing. The teachers don't realize the stress they put on us I've had 6 panic attacks in school because I haven't had enough sleep and I forgot to do a project or paper and our library is rarely open. I chose this school because I heard it was one of the best schools out there...WRONG!!!!!

- submitted by a student
May 23, 2011
I am a parent of a Renaissance student and I must say since their freshman year to their current junior year, Renaissance High school has changed tremendously. The classrooms are overcrowded, there are not enough books, nor counselors. This is suppose to be a college prep school, yet there are only two counselors for the entire school. Next year will be even worse. The principal is leaving, the entire staff has received layoff notices and no one is prepping the kids for college, they are on their own. We have been told that there could be as many as 48 to 55 students in each classroom and they may become an open school, meaning you will not have to test to get in. I have not decided if my child will finish their senior year here or not, but I must say I am very disappointed in Renaissance high school it's not all that and the teachers truly act like they don't care. Parent teacher conferences are a joke, the sign clearly says five minutes per parent or make a meeting but the staff allows parents to hold up lines for forty-five minutes with no regards to the others parents that are waiting to see them. I do not recommend this school for future students.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2011
As a former graduate (1998), I cannot really speak to the state of the school now. I can only say that I definitely do feel that the school prepared me quite well for college. When I went there, there were accelerated academic tracks within the college prep curriculum for students who were especially gifted in one or more areas. The teachers were inspiring (for the most part). They encouraged and prepared us to take Advance Placement courses and, if no class was available, some teachers stayed after hours to tutor us for the AP test. I took AP English and AP European History (with a teacher who was amazing!!), and studied afterhours for AP Macroeconomics, and got sufficient scores on all three tests, so that I had 9 college credit hours before I even applied to the university I ended up graduating from. I highly endorse Renaissance as a truly excellent DPS school (at least, the 1994--1998 version of the school).

- submitted by a community member
April 07, 2011
I am wondering about weither I should go to Cass Technical High School or Renaissance .If anyone could be so helpful and reply and tell me about your expeirence with Renaissance.Thank You

- submitted by a community member
April 01, 2011
My daughter graduate from Renaissance in 2010. She came from a scholar middle school but once she started Renaissance her gpa went from a 4.00 to well below 2.5 her 1st year. My daughter clean up her act the following year with the threat of getting kick out of this school. Once she made it to her senior year she look at her transcript and was embrass. Luckily she she did very well after her freshman year and was able to get into a excellent college with a scholarship. As a parent that attended every parent conference spoke with the counslor and prinicpal a lot over the years they are all excellent including the teache's. This is a College prep school and just have to work on being prepared,

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2011
honestly, Renaissance has become more of a regular DPS high school. we don't have books. the teachers dont teach as much. they expect too much of us without actually caring. ever since i got into Renaissance, my grades have went from 3.6+ to 2.4 and why? because the teachers expect everyone to catch on as much as other students and don't push us to do our work. threating to kick us out is not good, is pressuring and stressful. we're kids, we don't need stress at this age. i won't be attending it next year hopefully and i don't advise anyone to go there.

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2011
It breaks my heart to see the low level that one of Detroit's "premier" high schools is coming to. Renaissance is known as being one of the best high schools in Detroit, but based on my experiences this year with the faculty and students at this school, I know first hand that is not true. The counselors and principals are extremely unhelpful and uncaring, and the students are just as bad. They've enrolled so many students that they don't even have adequate amounts of BASIC school supplies to provide to the students (e.i. textbook, ink for the teachers, ect.). I've encountered many staff member who themselves recognize the all-time low standards for Renaissance's students, and are concerned about the future of Renaissance and the reputation of the school. Renaissance has been able to distinguish itself from the other schools in the city and has broken the "DPS Norm" for its schools, but this school is RAPIDLY beginning to become just your other DPS school, and it doesn't seem as if anyone is concerned with changing that any time soon.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2010
Renaissance is not the friendliest school to attend. If your student cannot hold themselves than it would not be the best choice because help is not available.Safety was not the best. You always hear the good things never the realistic issues with the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2010
I am currently a sophmore at Renaissance High School. I won't say I love it, but it definitely prepares you for a higher level of education. I won't say I love it because at Renaissance you have a lot of hard work and sometimes the teachers can be less than helpful. But there are some great teachers here. The only problem I have is that they have lowered the acceptance rate at which they let students into the school. It has really started to shame our schools name. Renaissance is not for everyone, you have to work hard and be prepared for stress and many late nights. You schedule your freetime around homework. And you always have homework whether it be actual do-mow homework or studying(and lots of it). Overall, its a good school but you have to work hard if you want to stay.

