Day In The Life

The individualized nature of Renaissance’s education plan means that schedules and experiences will vary greatly amongst students based on their educational needs and interests. A few examples of potential schedules are provided below to illustrate how this might look for an individual student on a given day. Please note that these are examples only and do not necessarily reflect the actual experiences future Renaissance Secondary students will have. The examples also show the corresponding World Class Outcomes, as mapped to Colorado State Standards.

Renaissance Secondary plans to start the school day later than traditional middle and high schools. Students who participate in extracurricular activities outside of school will be permitted to leave early and take part in those activities in lieu of their X Block time.


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9:00

Advisory Crew

A daily meeting of students with an adult faculty advisor. Advisory time may be comprised of team building activities, academic follow up and planning with an advisor, peer meeting, mentoring, academic and social support. Advisory programs promote students feeling “connected” to responsible and caring adults and peers. They can become a platform for personalized and meaningful social, emotional, civic learning and dispositions that will support school and life success.


Morning

Learning Block

Uninterrupted time to dig deep into a compelling topic or project, which may include skill instruction as needed to support Learning Expedition.

 


Lunch

At approximately 45 minutes, there is sufficient time to eat and perhaps an opportunity to spend time outdoors


Afternoon

Learning Block

Uninterrupted time to dig deep into a compelling topic or project, which may include skill instruction as needed to support Learning Expedition.


Flex Time

Unscheduled time that is utilized according to student and teacher needs. For example, Flex Time may consist of additional work time for project completion, time with an arts teacher to work on specific skills, additional world languages practice, or mathematics lab extensions.


2:00

First X-Block

Elective courses based around student interests and passions.

Students may choose from a large range of academic, athletic, or arts-inspired subjects such as chess, yoga, sculpture, fencing, sports, circus arts, Model United Nations, or archery to name a few.


3:00

Second X-Block

Elective courses based around student interests and passions.

Students may choose from a large range of academic, athletic, or arts-inspired subjects such as chess, yoga, sculpture, fencing, sports, circus arts, Model United Nations, or archery to name a few.

4:00

Closing Circle

Students come together as a community to debrief and reflect on the days activities and learning

4:25

Dismissal

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9:00

Advisory Crew

Georgia is still getting used to her new school. As a seventh grader, this is her first year at Renaissance Secondary School. She likes Advisory Crew because there are fewer kids and she feels more comfortable speaking up. Today the students are discussing what X Blocks they will choose for the next session. Riley, a ninth grader Georgia has come to know pretty well, encourages her to run cross-country.

Georgia also has 1:1 time with her advisory crew leader. This gives Georgia the support she needs to make some individual decisions, set some goals, and get needed feedback on learning so far.


Morning

Learning Expedition

Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Humanities

Georgia and her team, through a series of learning experiences (text, video, discussion, Skype) about the Syrian refugee crisis, have identified an issue — the need for low-cost, sustainable, portable boats for transporting people to safer ground. Georgia works on her design for her boat in the expedition, “Ship Shape.” She and three other students are using an engineering design process to develop a hull design fulfilling a complicated set of design constraints. She is working with a free education license of Autodesk Inventor to create a 3D model which they will print a prototype of on a 3D printer. Next week, her team will build the ship model and sail it. Their prototype and trial results will be shared with the international relief agency the students have partnered with.

World Class Outcomes

Language Arts  Mathematics  Science  Social Studies  Middle School Technology


Lunch

Lunch

Georgia enjoys getting served lunch by her brother and his best friend Tanner. It’s nice to see them taking on some responsibility and serving others. Georgia looks forward to her service in the kitchen.


Afternoon

Learning Expedition

Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Humanities

Georgia and seven other students are reading Life of Pi as part of the same “Ship Shape” expedition. Today is Georgia’s turn to lead the literature seminar. She’s especially excited because they will be live streaming and live blogging with a 9th grade class in a neighboring school district who is also reading Life of Pi right now.

