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Phoenixville, PA
Students enrolled: 939
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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40 Pine Crest St
Phoenixville, PA 19460

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December 18, 2014
I removed my child from this school over racial bullying. For two years I requested that the anti-bullying curriculum incorporate racial bullying as a subset, but my request fell on deaf ears. The school has a highly diverse student body (nearly 40% are students of color) but the opposite is true for the administration and faculty. It is essential for children to see and be taught by role models of diverse backgrounds. When faculty and administrators are not specifically taught to recognize and support the diversity in their classrooms, when the do not share the background and experience of the student body, they will be unprepared when incidents do occur. And, incidents will occur, it is the nature of our imperfect society. My child was told by the Dean of Students that what she experienced "did not constitute a racial incident." His lack of formal training and knowledge of the Asian American experience meant that he could not support a vulnerable child in her time of need. Fortunately for my child, we had a plethora of friends, among them civil rights leaders in the Asian American community who supported her. I strongly do not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2014
We entered my son into RA at the beginning of sixth grade as I was less than happy at how he was doing at our local school district. He has thrived there and gone on to produce some really fine work and great grades. He is very bright and was simply adrift at the local school where all the emphasis was on the kids who were struggling to perform. Here he is challenged in pretty much everything he does and he really has to try as vs. just coast. Is the school perfect? No, of course not, but even with the problems that they face they have certainly helped my son tremendously

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2014
This is my child's first year at Renaissance Academy Charter School... the school is great at keeping the parents informed. The students are given plenty of homework assignments, quizzes and exams. The school offers tons of extracurricular activities for the children and fun activities including the parents involvement. The teachers are very organized but can tend to focus more on the grading and percentages than on the individual student.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2014
Renaissance Academy Administration and School Board need to be reviewed by an independent company. They do not follow the rules that they have provided in faculty and or student handbooks. Teachers are not reviewed fairly and are constantly being asked to perform excessive paperwork and are not provided adequate space. The school board is totally unaware of what takes place during the school day and does not attend school functions on a regular basis. Administration plays favorites and are untrained on how to evaluate staff and the capabilities of the subject areas they teach. This was a great school at one point....However I have seen the light and it is headed in a very wrong direction. As for the new building. It is a joke! It is not a bigger space, just a new more expensive space. How about we work on getting computers with all of the keys on them or connect to the internet/program without taking 20+ minutes to logon. Just embarrassing.

- submitted by a community member
May 17, 2014
RA could be a great school and it probably is a great school for the numerous students who are children of staff members and board members. It seems they run the school for them. There is a great deal of favoritism towards these kids to the point that other kids give up trying. CEO doesn't see it but her kids are some of favored pet students. It must be nice to use public funds to have your children be pampered.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
I am a student at R.A. and the learning environment is great, but the pointless rules and control-freak staff ruin the school for everyone. It would be a great school overall but the staff is extremely strict to pointless means like chewing gum and showing affection towards other students. The school as of 2014 is going on a suspension spree, suspending kids and ruining their high school records over small things like showing affection and disrupting class, while many worse things are noticed but are let by due to unknown reasons. It is very unprofessional and lacks the right feel of a school. It is described by many as a 'jail like building' with many uncommon rules and unnecessary abusive rules. The school would be worth attending, but students spend more time complaining about the rules, rather than learning. It would be a great school? But sadly it's not.

- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2014
It's a wonderful, caring school. Every student is valued. Academics are important but also is the development of each child as a contributing member of society. And not only are the children valued but so are,the staff members which means it is a joy to attend each day.u

- submitted by a teacher
April 03, 2014
I am a proud Renaissance Academy Charter School parent of three lower school students. This school is amazing! RA has created a fantastic respectful learning environment where the teachers/staff are dedicated to the students and the students genuinely have a love of learning. Since it is a smaller school, individual education needs and goals are able to be met using a team approach. I am continuously impressed by the level of academic achievement the students are able to reach. I also love the commitment to a strong fine arts curriculum with excellent teachers. Parents/guardians are considered an integral part of the school and are always welcome in the classroom. RA frequently recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of student achievements in the school and in the community. In my experience, the students are happy to be at this school and the teachers/staff are supportive and caring. This is my seventh year at this fine school and I plan for my 3 children to graduate from Renaissance Academy.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
I am very fortunate to be apart of such an amazing community and group of teachers, parents, staff members, and most of all students! Renaissance is a family. We are able to give individualized attention to our students in a way that helps us connect on a personal level. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a teacher
April 02, 2014
I myself went to this school and now my brothers attend this school and just saying that I think says a lot about RA. It's a small school with a ton of potential. It's just a beautiful atmosphere and I wouldn't rate it anything less then 5 starts.

