"Renaissance Academy is the leader in K-9 world language instruction."
Students enrolled 714
Hours 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Mark Ursic
Transportation options None
District Renaissance Academy

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3435 North 1120 East
Lehi, UT 84043

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(801) 768-4202
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4 stars
Based on 20 ratings

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November 17, 2014
After spending time in several schools, we found that Renaissance is the most creative and fun. My kids wake up each day excited to go to school. They enjoy a hands on approach to learning that keeps them engaged and Interested. They are also well prepared to take placement and end of year tests. We love our school!

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2014
This used to be a great school. With constant staff turn over and no principal for the past 2 1/2 years, things have steadily declined. My kids will not be returning next year.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2014
I currently have 4 children attending Renaissance Academy in Lehi. We have been there for 5 years. I love that the kids have early out on Friday. They are home in time to eat lunch with me, we love this time together. Each of my children have chosen to specialize in a different language at R.A. I have kids in Chinese, Spanish and Arabic. They each picked the perfect language for them and I have loved and appreciated the vast knowledge of our world that they have been able to explore. They chit chat in their languages with each other and they have really learned to love other cultures. I already know I will always be grateful for the influence of the foreign language department who have demonstrated to my kids that we do live in a small world and there is much to be appreciated. There have been 2 times during my early years at the school where I had serious concerns. Both times I sat down with the administration and explained what I saw happening. Both times they let me know I was being heard. They let me know I wasn't the only one feeling this way and both times the situation was 100% remedied. I know that they are always looking out for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2014
This school has hit its stride! Change is painful but in this case it is the result of positive growth. The school staff this year is absolutely phenomenal! Parents don't know what goes on in classrooms everyday or how well a teacher is serving their students. I trust that school administration has the best interests of students at heart when they make HR decisions. Every time I see a teacher go they have been replaced with someone better and my kids are better off for it.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2014
Five stars would be a school that is rare, above average test scores and also great citizenship in their students, amazing teachers, meets individual needs. Three stars would be a school that is just your average school, can't say anything too bad about it, can't say much good about it. Four stars is a school that gets average test scores, but goes above and beyond average to meet the needs of the students, and a school environment that puts students first as far as the curriculum, extra activities, creativity, etc. This is school that does just that. It has more of a university feel to it than just your regular district elementary school. It stresses using your strengths, and building your skills from there, whether you are a student, teacher, volunteer or parent. Also using those strengths to build the school community. It stresses self improvement and accountability from the teachers. It nurtures students from K-9th grade, watching them grow and learn. It teaches world languages! I would recommend this school to the parent who is looking to broaden their students horizons, and is looking to help build a school community.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2014
I really like my school. I have gone to Renaissance for 4 years. I feel very safe there and like all my teachers. The teachers really care about their students. I love learning Chinese everyday! I plan on staying at Renaissance until 9th grade. I tell all my friends to come here so they can be happy too. The kids are all nicer here than at my old school. I also like being in the school plays and playing basketball.

- submitted by a community member
November 06, 2014
We started attending Renaissance for the world languages and specialty elective programs. We have stayed at Renaissance because of the way teachers and administration care about our opinions. I feel that my voice is heard and my opinions matter and make a different. I am committed to the school, I hope to see my children stay in this wonderful school all the way through until 9th grade. I love the smaller class sizes, the teacher autonomy, and innovative learning methods. I love being valued and involved as a volunteer in the classroom. I ESPECIALLY love the Chinese immersion program. My oldest has been in it from the beginning and has been making huge progress in the reading, speaking and listening Chinese skills. Her Chinese teachers have all been so helpful and fabulous, friendly and understanding.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2014
I have worked at Renaissance Academy for many years and I love coming to work everyday. How could you not when you have great families, and students, stellar curriculum, supportive administration, wonderful after school programs, exciting languages to learn, and you're surrounded by other dedicated educators? I have appreciated and valued the opportunities we have been given to professionally develop. We are constantly encouraged and given the support to challenge our students, engage them, and the freedom to think outside of the box to provide our students with hands-on experiential learning activities. Renaissance faculty and staff work hard to create a whole person learning experience. We know that the core subjects are important to master but we also support students into becoming functioning members of our society, prepared to contribute in today's world. Wonderful things are happening at Renaissance Academy. It's an amazing adventure to be a part of! Sure, we have had issues like any workplace but we're all doing our best. People will always find what they're looking whether it's positive or negative. Come, check us out and see for yourself what we're all about!