- submitted by a student
May 26, 2010
I recommend and appreciate Renaissance High School. RHS is challenging and the teachers want the students to excel. There are many and varied extracurricular activities. RHS prepared my oldest son well. He graduated last year with a full scholarship to FSU and he is on the Dean's List. My youngest son is a sophomore at RHS and is also being well prepared. Of course there are no perfect schools, however, RHS is No. 1 in the DPS.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
Renaissance challenges you and students have to be willing to take the challenge! The teachers prepare the students for college. My daughter is at GVSU and did very well in her science classes. She believes it is becasue of the good foundation received at Renaissance.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2010
Renaissance is an OK school. I am currently a sophomore there and I can honestly say that I am getting the best education in DPS. However, the 'best in DPS' still isn't going to cut it for me, and for those students who really want to excel in academics and in life! There are some teachers that truly are good teachers. Then there are teachers who are there just to entertain the class. Before entering high school, I was ecstatic about going to Renaissance. I can honestly say that Renaissance High School has not lived up to my expectations. It's really sad that they got a 10 star rating! You just have to be a student at Renaissance to truly understand the falsity of 'the Renaissance image'.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 03, 2009
Peoduces great student scores, community minded students, with a great college future.

- submitted by a community member
July 21, 2009
Great school to push students that have the I.Q. to succeed. The programs and structure is superb and allows the students to fully grow, learn and stay focus for college goal. They (princ) are not intouch with the emotional end and must remember these children are humans.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2009
I would reccomend and promote this school as the best in DPS. It is strict, but everyone who graduates, goes to some type of college or university. By me entering into my sophmore year, I already know a list of collleges, and admission information that I'll check out be for my senior year. This school is very highly academically focus, but we still have fun.

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June 11, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
May 14, 2009
Excellent High School to send children; especially kids who want to achieve successfully. Our family strongly supports the school programs offered.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2009
Renaissance does a wonderful job with their students.!!! It promotes academics!! Second only to The University OF Detroit Jesuit High School, it is in a league of its own!!

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March 24, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 22, 2008
i currently attend this magnet highschool, and from experience i have to say it is truly an excelled, challenging skill that strives to be at least 2 steps above rest, above the average, and i highly recommend this school to only those who truly want to thrive in school, and attend great colleges.

- submitted by a student
November 13, 2008
My daughter currently attends Renaissance High School and I am pleased to say that she is challenged daily and is receiving a top notch education. I am confident that she will be well prepared for college her senior year. THANK YOU TO THE STAFF AT RENAISSANCE.

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August 23, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 16, 2008
Renaissance High School is an extremely excellent school. I had a son who graudated with honors from Renaissance last year - 2007 and I'm proud to say that my younger son has been expected to attend Renaissance this fall. The teachers/counselors help our students prepare for college and I appreciate that. The principal is a principla who cares for the students and the school as a whole and our school needs a principal and teachers who cares! Thank God for Renaissance High School. - Thank you and May God Bless You! - K. Moore

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May 06, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 09, 2008
Renaissance is a good school for those who want to take seven classes and for those who want to go to college. The teachers are drawn from the same pool of good teachers that we have in Detroit. Most schools would succeed if they are able to drop students below a 2.0 gpa the way Renaissance and Cass does. Work must be done at an earlier level; vote and revive Headstart Programs immediately!

- submitted by a community member
no rating January 01, 2008
My daughter attended Renaissance all four years of high school. She received an outstanding education. The curriculum is intense and very demanding, however the teachers do an excellent job of helping students when needed and the students help each other as well. My daughters education can be compared with some of the finest private school educations across this nation. This is why she has applied to some of the Ivy League schools, where she will be accepted and will continue to have success. Thank you Renaissance high school staff and administration. A Proud Parent, Mary E. Jenkins-Williams

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 28, 2007
Renaissance is an outstanding academic institution. Most of the teachers challenge studnets to achieve. As with any institution, you have to monitor what goes on.

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September 22, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 13, 2007
As a graduate who now attends one of the best Universities in the Country I can honestly say that this school prepared me very well for college competition. Also in a previous rating someone stated that the school does not have a great visual arts program nor does it cater to those who need special attention. However this is not the aims of the school the school is aimed at college preparation, As well as it is not meant for those who have special needs it is for those who are academically superior.