World Class Outcomes

Language Arts


Afternoon

Flex Time

Arts/World Languages

Today, Georgia’s crew meets with the Visual Arts teacher to hone their skills in technical drawing and Autodesk Inventor as part of their “Ship Shape” expedition.

World Class Outcomes

Middle School Technology


2:00

X Block

Students who participate in extracurricular activities outside of school will be permitted to leave early and take part in those activities in lieu of their X Block time.

Sculpture

Georgia has the chance to work with a professional sculptor as part of the school’s partnership with the Greater Castle Rock Arts Guild.


3:00

X Block

Students who participate in extracurricular activities outside of school will be permitted to leave early and take part in those activities in lieu of their X Block time.

Yoga

Taught through a grant from Inner Connections Yoga of Castle Rock and the Recreation Center, this is one of several classes designed to introduce healthy lifestyle options to kids.

World Class Outcomes

Physical Education


4:25

Dismissal

For students participating in X Blocks.
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9:00

Advisory Crew

Along with community building and 1:1 support, Tanner’s advisory crew takes part in a young entrepreneur/innovator guest speakers series. His advisory group is exposed to a variety of design processes, ideas, and projects. The idea is to open students’ eyes to how others identify a need and create a viable design, and to show students a wide variety of possible interest areas.


Morning

Learning Expedition

Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Humanities

Tanner’s class is spending the semester in the Agriculture Expedition. This Learning Expedition is grounded in community and service. Tanner and three other students go to the kitchen to help the chef prepare the community meal, since it is the second Friday of the month. He is learning how to bake bread after learning last week the chemical process that causes yeast to make bread rise.

World Class Outcomes

Science


Lunch

Tanner helps serve lunch to students, faculty, and staff and then joins a table for community lunch.


Afternoon

Learning Expedition

Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and Humanities

Tanner meets his class in the outdoor classroom near the farm. They are studying flow rates and determining the amount of water needed for each crop. After their discussion, Tanner is given time to read. He and his fellow students are reading Grapes of Wrath, and have also read historical, economical, and scientific accounts of the dust bowl and Great Depression. Tomorrow’s Socratic Seminar discussion during literature seminar will be about the effect of drought on the economy during the Great Depression.

World Class Outcomes

Science English Language Arts Social Studies


Afternoon

Flex Time

Arts/World Languages

Since today is Tuesday, Tanner’s flex time is dedicated to working on a personal project in the makerspace. Tanner has volunteered to work on set construction for a musical theater piece that is being produced in an X Block.


2:00

X Block

Students who participate in extracurricular activities outside of school will be permitted to leave early and take part in those activities in lieu of their X Block time.

Chess

This X Block is open to students with a wide range of experience. Students have the opportunity to tutor one another, play against students with comparable ability and work with adult chess mentors identified through the Castle Rock Recreation Program.


3:00

X Block

Students who participate in extracurricular activities outside of school will be permitted to leave early and take part in those activities in lieu of their X Block time.

Rocketry


4:25

Dismissal

For students participating in X Blocks.

While the school day is officially over, Tanner is so excited about his rocket design that he takes it home to work on more this evening with his mom.

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7:30

Alarm Clock Rings

Johnny wakes up. He was up late last night practicing with his band. He plays the guitar. His bandmates go to a nearby school and they have already been in class for half an hour. He feels rested and ready to learn.


9:00

Advisory Crew


Morning

Learning Expedition

Johnny’s current expedition is studying various forms of renewable energy and which might be most economically feasible on the front range of Colorado. Today his crew is doing field work with Solar City, learning about how they evaluate a residential home for placement of solar panels and the potential for electricity generation. His Integrated Math teacher told him to pay particular attention to the geometry involved in determining where—and whether—to place solar panels on each part of the roof.

World Class Outcomes

Science Mathematics


Lunch

Johnny eats his lunch and spends a little quiet time with friends in the courtyard before diving into an afternoon of learning.


