Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound School
Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound (ELOB) School is a K-6 public magnet school in Castle Rock. Renaissance is an Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound school, meaning it's not like school the way you may remember it.
At Renaissance ELOB, learning is relevant and fun. Students learn Science and Social Studies in the same way scientists and historians do, through exploration and fieldwork. Students at Renaissance take their learning beyond the classroom, collecting data, analyzing it, and then presenting their learning to the larger community.
Students also all participate in adventure education, which takes many forms. Classes, or "crews", as they are known at Renaissance, go on voyages twice per year to the Colorado outdoors. Students in PE rock climb and learn archery. Adventure education is integral to the Renaissance experience as it builds a sense of self and community.
Did you know?
A magnet school is not the same as a charter school. A charter school is operated independently of the school district, while a magnet school is a public school of choice operated by the school district.
As a magnet school, Renaissance is open to all students. We are not a neighborhood school and utilize a lottery process for enrollment. The best way to really understand what Renaissance is all about is to come and visit! Click HERE to find out about new parent orientations.
ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
By the Numbers
ABOUT OUR "CREWS"
The term "crew" illustrates that our students are taught to work as a team and participate fully in their classroom community - just as a ship's crew works together to navigate during their ocean journey.
Culture of Crew
ABOUT OUR FACULTY
Teachers are selected because of their commitment to kids and their expertise in teaching and learning.
In addition to classroom teachers, the faculty includes a building resource teacher (BRT) who serves as an instructional coach, full-time teachers of visual arts, music, physical education and special education, and many other part-time faculty, paraprofessionals, and classified staff provide an array of other student support services.
Learning at Renaissance
At the Renaissance ELOB School, learning expeditions serve as the primary way of organizing Social Studies and Science curriculum. Learning Expeditions feature projects that require students to construct deep understanding and skills, and produce products or performances for real audiences.
Adventure education is an integral part of the Renaissance experience. All students attend "voyages" - outdoor experiences that challenge them to step out of their comfort zones to develop character and a sense of teamwork with their crews.
At Renaissance, character education is not just taught as a list of character traits to memorize. The culture of the school, with its small size and sense of community, promotes belonging, independence, mastery, and generosity.
The arts and physical education are an essential part of student learning at Renaissance. Each week, crews rotate through music, art, and PE.
21st Century Literacy means Integrated Technology
Students at Renaissance are using digital tools to: read, write, multi-author, to content find and research, to analyze and present via multi-media, connect globally, produce performance assessments, create, and synthesize information.
By the Numbers
What Students Say About Their Renaissance Experience
"When things get hard, you can't give up. You have to keep going and make it to the top."
Written by sixth graders reflecting on their time at Renaissance.
"Classmate, what's a classmate? Do you mean CREW mate?"
"You will never see anything worth seeing unless you persevere."
"REMS philosophy is like life. You never know what's going to jump in your boat."
"After you poop in the woods together, NOTHING is embarrassing."