- submitted by a community member
February 05, 2014
I can not possibly express how much this school has given me. There are no words capable of expressing my gratitude. I highly reccomend this school to everybody.

- submitted by a community member
July 25, 2013
My school is benefiting my child who started with a good foundation and is continuing to maintain good work and study habits. This school works well with students who do well. Discipline seems to be administered in a questionable way, which can cause feelings of unfairness from students. As a parent, I appreciate guidance and limitations but I do hope that allegations of unfairness will be considered in the upcoming year.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2013
I have been going to this school since kindergarten and this school has not only given me the education I need, this is where all of my friends are and I absolutley love this school. Academic Standards are high for me and I am challenged each day I walk through the doors. The teachers are all so nice and respect the things you say. Since kindergarden I have learned so much and I am academically where I should be. Because this isnt a public school and it isnt a very large school the teachers can help you until they feel you have got the curriculum that you need. Behavior wise, the school is good about keeping kids out of trouble. At the school, mostly all students take learning very seriously. The core values are a big part of learning here and are taken very seriously by the teachers. Another part that kids love is that here at the end of each semester we get to go on end of quarter celebrations. This school has given me all the right materials and curriculum so I can acheive and academically and socially. I am so proud that I attended this school since kindergarden, without all the staff and faculty, I wouldn't be nearly the student I am today. This school is the best!

- submitted by a community member
February 10, 2013
My daughter attended Renaissance Academy from 2nd grade until graduation in 2011. The small, community-based environment took her from a quiet, introverted child to a confident, self-assured young woman. The skills she learned at this school, both academically and socially, have served her well in college and beyond. She gained the lifelong gift of knowing she is in control of her own destiny, as well as that she is a member of the world community; where she can make a difference. Thank you, Renaissance Academy, for helping my child grow to her potential.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2012
I cannot say enough GREAT things abut this school. They really DO get it. I have 2 children, racially "mixed" might I add. They are treated with respect and in turn, are respectful themselves. My kids do not need special learning, but I am wowed by the huge effort the school puts forth to include and educate those who do. The activities are outstanding. The kids get very excited about being able to participate in such a wide variety of extras. The school is also very big on recognizing student achievement, in school and outside. They meet once a week altogether to celebrate those achievements. I have noticed that most parent whom do not give a good review, or have bad things to say, typically have had a "bad behavior experience" with one of their children. I have also and felt the situation was handled fairly. If you are one of those parents who have the attitude that "my child does no wrong", certainly you will not be in favor of consequences that follow such behavior. If however, you are looking for a school with an advanced curriculum, teachers who care and prepare smart, responsible young people, and you have faced the reality that no child is perfect, this is your school!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2012
I have had both my children in the school since kindergarten. Academically the majority of the teachers really care. However administration is inconsistent when administering consequences. The school is not consistent in areas of gender nor race. Once a child is stereotyped in the school regardless of a New day fresh start which the school preaches beginning in kindergarten that does not take place. the high school Dean of Students is one that needs to be removed from his position immediately due to his inability to get all the facts in every situation and issue consequences based on facts and not other factors. I was a pleased parents till I had interactions with this administer and I would warn parents of high school students to listen to your child.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2012
This review may be subject to change but as a family first attempting to enroll a child into Renaissance, the school is becoming extremely frustrating. At the open house about 8 months ago we were verbally assured that our child would most likely be accepted. We submit our application fully and on time...and have now been waiting for six months for word. It's the end of the school year and as far as I can tell they've not even done their lottery yet! Our children currently attend a charter school so we've been through this process before, but with their current charter school, by the end of the school year I was called (my only information so far is what I've gained from calling Ren, they've never called me) and was told what position in line my kids were in. And then I received update phone calls if/when my children were moved forward in line. At this point, Ren's next school year is just over two months away and every time I call for a lottery result I'm told they're "extremely busy." Get your lottery done Ren, this is crazy.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
I am a former teacher at Renaissance Academy. Never in my life have I worked with a harder working faculty and staff. These teachers care and work harder than anyone I have ever worked with. And that is sort of the problem. My experience was in the Upper School, so my commentary will be based on that. There is a culture of student apathy that is directly related to the countless official "intervention" programs and teachers that care so much that they will unofficially sacrifice ANYTHING to move a student along in a course that they don't belong in in the first place or are too lazy to do it on their own, knowing FULL WELL that they will be 'saved' by the intervention systems. It's not "why is this student failing," it's "why are you a bad teacher?" and "why aren't you helping them enough?" At some point, high school students need to be responsible for their own actions. Renaissance Academy does a very poor job of treating teenagers like future adults, and instead coddles them like they are still in the 6th grade. Student achievement at the high school level would be so much better if the onus of the responsibility for learning fell on the students.

