EL emphasizes high achievement through active learning, character growth and teamwork. Students spend much of their time working on learning expeditions that explore “big ideas,” broad topics or themes. In the course of an “expedition,” students become researchers, writers and experts on the topic being investigated and engage in purposeful “fieldwork” that brings them into the community to make connections between their studies and the real world.
School Structures that Support Learning:
Structures like Crew allow teachers and students to develop relationships that go beyond classroom learning. Crews of one teacher and 12 students gather each day to discuss issues ranging from academic to global to social issues of interest. Another important structure at Renaissance is intensives, or mini-courses, that provide students with opportunities to immerse themselves in activities and concentrated areas of study for a full week, twice per year. Students frequently engage in community service work during intensives as a way of giving back to their community.
100% of Class of 2010 applied and gained admission to a college or university
$ 2.1 million in grants and scholarships for class of 2010
54 John and Abigail Adams Scholars in 2010 and 2011
75% Proficient/Advanced scores on 2010 10th grade ELA MCAS
68% Proficient/Advanced scores on 2010 10th grade Math MCAS
4,900 Student Led Family Conferences
500 Grade 8 and 10 Passage Portfolios
400 Outward Bound graduates