RSS will utilize DCSD Open Enrollment for our application process for the 2018-19 school year.
DCSD Open Enrollment is an online process and begins November 1 and ends on December 1 (Round 1). All applications received by December 1 will be entered into a lottery for the open spots at RSS for the 2018-19 school year. Families will find out by December 9 as to their status (admitted or wait list) and will have until December 15 to accept their spot at RSS.
Parents and students are welcome to attend an information session to learn more about our compelling education for Grades 6-11!
At least one parent must attend an information session in order to enroll at the school. Information sessions give an overview of the school’s unique programming and include a tour of the school.
11/09/2017 (Thu. 6:00pm - 7:30pm)
11/15/2017 (Wed. 6:00pm - 7:30pm)
12/12/2017 (Tue. 6:00pm - 7:30pm)
11/18/2017 (Sat. 9:00am - 10:30am)
12/16/2017 (Sat. 9:00am - 10:30am)
FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR
Special Education Enrollment:
Please click here to view and download: Enrollment of Students Receiving Special Education Services. If your child has Special Education needs and you are considering enrollment at RSS, please review this introductory letter from our Special Education team.
Greetings from the Renaissance Guidance Team!
Welcome to Renaissance Secondary School’s prospective student informational session - we do hope you are enjoying learning about our educational philosophy. Debbie Rabideau, our Leader of Learning, says it best: "Renaissance Secondary School is a fundamentally different school. Understanding that each student is their own unique individual with their own way of learning, RSS takes a personalized approach to meet students where they are academically while accounting for their individual interests and passions.” If you are considering open enrolling your student who has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), we hope this document assists your family in getting a sense of Renaissance’s approach in educating diverse learners, answer initial questions, and provide resources to access further information.
Douglas County School District (DCSD) is proud to offer a “wide variety of pathways to learning”, including neighborhood schools, magnet, charter, online, home education, contract schools, and scholarships to private partner schools. Just as DCSD is committed to “ empower families to find the best educational fit for their children ” through the open enrollment process, Renaissance Secondary is passionate to collaborate with prospective families who have students with IEP’s to ensure Renaissance is a good match for their student’s passions, interests, and goals. As an a rticle about school choice notes, it’s essential to consider the mission , c ulture , and community atmosphere of a school when determining the best fit for a family and their student. Indeed, e ducational choice allows families to find programs that meet their needs and their personal philosophy, while helping parents to consider what they want for their student’s education.
Meet the Guidance Team!
When you click on our staff tab on Renaissance’s website, it may be tricky to tell at first glance which staff are part of the special education team. We believe this is a good thing! Instead of traditional special education titles which typically don’t tend to hold the most positive associations in students’ minds, we chose titles that best describe our main instructional roles at Renaissance. Katy Kennerley is our Communication Guide, Kim Lavold and Holly Spurlin are our Learning Guides, and Melissa Teasdale and Peter Thompson are our Mental Health Guides. You’ll see us around campus co-teaching in classrooms, facilitating workshop groups in crew spaces, conducting individual conferences with students, teaching X-Blocks, and leading Advisories.
How does Renaissance collaborate with families during the open enrollment process?
Unlike schools who inform incoming families what the school offers in services, service delivery, and programming for students with IEP’s, the Guidance team does not make programming decisions for the following year until all collaborative conversations with incoming families have been conducted. This ensures our programming and support structure is personalized to the needs, interests, passions, and goals of each student with an IEP at Renaissance.
RSS does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, ancestry, academic ability, or need for special education services. Diagnostic and placement tests may be administered after a student is officially enrolled, but they have no bearing on the RSS lottery nor the extension of enrollment invitations.
RSS has and will continue to use the following mechanisms to notify the community about Renaissance and attract a diverse student body:
- RSS website: https://renaissancesecondary.org (this site)
- Articles printed in local news outlets
- Community Information Tables
- Community Information Meetings
- RSS official Facebook page and paid advertising