- submitted by a community member
February 29, 2012
As a parent I would like to say that this school has the potential to be great. The class sizes are great and the assignments given seem to be on target for the students age and ability. most teachers that I have come in contact with are very caring and will take the time to address all concerns. problems that I see: The admin. does not take complaints serious and bullying seems to be a huge problem. Admin also has favorites which are the students who really excel so if your child has an IEP and needs special help they will honor that however, you are not a preferred student.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2011
Parents with special needs children are welcome at RA. If children aren't being served appropriately, it is up to the parent to say something--just like any other school. Former Secretary of Education William Bennett once compared laissez-faire parenting to thinking they're sending their child through the educational equivalent of an automatic car wash--uneducated at one end, educated and ready to take on the world at the other--with no input or action on the parent's part. Well, guess what? It doesn't work that way. Yes, we had to push hard to get our child the services he needed. Yes, it was frustrating to do so. Yes, we waited too long. Yes, the results continue to be worth it. No school is a perfect fit for every child. My advice to you is to stop riding the system and do your part to make it better, or quit complaining when things don't go your way. I'm a parent of three Knights, a former public school educator, and I couldn't be happier with our current situation.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2011
To the Parent who typed that their daughter graduated in the first class. I find it really rude that you would point out a few typo's and it's your kind of prejudice that is the real issue with what is wrong in the world. Do you think your children benefit from it. I am a very highly educated parent and guess what? I always have typo's don't care either. If you are not intelligent enough to look past a word spelled wrong then thats on you. I also have a student who has a learning disability and I am very much involved in her school activities but if RA decides to take children with special need they need to step up and provide the services that the are required to provide. YES I am a Democrat, so what? That really has nothing to do with it. Whats your point? The discipline as far as bullying goes, flat out stinks

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2011
My daughter has been attending this school for her 4th year, and my son recently started Kindergarten. I can't tell you how much we love the school compared to the public school my daughter started in. They hold the children to high standards, and the kids step up to it. The Code of Conduct is great, reminding the kids each day what they are being held to. If they do not follow it, they know what they did wrong. I wish every school had a code of conduct in place! I also appreciate the broad, liberal arts program they have, helping our kids to become well-rounded and motivated learners.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2011
My children have attended RA for 10 years. My oldest graduated 2 years ago. RA was absolutely a perfect school for him, he had complaints about it while he was there, but had nothing but glowing compliments for the school when I overheard him talking to his cousins about how much better his relationship with his teachers was compared to how their teachers felt about them. My younger child is currently in High School and loving it. My major complaint about the high school is the focus that the (recently departed) upper school academy director and guidance counselor placed on having students take AP and on-line college courses. The pressure placed on my son to take an on-line course that he did not meet the pre-requisites for had the potential to negatively impact his college acceptances. On the other hand, the fine arts department is fantastic. I have most experience with the drama teacher - she is an amazing woman.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2011
I have been going this school a wile. I went to a failing public school and I had bad grades. When I came here I became advanced in all subjects. -Thank you Renaissance!

- submitted by a community member
June 20, 2011
Level of teacher involvement and working with each student at their own level are key components of making this school one of the best in the area.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2011
I agree with the spelling comment. It's not indicative of anything. Least restrictive environment does not mean all the kids need to be in 100% hetereogenous rooms. That is not the least restrictive for the special needs kids if there's no aid in the room to support them. What's better?Phoenixville has different pockets of subgroups in each hetereogenous room so the special needs teachers are in the room with them. This way it's still mixed, but concentrated so there's enough support. I don't know if they have enough aids. What do the aids do anyway? My son said she does bulletin boards. Really though?

