Learning Expeditions—deep studies of rich academic topics—are a primary means of organizing and delivering the educational program, cutting across disciplines, including the arts. Learning Expeditions are inquiry based, integrated through core content areas, and differentiated based on student needs and interests. Students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.
Research says students perform best when they are engaged and involved in their educational process instead of mere “recipients” of knowledge and information. Renaissance students aren't “held back” by the traditional class offering schedule, but receive instruction and tools that meet their academic needs. These include independent study opportunities, ‘X Block’ electives, internships, and field work opportunities for students to learn “in the field” with experts in areas about which they are passionate.
We are committed to serving students according to research-based best practices in education to prepare students for college, careers, and life. A rigorous and flexible RSS education will lead to a deep understanding of concepts represented by the World Class Outcomes and Colorado State Content Standards. What's more, students at Renaissance will become adept in the “four C’s” that business leaders cite as imperative to success in any field -Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking—rather than on memorization of information.
Key Components of Renaissance's Academic Program:
- Learning Expeditions and Fieldwork
- Rigorous Academics and Focus on College Preparation
- Building Character and an Ethic of Service
- Portfolios/Presentations of Learning
- Adventure Education and Physical Education
- Arts Integration