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The Renaissance School is a small learning community designed to provide both a college-prep and career-ready curriculum. We are a non-profit school that believes students deserve to be taught in the way they learn best - in small group settings with differentiated, hands-on learning opportunities. Our curricular opportunities are designed to help students propel past the barriers that are keeping them from fulfilling both their academic and life goals.
Renaissance School offers a small group setting that integrates a multi-sensory approach into every aspect. We have groups, not grades. Student are placed according to their academic ability, social ability, and age. Each group is always taught to the highest grade level in the group and work is differentiated upon the individual students needs. This type of placement, in conjunction with smaller groups of twelve students or less, allows us to meet students where they are, fill in their gaps, and move them forward. Students that are able can also be accelerated and challenged through this type of instruction.
State standards are met through our curriculum, but are typically exceeded because of the smaller setting and multi-sensory approach. Our teaching staff is truly gifted and enjoys diving deep into subjects to provide detailed material. This is great for students with all learning patterns, as this way of teaching holds their attention and makes them excited about school! Students gain great knowledge and actually enjoy doing it! We measure our students progress by assessing them upon registration and at the beginning and end of each year. We also use IOWA standardized testing each April. While assessments are important our goal is always to teach higher order learning and thinking.
At Renaissance School we understand that gifts come in many shapes and forms. In order to meet all of our students needs and interests we offer a well-versed enrichment program. Enrichment classes are everyday and include PE, theatre, art, logic (upper-level groups), and Alabama 4H. We incorporate social and life skills into our enrichment classes so students are given the tools necessary to meet their fullest potential in the real world.
At the Renaissance School, we strive to renew confidence and awaken excellence in our students. We understand that everyone learns differently; therefore we use a variety of Orton-Gillingham, multi-sensory teaching methods to address individual needs and empower each student. Our curricular opportunities are designed to help students propel past the barriers that are keeping them from fulfilling both their academic and life goals.
We understand that not all great minds think alike. Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of others by offering an educational environment rich in layers of inquiry, exploration, diversity, and outreach.