Afternoon

Math Lab (M-Th) Passion Projects (F)

Usually, Johnny takes part in a 10th grade integrated Math Lab, but since today is Friday, he is working in service of his Passion Project which is the creation and maintenance of the school’s recycling program. Today, he is putting the finishing touches on a school-wide survey for students to find out how the program is working for them and asking for feedback on what changes they’d like to see. Johnny checks his email and sees an email from his contact at Pro Disposal confirming his visit to their recycling facility next week and the opportunity to interview the Director of Operations.


Afternoon

Literature Seminar (Tu/Th) World Languages (M/W/F)

Johnny works at his own level and pace using Rosetta Stone Spanish. He loves foreign language and is almost fluent. He is considering taking a more advanced class at a nearby community college next semester, as he is close to completing all five levels of Rosetta Stone.

Johnny also participates in his 15-minute, once-per-week Skype chat with his video-pal Isabella in Señora Cruz’s class in Costa Rica.

World Class Outcomes

World Languages


2:00

X Block

Students who participate in extracurricular activities outside of school will be permitted to leave early and take part in those activities in lieu of their X Block time.

Costa Rica Community Service Trip Planning

He and 8 other students studying Spanish developed a plan to go to Costa Rica to do some community service over Spring Break. They will be tutoring English language for some Costa Rican school-age kids, offering seminars in language skills such as writing for older students and adults. Students will also be painting and otherwise upgrading the structure that serves as the local school building. Probably most importantly, students will participate in the exchange of language and culture.

A teacher has agreed to help create a four week X Block as a time to plan the details of the trip and create a plan for financing through fundraising. They recently sent letters and have made oral and visual presentations to various churches and service organizations, and have received nearly half of the money needed to fund their trip. Today, they are brainstorming other fundraising ideas that will help them get to their goal.


3:00

X Block

Students who participate in extracurricular activities outside of school will be permitted to leave early and take part in those activities in lieu of their X Block time.

Makerspace


4:25

Dismissal

For students participating in X Blocks.

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9:00

Advisory Crew


Morning

Learning Expedition

Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Humanities

Janice is finishing her performance assessment of the last Learning Expedition she was involved in. Janice chose to demonstrate her understanding through visual arts. Part of her assessment involves curating a painting representing the struggle for civil rights. She hangs it on the wall in the hallway, making sure the lighting is just right. She takes a picture for her digital portfolio. She will present her portfolio during her Presentation of Learning at the end of the year.

World Class Outcomes

Art Social Studies English Language Arts


Lunch

Lunch

Janice chooses to attend today’s R-Talk while she eats lunch. R-Talks are modeled on TED Talks and occur bi-monthly. Today’s talk is from a college admissions counselor discussing the relative merits of taking a gap-year and some of the opportunities available to students if they decide to take one. Janice makes a note to herself to learn more about City Year as it sounds like something she might love.


Afternoon

Break

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Janice takes advantage of the flexible schedule and heads to Arapahoe Community College for a Calculus class as part of the concurrent enrollment program.

World Class Outcomes

Mathematics


Afternoon

Math Lab (M-Th) Passion Projects (F)

Calculus at ACC (Tuesdays and Thursdays).

World Class Outcomes

Mathematics


Afternoon

Literature Seminar (Tu/Th) World Languages (M/W/F)

This semester, Janice won’t participate in Literature Seminar to accommodate her concurrent enrollment at ACC.


2:00

X Block

Students who participate in extracurricular activities outside of school will be permitted to leave early and take part in those activities in lieu of their X Block time.

SAT/College Prep

Janice and other juniors are preparing to take the SAT. Today she is taking a practice test of one of the sections. Two weeks from now, the students in this X Block will be meeting with college counselors.


3:00

X Block

Students who participate in extracurricular activities outside of school will be permitted to leave early and take part in those activities in lieu of their X Block time.

Musical Theatre

Janice is taking the opportunity to explore her passion for music and theater through participation in the school’s winter musical.

4:25

Dismissal

For students participating in X Blocks.

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