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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
I have two children attending here for several years. I have been really impressed with the teachers and their commitment to the kids.
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.
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.
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.
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
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