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June 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2007
I am currently a sophomore at Renaissance High and from experience, I know that Renaissance is a wonderful school to attend. I am happy to say, 'It's great to be a Phoenix'. The teachers, especially the older ones who are well known by Renaissance Alumni, prepare us for college tremendously. I have noticed that my friends that attend other high schools in the neighborhood have the same textbooks and receive the same work, but they are not necessarily receiving the same attention or lessons that we receive from Renaissance High. The school is very challenging, competitive and at the same time we have very good sports teams. I concur that it may appear that Renaissance students appear to act better than other students, but we don't think we're superior to anyone, we just have a certain demeanor that you develop when you know you're receiving a wonderful education.

- submitted by a student
November 07, 2006
I am the parent of an alumni. This school has prepared my daughter well for a very successful life. The quality of the programs, the Musical department is extraordinary. The Science Department,The Sports were all exceptional programs. The teachers ...very involved in helping the children achieve high goals. I as a parent loved my childs experience. Her self-esteem is very high. Thanks to the expectations of the teachers of Renaissance High School. Thank you again. A Proud Parent

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2006
Renaissance is one the best school you can attend for free. My child graduated from Renaissance and she is on her way to success. She says that Renaissance prepared her for college.

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October 28, 2006
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- submitted by a student
October 19, 2006
Students like to complain,and so naturally any student review will lament about all the negatives and ignore the positives that make Renaissance a great school. I am a junior ('08!') and, contrary to previous reviews, I find Renaissance very challenging. I have AP classes, honors classes, and between that and various after school activities I find myself very busy. School is what you make it. If you come in and skate through 4 years doing the minimum, not only will it not challenge you, but you won't enjoy it. If you, like many driven Renaissance students do, take AP and honors courses and get involved with other activities you will enjoy school much more. This is far and away the best DPS high school, and you are getting a private school education in a public school, for the public school price (0).

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August 23, 2006
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- submitted by a student
August 05, 2006
I'm a Junior, and for the record sure RHS is the best high school in Michigan. Yeah we have the highest meap scores in the city. And yeah we have a brand new building. However, that takes away from reality the most of the students (human acting students) are unhappy with the school. Our school has no real after school or even in school clubs, beside the foreign language clubs. Everything we do in school in some way is to when an award even our annual yearbook. Which is not really a bad thing but when does the focus shift back to the students? We make the school.

- submitted by a student
August 03, 2006
I attend RHS class of '09. I think that the school as a whole is a good academically. But when talking about school spirit or excitement in wanting to come to school everyday, it lacks that alot1 If you would come into my school everyone is so focused that no one knows how to enjoy high school.

- submitted by a student
May 13, 2006
Renaissance is a very average school. However, nobody or nothing is perfect and Renaissance coulde sure use some work. Yes, it has a leegacy of acheiving higher than most schools but I believe you actually must be there to comment or back that statement up. Renaissance also needs some help with the social content it has, there is too many studnets who believe since they attend the school there better than a student who may attend Redford, Cody , cooley etc. Overall in ten years, I kinda see Renaissance being

- submitted by a student
December 16, 2005
I'm a Renaissance graduate, c/o '98. Renaissance prepared me well for college (Michigan) and even law school (Howard). I received many scholarship offers upon graduating from Renaissance, and many of my former classmates seem to be doing well whenever I run into them. Of course, it is going to be what you and your child make it. I took AP courses while I attended and was involved in the instrumental music program. I recommend taking Ms. Tobin and Mr. Mac if they are still there. The school has gone down a bit since I attended, but it is still one of the best Detroit has to offer. And as I stated earlier, if you and your child are actively involved with the happenings at the school it should be a good experience for them. -A.M.M.

- submitted by a former student
December 09, 2005
I am currently a freshmen at Renaissance.So far I think that the vast amount of homework and classwork will prepare me for college. For the first and only report card so far I have been able to receive a grade point average of a 3.7. One thing that I think that this school needs to work on and add to the school is a study hall hour(not lunch time), and also I thnk that the school needs better math teachers. Overall this school is verygood. I would also like to give a compliment to the choral music department for how good the varsity choir is.

- submitted by a student
December 08, 2005
I am currently a sophmore at Reanissance with a 4.0 G.P.A. Renaissance is a great school considering all the challenges it faces in the DPS system. Teachers are dedicated and helpful, as much as we'd like to say they aren't. There are plenty of interesting and rigorous courses to choose from. The athletic and art departments are world class. There is a plethora of after-school activities to become engaged in. All this without mention of our new, $60 million dollar plus school campus. Everything is state of the art. The only disadvantage is the lack of diversity of the student body. Reanissance is like a private school in a public school's body.

