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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!
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.
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).
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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