Strange school. The campus is shared by 4 other schools and it is supposed to be the drama and leadership school. It is the only one who has kept its principal which seems to be a rare achievement. The scores are way up but parent participation is terrible and student discipline is weak. Its a trade off but better than most.
For a FOCUS school (mid level poverty) this school has made enormous gains. Led by a strong and compassionate principal (Ms. Melody Sears), the school has raised EOC scores in every subject and most recently posted 100% pass rates in Biology, US History and Civics/Economics in the fall of 2009. What I find more impressive is the amazing survey results by both students and teachers in the past CMS surveys. They posted the best school environmental results for any conventional high school in their school system. Clearly, this is a school on the upswing, with a friendly, accepting atmosphere.
My son attended OHS for 2 years before they split into 5 schools. It was a nightmare back then, but once they split into 5 schools and Ms. Sears became the principal of Renaissance, his motivation, morale, and grades improved tremendously. I've never known a principal who cared more about her students. My son said that there was 'positive' peer pressure among students (that acting out was frowned upon by both the majority of students as well as faculty), which made the environment pleasant for everyone. Now my daughter is a sophomore at Renaissance, and she speaks highly of many of her teachers. Her grades also reflect her enthusiasm. How many parents can say that both of their kids genuinely love their high school? Sadly, in CMS, not many.
This school has the most amazing and dedicated teachers. However, the student body in general is unambitious and uninterested in their education. Classes are consistently disrupted by bad behavior and the teachers hands are tied with the CMS slap on the wrist style disciplinary guidelines. Kids who want to learn will always be held back by losing valuable instructional time because of the bad behavior.
9, My daughter attended this school, this school has the best principal who gets involved not only with the students but also the parents, now my younger wants to attend this school next year instead of S Meck
The principal, Ms. Sears, as well as the staff of this school are great! They treat the students with respect and give them creative freedom while still maintaining a safe and ruly environment. The students seem to love the staff and in turn the staff seems to love them back!
I used to attend Cape Coral High School and then Waddell High School, i was the kind of student who just fell to the cracks. Bright, but unmotivated and tending to give up when faced with something i could not understand. However, in Renaissance my teachers have really helped me and given me the attention i need. For example, in waddell i was failing Algebra, here in Renaissance, Mr.Rubin has helped me raise my grade to a B and actually understand. I have As in all of my other classes as well. When i was at Waddell and Cape, I never spoke to the principal, now i talk to Mrs. sears all the time. Renaissance rocks!
Renaissance was AMAZING! I am soo glad that we split into 5 smaller schools because before I hardly ever saw the principal, let alone talked to her, but when I started attending Renaissance I grew very fond of my principal Mrs. Sears. She made my junior and senior year so wonderful and I wouldn't trade my experience for anything.
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