Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Magnet School?
A magnet school is a public school that has a special focus. As a school of choice, it is designed to recruit students from all parts of a school district. Renaissance has Expeditionary Learning and Outward Bound as its special focus. Students from Douglas County and other school districts may choose to apply for Open Enrollment.
Is Renaissance a Public School?
Yes. As a public school in Douglas County, Renaissance ensures the same high quality education as other Douglas County Schools, and adheres to all the district guidelines.
Is Renaissance a Charter School?
No, Renaissance is not a charter school; it is a magnet school.
What is Expeditionary Learning/Outward Bound (ELOB)?
Expeditionary Learning is a research-based school design model built around learning expeditions, other active forms of teaching and learning, and a challenging and supportive school culture. The design emphasizes experiential learning, high achievement, character growth and high expectations. ELOB schools, like Renaissance, are part of a nonprofit school improvement and teacher development organization, with a growing national network of 136 schools reaching almost 50,000 students in 27 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
How Does Outward Bound Fit In?
Outward Bound USA is an organization that works in partnership with EL and draws upon a significant history of teaching through adventure and service. Renaissance's adventure education program utilizes Outward Bound's philosophy and approach by providing opportunities for students to explore the outdoors and take on physical challenges for individual growth and team building. Some of these include camping, hiking, ropes courses and climbing challenges, appropriately selected for each age group.
Where Do Students Go to Middle School after Attending Renaissance, and Are They Successful When They Get There?
Most of our students go on to attend their public neighborhood middle schools in Douglas County. Some have chosen to continue their education with ELOB. Surveys to alumni and their families tell us students are very successful in both environments.
How Do I Know How My Child is Doing?
Renaissance School is dedicated to meeting each child's needs. This is accomplished through assessment of student progress and goal setting for the individual student. In a school year, there are numerous formal mechanisms for communication between the classroom teacher and parents. These include two Listening Conferences (goal-setting conferences) and two semester progress reports (report cards) accompanied by a written narrative describing student strengths, challenges and next steps. A portfolio at each grade level allows students to enhance the story of their growth and achievement. Students will develop Passage Portfolios at the end of third and sixth grades. Students share their Passage Portfolios with a panel of community members.
There are also numerous opportunities for parents and the community to engage with student learning through volunteering, classroom presentations, art shows, and annual Renaissance events.
What Annual Calendar Does Renaissance Follow?
Renaissance follows its own district approved Modified Calendar.
What is the Daily Schedule?
8:40 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. 8:40 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
Why are Wednesdays Half-Days?
The ELOB school design has high expectations for both students and staff. The staff spends Wednesday afternoons planning the Learning Expeditions and engages in professional development to better serve the students.
Does the School District Provide Transportation to Renaissance?
Currently, the only district bus transportation is from Parker.
Is There a Hot Lunch Program?
Like all elementary schools that are part of the Douglas County School District, hot lunches are sold and served in the school's cafeteria.
Is There Before- and After-School Care?
Yes, our Camelot program is open to students before school beginning at 6:30 a.m. and after school until 6:00 p.m. There is a tuition cost for participation in this program.