- submitted by a community member
May 05, 2011
I have two children attending here for several years. I have been really impressed with the teachers and their commitment to the kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2011
To the parent who's oldest daughter graduated from Renn. congrats to you. I am happy for you that you do not have a child with a learning problem. My review was not to send your child there if they have special needs. You are right the government has taken away money from them and that is why they can not educate these types of students. I apologize for my two typos I was typing on my phone, no need to be rude. Im stating what i am allowed to state, my childs education was a 1-2 star.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2011
My oldest daughter graduated from Renaissance with the first class to do so and my two youngest presently attend. The review from the parent who could not spell the words you, self-esteem or accommodations should give you an idea of why their child obviously did not do well. Just like society today, the parents who take part in their child's educatin will do fine, those who do not, will reflect in their grades. They have the right idea with a discipline program that does not allow children to get away with what they do at home. And it is obvious that a lot of the negative comments you read are from Democrats that are encouraged by our representatives in Harrisburg. Education budgets for Public Schools should be cut as they are open for the sole purpose of passing kids through just to receive funding. And this is fact as a friend who works in the Public school system is told to teach the children how to take their PSSA tests to continue to receive funding. The problem is people having children for kicks and government benefits and nothing more. Sad state today.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2011
Both of my children graduated from RA and we had a wonderful experience with the school. They took college courses while going to RA and were able to enroll in college with some college credits prior to even attended their college of choice. I would recommend this school. For the discipline issues that some students had they already brought their issues coming into the school, therefore I do not believe that the school should be held accountable for this scenario. School is for academic achievement not for parenting.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2011
I am a graduating student of this school and i tell any one who plans on sending their children to this school not to, unless they want to make their kids hate them. The school did not prepare me for anything. I learned basic skills but learned how to survive in the real world on my own. The teachers are great if they like you if not then your in trouble. The vice principle only cares about u if ur a straight a student and if u are a trouble maker your done. The school building is boring everything looks the same and is freezing during the winter and students can not where their jackets because its against the dress code. The music program and art are underfunded. the teachers of this program are fabulous and try to make up for the lack of funds. The rules are rediculous and are inconsistent. If u send ur child here make sure u actually want a bad relationship with them because they will hate u for sending them there

- submitted by a community member
December 24, 2010
RA has recently distanced itself from EdisonLearning, and is now partnering with CfBT, a British education trust, that will help guide RA to greater plateaus in American education. As a teacher there, I can honestly attest to both areas of growth (student accountability and stricter disciplinary guidelines) and fertile areas of improvement (such as diversification of the high school's academic offerings). Speaking from a future standpoint, I am completely convinced that in the next few years, Renaissance Academy will be regarded as one of the finest institutions K-12 in the greater Philadelphia area. As Pennsylvania begins to shift its high school rigor downward to accommodate the new PA graduation requirements, Renaissance Academy will be pushing the bar of excellence higher for itself and for its students. It is why I have decided to continue to teach at RA instead of move to the public school districts. I and my fellow staff members are committed to demanding more from our students and creating a youth culture that is college-ready and committed to personal achievement.

- submitted by a teacher
September 30, 2010
According to the report Renaissance Acad. submitted to the Dept of Ed, nearly 1/3 of the entire student population (289) were suspended in 2008-09. No wonder they list as areas to improve: discipline, consistency, and "repeat offenders." (Did not know they regarded themselves as a jail.) Wow, this school is a mess.

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November 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
This school is awesome. Its a warm environment, the teachers are the most caring and compassionate people, always going the extra mile

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September 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2009
I debated on sending my daugher to another local Private school but this one is A+. This is my daughter's 3rd year (kinder, 1st, 2nd). She is motivated by the positive feedback and constant congrats for good behavior and hard work. Her reading is now at a 5th grade level and her other grades are excellent. I owe this to the awesome teachers at RA. Not all teachers need to be 'warm and fuzzy' to do a good job. I have to say, most parents I talk to who do not favor the school have a 'behaviorly challanged' child and want to point the finger at the teachers/school. I am not a parent who's child can do no wrong. I AM a parent who in confident that the school will handle the situation appropriately should she be out of line. Speaking for the lower grades, great school!

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2008
We have two children in RA, one in 5th and one in 9th. I attended a private school and find the education at RA to be very similar to what I received. My son entered in 4th grade and was reading at the lower end of that grade level. Now he is in 9th grade and on a college reading level. Our daughter is in 5th and reading on a 9th grade level. The only problem we have had has nothing to do with the teachers, but with the children who are behavior problems. Though these children are reprimanded, it is unfortunate that the punishments are not stronger. My son and daughter love the school, and I would not think of sending them anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2008
I graduated from RA in 2008, and I'm currently a freshman in college. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this school. I attended the school for all four years of high school, and knew that it was the place for me. Teachers and students had such close relationships. The course load was the perfect amount. Not too much, but not too little. I am so glad that I went to RA for high school as opposed to my district. It has definitely prepared me for college more than adequately.