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November 17, 2005
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- submitted by a student
September 04, 2005
I have a daughter at Renaissance,who is entering her sophomore year. I have only good things to say about the school despite the many challenges of providing a quality education in a school sytem undergoing the challenges of DPS. I love the school because my daughter is challenged, is demonstrating greater maturity, and feels cared for by the teachers and administrators. I think high school extra-curriculars are important for whole student development. While the administration takes great pride in its traditions of excellence in sports, arts, and other non-academic activities, Renaissance leads the world in the number of African American students passing the Language Arts AP exam and makes a strong showing in other AP classes. I am proud to say I am a Renaissance parent.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2005
Renaissance is THE best high school in Michigan for overall quality. But there are somethings that need to be worked on. There are some teachers at that school that look and act like they've never taught a day in their lives. The sports and music departments are phenomenal. The sports department has won many titles and championships and the choir which I am apart of has been honored at Princeton and Carnegie Hall and has traveled to Italy and Africa. And also goes on an annual college tour. The students at Renaissance make the school what it is.

- submitted by a student
June 21, 2005
Renaissance High School is getting worse every year. It's turning into a sports school. The English department, although many students somehow pass the AP test, lacks teachers. The math department is not much better. But i guess it's okay because the football, basketball, and track teams wins a lot right? The only reason i like renaissance is because of instrumental music. It allows students who are serious about music to really feel what it's like to be a musician. They travel around the world and plan to be in Europe next year. Go Phoenix!

- submitted by a student
June 16, 2005
I am a graduate of Renaissance currently holding a BS and Masters both in engineering. This high school definitely prepared me for college life and for the industry which I currently work. During my 4 years of high school, I was exposed to numerous advanced study and college-prep programs that gave me a strong foundation and put me steps ahead of many of my peers at the university level. My high school background allowed me to get my first summer internship in engineering as a college freshman setting the course for future work (and income)! The instructors, some of whom have become life long friends in my adult age, showed a genuine concern for the students well being and accepted nothing but the best from us. I currently reap the benefits of my social experiences and my well rounded education from Renaissance.

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May 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2005
Of course, every school has its ups and downs and while at Renn, I can honestly say I didn't appreciate the education I was getting. I recently graduated in 2004 and as freshman at Columbia University, one of the eight Ivy League schools, I can also honestly say that Renaissance prepared me in more ways than I can think of. I'm in college with a lot of filthy rich students who went to really expensive private schools and grew up in the suburbs and I don't see any difference between myself or other students despite the fact that I grew up in Detroit and went to a public school. If you want your child to get into a good college and be prepared, Renaissance High School is a good choice.

- submitted by a former student
April 20, 2005
I graduated from Renaissance and I must say that the quality education prepared me for the real world. Some of the work that was required from me in college, did not always surprass the level of difficulty of work that was given to me at this school. I truly value this school and the education that it has to offer young people as they are being shaped into law-abiding adults.

- submitted by a former student
April 15, 2005
I am a graduate of Renaissance High School's class of 1997. If your child has a problem with high standards, discipline or going to one of the nations top college's, then Renaissance is not the place for them. Before I graduated I had full scholarship offers from Stanford University, MSU, U of M, Xavier, Yale, UCLA and NYU to name a few. The teachers are superior in a way that exceeds verbal description. They are not only educators, but mentors. As a parent be prepared to participate in your child's education as well as a lot of homework. Renaissance is the best public school offered in the city as well as Michigan.

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April 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2005
Renaissance High School is a wonderful school. The administrative staff are doing there best. We all know that the world is in a state of chaos right now. The students are not what they use to be. However, the staff do their best to keep all students focused and on track. Renaissance teachers are the best, there are very few lacking teachers. For those of you out there with negative things to say about Renaissance, I am going to guess you didn't graduate with the grades you wish you would have. Some people just aren't cut out for the challenge. True enough in the past few years our sports teams have been grabbing alot of attention, GREAT! They are not the main focus though, if you feel that strongly about it, do the research, 92% of our athletes are college bound honor students. I would recommend Renaissance to any student accepted.

- submitted by a former student
February 11, 2005
I graduated from Renaissance High in 2002. I was well prepared for my college courses thanks to the deidcated and hard working teachers that I encountered at Renaissance. My colleges classes at Howard University were simply a breeze freshamn year, most of which I had already taken or experienced at Renaissance. I maintained a 3.6 gpa at Renaissance, and its needless to say its still the same here at Howard University. Among others, Mr. Watts, Ms. Akylah, Senora Hawthorne, Ms. Davis, Ms. Philpot, and Ms. Rowley were among my favorite tecahers. In each of their classes I was taught a great deal of information about the presiding subjects and always felt as if I truely understood the material. I enjoyed my years at Renaissance and suggest that any and every parent should allow their child to enjoy the same.

