Meaningful Connections

Meaningful connections between student and teacher are developed through daily advisory crew meetings. Advisory crews provide academic and social support through team-building activities, meetings among peers, and mentoring opportunities.

Adventure Education

Students develop a strong and lasting bond with their peers and teachers through Adventure Education.  Adventure Education voyages contribute to a culture of teamwork, perseverance, and cooperation.

Teachers and Students as Designers

A sense of ownership and belonging is created by teacher and student engagement in decisions regarding the design of curriculum, assessment, and of their physical environment.

Service Learning

An emphasis on service learning develops students as principled, caring young people who take action as a consequence of their learning.

Shared Traditions

The school's small size, along with a tradition of shared experiences such as drum circles and all-school meetings create a culture of crew that feels more like a family than traditional schools. The Renaissance motto is “We are crew, not passengers”.


We are crew, not passengers.

-Kurt Hahn, Founder of Outward Bound

No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.

- James Comer, MD, MPH
Founder, Comer School Development Program