- submitted by a student
October 02, 2008
Great Schools is a fabulous site and eagerly posts positive messages I hope they are just as eager to post this. In response to the post on 9-30. Yes, Rennaisance Academy is a great school and rewards good children. I have a child in the higher grades, her opinion may change as her child progresses. I have found that the administration rewards good behavior but instead of punishing the bad they tend to do a blanket response to ill behavior. Punishing everyone so the good as well as the bad suffer instead of singling out the problem. This is found in most schools, a parent should take what their child tells them and what the administration tells them, and try to make an informed decision. I hope I never end up like one of those parents who's school does no wrong : )

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
RA has lots to offer. They use the Everyday Math program many districts are using and the Success For All reading program. Both are awesome. Our child had a good experience at the school. Several teachers we met truly believed in the school and their enthusiasm was contagious. The small school environment is to be envied. But, the large class size could be improved upon. Because students come from numerous school districts, a bigger effort should be placed on the PTA and getting families connected. When families feel a connection to their school they show more pride and get involved more. The shorter school day is a huge plus this year. 8-4 was far too long. The fine arts curriculum is excellent. Looping for two years with the same teacher can be a positive, but what about the students who need a change (from the same students and the teacher)?

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
RA needs more teachers. My child is paying the price as well. Classes are not being opened up to help with this growing problem. I fear that this may just be the tip of the iceberg. Parents need to get involved more and show up at the Board meetings.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2008
Parents have been contacting me about this site and to comment on RA. Unfortunately I have to agree with the Sept. 14th post. The administration has poor communication skills with the parents and is quick to place your child in a class to fit their needs not the child''s. I am sorry RA is this way and hope they change, but until I find a better school this will do.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2008
I agree with the last post. There are not enough teachers to accommodate the number of gifted children. In talking with other parents this is a growing problem and instead of communicating with the parents the administration arbitrarily does what is convenient for them and not taking into consideration the child and family. I am really disapointed in this school and may deciden to pull my child out.

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September 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2008
School offers alot in education but lacks the staff to aid students who are in accelerated programs. Some children are left behind and are misplaced in lower programs due to lack of teachers. They need to open their programs to promote a variety of classes. this can only be done by hiring more teachers. As of the time the Administration will not address the issue and unfortunately many children are pay the price.

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September 14, 2008
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September 14, 2008
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September 05, 2008
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July 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2008
My children attended RA for 3 yrs. The curriculum is great. However we left due to behavior issues of the fellow students. It is extremely bad. The majority of the students lack respect of authority and fellow classmates. The teachers try to maintain control with the rules and procedures but do not always follow through and when they do follow through they lump the consequences as a whole on all the kids. The school states they don t tolerate bad behavior but it does not adhere to that. As for the teachers, we have come across both ones that desire to partner with parents and ones that don t.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
I am parent of student whom attended RA in 7th grade. I believe the education is great. Currently she is attending the local middle school in the area. During her 8th grade yr, she has complained about Phoenixville being behind the RA, which that is great. However, she loves the arts that RA offers at the school. I think the discipline is a joke and just out right ridiculous. Each child will have a different discipline plan. The teachers have no control over the class. Some of the ones I have met at the SLC s at totally frustrated. Some teacher failed to put homework and grades on line...