- submitted by a former student
January 07, 2005
Renaissance is a very good school for learning, but it is very boring also. If you would like your child to get a good education, and to succeed in college and beyond I would recommend you to send your child here. I represent c/0 '07'.

- submitted by a student
August 24, 2004
I have two children, one who attends Renaissance currently, and another one who is on their way. But, I don't know about sending my second child there, because the principal doesn't know what she's doing. The counselors are never there, the people never answer the phone, they lie to you about what your children do in the school, you never find anyone there! There are few teachers there, and one of my children who has been there for three years, hasn't had an english teacher for her sophomore year! As a parent, I don't recommend anyone to put their child into Renaissance. The teachers don't even dress properly to educate the students so they can be respected! Even Redford is better off than Renaissance right now! The school needs a new principal! Send your child somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2004
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- submitted by a student
June 23, 2004
Excellent School. Very caring and nurturing environment with a heavy emphasis on higher learning.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2004
My daughter just graduated June 04, and I am a former grad as well. With the help of her teachers, and hard work, my daughter received 4's and 5's on AP exams, and was accepted to two of the top schools in the country. As far as administration goes, MI has made it very difficult for all administrators to effectively deal with any school's unique issues. Excellence in academics has always been the main focus, and it's great that students have an opportunity to excel in sports, music, and dance as well. State champs in Basketball and Track. Highly recommended. My son will attend next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2004
Renaissance High School has it's ups and downs! I graduated 2003! Some teachers care about student growth however, the administrations care more about the reputation than education. Sports definately carry the school above academics and morals!

- submitted by a former student
May 31, 2004
I do not recommend Renaissance High School to anyone. The school is no longer what it used to be. The class of 2004 destroyed to school's standards and year by year the school becomes more like the average neighboorhood school. The administration is a travesty. The last great principal there was Dr. Hamilton. After she left the school fell apart. High academic standards are a big joke now. The focus is on the male sports teams, mainly basketball and the losing football team. The teachers are awful. In each department there may be two teachers that actually teach and put effort in helping the students achieve their potential. I went to this school because I had heard so many positive things about it but when I got there I was sadly disappointed. If you want the best for your child do not send them to Renaissance High School.

- submitted by a student
May 19, 2004
Hello, everyone out there. I am now currently attending Renaissance High School, in the Class of '07'. For all the bad reports people are giving, Renaissance is a wonderful high school, for those who need to know. I know so many of my classmates have wanted to attend Renaissance since Pre-school. It is a wonderful school, but mostly for those who work hard. Renaissance is pushing all of the students to do well in their studies. I believe that Renaissance is a wonderful school. A new school is being bulit now and will be ready in '2006'. I highly recommend that you send your high schooler to Renaissance High School, especially, if you want them to get into a great college.

- submitted by a student
April 02, 2004
I am a Renaissance graduate and has found the curriculum provided by the school excellent. Renaissance prepares you above and beyond for college. The teachers truly are there for you and one would find college to not be as challenging as the cirriculum at Renaissance. I would recommend that one would place their child in Renaissance if one is looking for a college prep school. Plus, for the last 6 years 100% of graduate have graduated and has been accepted into a college or university.

- submitted by a former student
February 23, 2004
Renaissance is not the mythical great urban school that it once was. My son is currently a tenth grade student who scored 900 on the SAT in the seventh grade. The teachers and administration is overwhelmingly non-supportive of students who have any problems. Your child can be very intelligent and have an issue and go lacking. If your child is w/o problems, maybe the school is sufficient.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2004
Renaissance is an image with no real truth behind it. The students there are intelligent but they don't work hard. There are of course exceptions to this but very few. With each passing year Renaissance is leaning more towards being the typical neighborhood school. The kids are treated as if they shouldn't have fun and so in return they retaliate against administration. I wouldn't send another child of mine.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
As an alumnus of Renaissance High- I would recommend this school to any parent who is looking for a challenging and fun environment for their child. Renaissance totally prepared me for college and eventually graduate school. To put it short- when students are surrounded by the brightest and best- they will strive to meet and exceed all expectations.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
Renaissance is not a great high scool anymore. I will not perpetuate the myth. If you have an opportunity to choose, choose Cass Tech or maybe even King. The curriculum Ren. adheres to is archaic and there exists great teacher turnover and apathy. Students are not being challenged commensurate with their abilities.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 22, 2003
Great school. Good students. Good teachers and a great principal. This is one of the good public schools in America. Last 100% of the students went on to college. That right there shows how excellent this school is.

- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2003
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Renaissance High School
6565 Outer Drive, Detroit, MI  48235
(313) 416-4600
Last modified Renaissance High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Renaissance High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 94 reviews. Top