- submitted by a teacher
October 26, 2014
If only there was a rating for negative stars. If you want to know how bad this school really is just take a look these thing right here: 1. Declining enrollment big time 2. Inability to keep any kind of staff member long term unless they are in a position of power that will give them more money 3. Promises made by a very ineffective, unqualified CEO, except when brown nosing the board, to create a second campus along with a Space Center 4. October board meeting minutes, if they even post them, showing how dissatisfactory the board and CEO run the school. These are just a couple of things you will find wrong with this school. You may not meet a more deceitful person than the CEO. He has built the school such that it safe guards his power and lies. The board only enables him by not checking his power plays and ability to cover up his lies. This school used to be great but now is worse than the general school system the school was founded to do better than. My recommendation would be to take your kids out if they are there. If you are looking for a charter school, I would definitely pass by this one. It is unfortunate that a select few have completely ruined this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2014
I am very happy with this school. The teachers and curriculum are excellent. Not sure what the negative review is talking about, the new CEO is the best thing to ever happen to renaissance. I'm glad there is the ability to fire someone as obviously negative as that teacher must have been! We have had nothing but good experiences!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2013
I love this school! I have had all 5 of my kids go to this school. The World Language program is top notch. I love the innovative approach to education and that they use hands on learning to reinforce what is taught. They have not forgotten that the fine arts are part of a balanced education. My kids get PE, art, music, technology education, field trips AND a top notch academic education too! Daily world language study is offered from K-9th grade. My 2 kids that have graduated are fluent in their 2nd language. My youngest child takes Arabic. How cool is that! I would recommend this school (and have) to anyone who is interested in the best education option for your kids without spending a fortune.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
We have three children at Renaissance Academy and we have been extremely happy with the quality of this school. The parent engagement has been strong, the teachers have challenged our children and the school leadership is open to parent feedback. The school provides a great environment for our children to explore their creativity and offers a solid academic program. We have been impressed at how much the teachers care about our children's progress and how available they are to discuss any issues they may be having. As with any school they have their share of issues, some teachers are better than others, some parents are more opinionated and vocal than others but our children have enjoyed their years here and we would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2013
My children have been attending Renaissance Academy for the past 7 years. The school has many strengths including, foreign languages (Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic), music program, ballroom for elementary students, all day kindergarten program and many more. The students are pushed and achieve academic rigor because of the high standards of both the teachers and the school. The teachers are amazing and do creative and engaging activities which cause students to look beyond the basic and make new connections of growth. My children have really enjoyed the "wonder days" where they apply the lessons learned from the week with hands on activities. Some of the negatives would be teacher retention, drama within the school as far as employees and board members are concerned, lack of a developed middle school program, school website, and transparency. After teaching in other schools in the area and visiting with other parents from other schools, I know Renaissance Academy shines far above the other schools in the area and cannot compare with its high level of learning and understanding. I fully support Renaissance Academy and hope you look into the possibilities for your family.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
I have been going to Renaissance since first grade. I'll be going into eighth grade this next year. It has been great for me every year. The classes are small which makes learning much easier. (There were 13 students in my Spanish class this last year.) The teachers know the students. After a week or two in the school year, you don't have to worry about a teacher forgetting your name because there aren't very many names for the teachers to learn. I have never encountered any bullying. Every student is required to learn a foreign language (Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic). I feel like a learn a lot every year. Most, if not all, of the teachers are great.

- submitted by a community member
March 07, 2013
My son is in Kindergarten. His teacher is great and she is very involved with kids. I am very pleased what we saw as far as inside of a classroom; however, one draw back is communication. They are not very organized and all of the communication were through internet with assumption of parents check email and Facebook 24/7. They did not call even when they decided to get school out earlier when the snow was bad... Or when they found out that there was a child diagnosed with weeping cough. They did not send a letter or did not make phone call. They just assumed all parents check email every minutes and/or Facebook. The communication style was the only thing that I found that needs to be improve... I hope they improve in that area.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2012
We have been at this school for 3 years now and love it. I have been there when there was some drama however, with the new CEO and Principle (in their 3rd and 2nd year at the school, respectively) the school has had a huge turn around and I can see that the school is going in a great direction. There are many amazing teachers and only one or two that I have heard not so great things about. The school has a Dual Immersion program in Chinese and has 30 minutes of instruction daily in Arabic or Spanish (for those not in Chinese). They have great art programs, drama productions, music, and ballroom. All in all I am extremely happy that I have stayed over the years. My children are happy there and excited to return after the summer break.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2012
My daughter loves kindergarten at Renaissance! Her teacher is excellent and does a good job of making learning exciting while setting high expectations for behavior and discipline. It is a good foundation for my daughter to understand the how to be successful though out her years in school. We are excited to have the opportunity to participate in the Chinese dual immersion program starting next year. We are very happy with what we have seen so far.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2010
The teachers at this school are two extremes. Either they are AMAZING or TERRIBLE! This school offers great programs in languages, arts, and music. There is a lot of drama with the parent/school board administration which was confusing for my child to always hear what was the newest arguement AT school. We decided to leave our 2nd year at this school. The teacher hardly ever taught math leaving a huge gap in her learning.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2010
We decided to leave Renaissance after my middle daughter had 3 bad teachers in 4 years. Bad teachers are fired but the associated parent/school board/administration drama wears thin quickly. Renaissance offers a lot of fun experiences, hands on activities and field trips that attract high energy kids. In classes with less structure these kids quickly get out of control creating discipline problems. Renaissance offers Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic to all k-9 students. To help defray costs children bring notebooks from home and copy their assignments from workbooks or teacher created lessons in to these notebooks . Struggling teachers can overlook areas that are not their strengths leaving gaps in your child's education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
R.A. offers a mind-expanding educational environment of exploration, play, learning and study.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2009
My daughter was encouraged to be curious & question how things work & why. Her teacher taught her HOW to learn not what to learn to pass off some facts based timed test! She was able to develop a rich thinking ability & deeper understanding of how connections & relationships work in our world. Her teacher taught her 'facts' too but she taught them to an interested learner not just another kid & another test. We loved the multicultural incorporation used throughout the school & the focus on the arts to express & encourage learning!

- submitted by a parent
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Renaissance Academy
3435 North 1120 East, Lehi, UT  84043
(801) 768-4202
Last modified Renaissance Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-9. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Renaissance Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top