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2008
My daughter started at Renaissance Academy in the 3rd grade. She was in public school before and she had a hard time adjusting. Now she is in the 4th grade and is doing wonderfully! I am so proud of her I can't stop talking about how well she is doing. She is learning things here that other kids I know haven't learned yet and they are in the 6th grade! She likes going there and wants to continue going there. I don't have any issues at all and recommend everyone to send their child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2008
My son has attended RA since kindergarden, he is presently in 6th grade. I did not have any issues with the school until last school year. I feel the school has/had good intensions, but something went horribly wrong. The disiplinary code and the way it is handled is a complete joke. The school board members are highly inexperienced with how to handle their position in a proper and appropriate manner. I can go on and on of my personal experiences with RA, however the bottom line is my son will not be attending next school year there. I encourage parents not to fall for the imaginary 'vision' or 'new' way of teaching the school tries to preach.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2008
I am a parent of 2 students at Renaissance Academy. My oldest (now in 8th grade) started at Renaissance in first grade, after not learning how to read in Kindergarten at our local district. He is now an advanced reader & is participating in high school level classes. He is looking forward to attending High School at Renaissance and taking many of the offerred college / dual enrollemnt classes. My younger son, currently in 5th grade, is also thriving at Renaissance. It is a great small setting where staff, students, administration and families enjoy a unique experience.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
I had both of my children in the school; I now only have the one left there. My son attends the lower school, which I have nothing to say but good things. They pay close attention to your child, help is there when needed. I don't think I will keep him there pass 6th grade. Upper-school, did not challenge my other child enough, our local high school had more activities that she could gain from.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
I worked at Renaissance for several years and recently moved on. Though I had the pleasure of teaching some of the brightest kids of my career at this school, I have to honestly say that the teachers are extremely over-worked. The school day is entirely too long for both staff and students. That is why so many of the staff leave. Participating in after school activities makes you have little time for a life and a family outside of school. My classes were often very over-crowded. Adequate planning time is taken away from teachers and replaced with repetitive 'team meetings' every day. Grading expectations (SLCS) for teachers are stressful and overwhelming. Discipline and follow-through with behavior issues are a huge problem. While I do not regret teaching at Renaissance, I feel the need to warn prospective teachers of some of the truths that are often not made aware to them.

- submitted by a teacher
July 31, 2007
I have been a member of the RA faculty for 5 years and I can only say wow about this school. Teachers work harder here than any where else I have seen! The size of the classes are great and certainly not over crowded. As for extra tutoring there is plenty available throughout the school day for free! It it one on one tutoring for those in need. As for the Arts Program...It is far superior to anything else I have seen. Dance, Drama, Music, Choral, Art, PE, Spanish, Band. Guest Artist and Field Trips are forever taking place at RA. Trips to Broadway Musicals that are paid for by RA. Tons of outreach programs. I can not say enough about this school! It is amazing. Teachers are supportive. Admin is present and willing to go the extra mile. Amazing Schol!

- submitted by a teacher
June 08, 2007
I just recently visited this school to see if my children would like it there. I was impressed with every aspect. The children were respectful, kind and so were the teachers. Nothing was hidden from us. I can't wait for my kids to start there in September.

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June 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2007
I honestly think the class rooms are over loaded with kids. I think that my son has received a great educiation being at RA that no other school in Phoenxivlle can offer but I think some children need more one on one that the teachers can not offer with amount of children they have. As far as getting extra help that your child needs RA does not offer that. You need to pay for a tutor or find other resources for your child to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2006
As a former teacher at RA, I do agree that it is a unique school with teachers who truly care about the students. RA teachers work insanely long hours.

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November 07, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
October 18, 2006
The teachers at Renaissance Academy are incredibly supportive and reliable for the students. They can relate to issues of the students and are willing to sit down with them one on one. Our great teacher increases the eagerness to learn.

- submitted by a student
October 16, 2006
I am currently a senior at Renaissance Academy and believe that the education provided at this school has completely prepared me for college and life. Recently, I have just completed my senior project and applied to colleges. With the help from dedicated staff members and mentors the process was easier and less stressful! I simply could not have completed these major tasks without their help! Since Renaissance Academy is a small school, the staff works closely with the students to complete major high school projects like these. In a regular high school students have to complete tasks on their own. Therefore any confusion would go unnoticed and help would be limited. Renaissance Academy provides numerous opportunities for students to reach their goals and succeed!

- submitted by a student
October 03, 2006
I teach plenty of bright, motivated students who are happy with the education they are receiving. Those students are leaving high school with nearly a full semester of college credits! I also teach many students who struggle academically and our small environment helps hold them accountable so that they don t fall through the cracks, as they might in a very large district school. They are offered tutoring, taught strategies to be successful, and benefit from our expectation of parent/teacher communication. Teachers willingly give up their prep period, lunch, and time after school to work with students who need help. That doesn t happen often in a district if teacher s unions have a say!

- submitted by a teacher
October 03, 2006
Without generating a line by line harangue disputing some of the comments on this site, let me paint a picture of RA. As a teacher, I have never been denied a resource that I have requested to help my students achieve. I have had the privilege of being surrounded by energetic, knowledgeable, motivated teachers who give their students their all...and work long hours to do it. I have never worked in an environment where the adults do so much more than teach their subject area they truly know their students and are respectable resources. I have been encouraged and supported by our (current) administration to start programs such as our 11/12th grade trip to Costa Rica. I have also been supported in expecting that all of our seniors apply to college and have even received funding to take them all on a 2 day tour of 12 area colleges.

- submitted by a teacher
October 02, 2006
I think that I captured the beauty of Renaissance in my graduation speech last year, When you encounter a person who tells you your dream is too far-fetched, go seek someone else. It is imperative that you continue to surround yourself with people who will help you realize ANY dream, not shoot it down. Build up an army of people who WANT you to succeed and have the power and resources to assist you. Those who are less motivated, less hard-working, and shorter-sighted will try to stand in your way and it is your job to not let them. THAT is what Renaissance is all about. And, YES, I will proudly send my own children here.

- submitted by a teacher
September 15, 2006
Having taught in this school, I can say without a doubt that their high school program needs serious help. The young adults are treated like children and thus far, the administration has not been supportive in helping remediate these kids. I loved my students, but got extremely frustrated with the framework of the school. I believe the elementary school to be absolutely wonderful, the middle school is fairly good, but I would never personally send my children to high school here. Teachers are so busy with classroom discipline that there is little time left over for learning and engaging students. If you have a 'problem' child, I would send them here, the teachers are caring and supportive. If you have a bright or motivated student, send them somewhere that they are not surrounded by attitude problems.

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September 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2006
School focuses on excellence in language, mathematics, reading, writing, and science with particular attention paid to the standardized tests that play an important role in acquiring scholarships and admittance to undergraduate programs. There are growing music (vocal and instrumental), art, and sports programs. Parent involvement is required for all of the school's programs to be successful (parents are expected to play a reasonable role in their childrens' education).

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May 09, 2006
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April 27, 2006
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April 24, 2006
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February 26, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2006
I am a student at the Academy, a junior, actually- not a parent. I can tell you firsthand that the quality of our education is excellent, but anyone can say that. However, the funding given to all deparments- music, art and sports- are somewhat...lacking, shall we say? Also, I am disgusted with the administration running the school.

- submitted by a student
December 07, 2005
The availability and quality of the music, art, spanish, and phys. ed. are outstanding. The personality of some of the staff and teachers leaves much to be desired. Some of the staff act like they don't even like kids.

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November 28, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
October 30, 2005
I am from the Norristown school district and consider my family fortunate to have heard about Renaissance. My 3 children attend there and have just blossomed. Extracurricular activities are abundant, however difficult for me to allow since the school is such a distance from the house. My only complaint about the school is the bus service that runs from Norristown.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2005
I love this school. My children are happy, there are many great teachers. The music program isn't the greatest but academically am very happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2005
this school has been alright, no real difference from public school. it has been a disapointment in the aspect of great leadership. all the teachers and staff are too young for real knowledge. the art and music department had a negative impact on my children. very boring. not enough self exploration, idealization. very cookie cutter work. they do not regulate the same rules for every student, one student could get by with breaking rules while another one gets suspended. definitly not enough parental involvement. not enough funds for supplies or field trips.

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June 17, 2005
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June 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2005
I have 3 children attending this school. Some of the teachers are the best I've ever encountered. The new principal (she's only been in that position this year) has an authoritarian, inappropriately negative attitude. I don't know if I'll be able to send my children there next year because of her incredibly poor judgment.

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May 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2005
This is a truly unique school. The elementary (K-5) program is really outstanding. Parents are very involved, and the extra long day and year provide the kids with a higher level of academic success. They have wonderful fine arts. Unlike most public schools, the kids get to take dance and drama regularly with teachers highly experienced in their field. The music program is also exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2005
The academic programs are average to above. Music, art, sprot are all avaiable but on a much smaller scale. The school encourgages greatly parent involvement.

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April 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
This school is known as the 'savior' school. Stay away, too many behavior problems. The school teaches to the test--it is all they care about!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
I think that Renaissance Academy has done really well for my two children. The teachers are very caring and communication is wonderful. I cant say that I ever dont know what is going on at school. Edison's educational theories are top notch and just by looking at the standardized test scores, you can see that these theories are working.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2005
Renaissance Academy opened with great intentions, however, the 'vision' did not happen. The school cares nothing about the students and staff, ONLY test scores. Teachers and students leave the school because of the inconsistencies and CONSTANT testing. I worked there for three years and experienced the HIGH turnover rate firsthand. The teachers are forced to teach to the tests and the students are burned out from the rigorous testing. I believe the parents are brainwashed to think that their children are doing well because of tests scores. When I worked there, I too was brainwashed to believe in the test scores. There is more to learning than TESTS!! Truthfully, I would never send my own children to Renaissance Academy.

- submitted by a teacher
January 11, 2005
I have 4 children in the school for the last 4 years and a 5th to start in September. My experience has been 90% positive and I challenge any school to give that! There will always be bumps in the road. The school has a fine arts program second to none and focuses on 8 core values and they practice what they preach. Each child has the right to participate in sports programs in their own district and as difficult as that may sound--the option is there! The teachers and staff seem to enjoy what they do and do a great job. The teachers are the hardest working group and our kids get to benefit. For the middle and high school students--the word that comes to mind is responsibilty. So many schools fall short of that--this one certainly doesn't and that is a lesson that carries on through life!

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2004
This is my son's second year at Renaissance Academy. The academic programs are excellent and with volenteering I get to see how everything is taught to my son. The teachers are so awesome and the kids love them! The communication between the parents and teachers are great. The programs they have available to the students I believe are good. Would like to see some other sports but everything is a work in progress. I love the spanish program that they have. My son speaks spanish pretty well and I don't know what he is saying...LOL! I would highly recommend this school for your child. And the class sizes are nice and small so they can have more one on one with your child!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2004
My child compeleted her first year in the 6th grade at Renaissance and my overall opinion was great. I do agree that there are a few things that do need improvement but also feel this may come in time. I really like the size of the school, the smaller school I feel has less distrations. The teachers are all young and in tune to the kids and seem to make learning fun. I also like the different electives available to the kids. The biggest downfall is the after school sports programs,which are very limited to children who want to participate, and the fact that there is a strain on parents due to the lack of late buses when kids do participate in some of the programs currently available.

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July 17, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2004
The other comments are correct about the primary grades, but the high school grades have much to improve on. I took my child out of the school when he reached 6th grade. Hopefully it will get better with age.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2004
Love this school! My son is now in 1st grade and if you are lucky enough to get your child in...then congrats! Everyone there is terrific! I feel blessed that my son attends!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2004
We're very happy with Renaissance, although we have experienced many growing pains in it's 4 years since inception. Had to laugh at the comment about the K student coming out reading at 4th Grade level; he probably went in able to read or is gifted. This is not typical results; however, the reading program is excellent and children are blossoming. The credo is to not let children fail and I can see it is working. Teachers are wonderful and very hard working. Hours are long for all, but the results are already showing. On the downside, there's little sense of community, likely due to the school drawing from 18 districts, which does not foster easy transportation for parents at school and after-school activities. Still, Renaissance is only 4 years old and great things may well be on the horizon.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2003
Excellent academics. My son came out of Kindergarten reading at a 4th grade level. School now goes up to 12th grade now. AP courses in the upper grades. Great emphasis on the arts: Art, Music, Drama, Dance, etc.

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The Renaissance Academy is a tuition-free public Charter School in Phoenixville, PA for grades K-12. Our mission is to prepare a diverse cross-section of children for success as students, workers, and citizens by providing them with a high-quality liberal arts, college preparatory education. Parents, students, and teachers sign quarterly learning contracts in which they promise to work together for student success. Mission Statement: The mission of the Renaissance Academy is to prepare a diverse cross-section of children for success as students, workers, and citizens by providing them with a high-quality liberal arts, college preparatory education through creation of a school in which high standards, creativity, technological sophistication, high motivation, and accountability are the norm. The school aims to achieve lasting gains in students' academic performance while serving the diverse needs of all students. Core Values: The core values embraced by Renaissance Academy are Hope, Respect, Responsibility, Courage, Justice, Compassion, Integrity, and Wisdom. The Code of Conduct: I am here to learn. Therefore I will: •Respect others, the environment, and myself. •Cooperate with all school personnel. •Do nothing to keep the teacher from teaching nor will I keep anyone, including myself, from learning. Vision Statement of the Renaissance Academy Charter School: The Renaissance Academy Charter School student makes an active decision to be educated at our school because the student and his or her family desire a world-class liberal arts education in a safe, respectful, rigorous and goal-oriented environment that is driven by the expectation that all students are college-bound.

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Renaissance Academy Charter School
40 Pine Crest St, Phoenixville, PA  19460
(610) 983-4080
Last modified Renaissance Academy Charter School is a Charter school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Renaissance Academy Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 102 reviews. Top