Seeing is Believing! Open Tour Day Thursday, Feb. 11

January 27th, 2016

Seeing is believing, and you’ve got to see this. Renaissance Academy welcomes prospective students and their parents to attend an Open Tour Day on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 from 9 to 11 a.m. Renaissance Academy is a free, public, New Technology High School that is part of the Clarksville Community School Corporation. The school is currently accepting southern Indiana students entering grades 9-11 for the 2016-2017 school year.

Complete with couches for desks, laptops instead of notebooks, and classrooms called “studios,” this new tech high school teaches standard curriculum in an unconventional way. Rather than lectures and note taking, students lead their own learning using team projects and technology, just like the modern workplace.

“The goal of the Open Tour Day is to get potential learners in our doors during a normal school day, so that they can experience a new tech high school in action,” said Dr. Brian Allred, director of Renaissance Academy. “Our unique education model gives learners ownership over their learning experience and encourages a level of responsibility similar to what they may experience in a professional workplace. Renaissance is educating students for the 21st century.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to speak with Renaissance Academy staff, engage in student-led tours, and participate in a panel discussion with Renaissance Academy learners.

To attend Renaissance Academy’s Open Tour Day, please RSVP via email to Dr. Allred at ballred@clarksvilleschools.org. Please detail how many people will be attending and the prospective learner’s grade level for the 2016-2017 school year.

Renaissance Academy is located at 806 Eastern Blvd., Clarksville, IN.

About Renaissance Academy

Part of the national New Tech Network, Renaissance Academy is a new type of public

high school that takes the traditional model and turns it upside down. Rather than lectures and note taking, students lead their own learning using team projects and technology, just like the modern workplace. Students from outside the Clarksville Community School Corporation district are eligible to apply for enrollment.

About The New Tech Network

New Tech Network works nationwide with schools, districts and communities to develop

innovative public schools. The New Tech design provides an instructional approach centered on project-based learning, a culture that empowers students and teachers, and integrated technology in the classroom. Our hands-on, multi-year approach gives schools structure and support to ensure long-term success. Founded in Napa, California, in 1996, New Tech is made up of 175 schools in 28 states and Australia.

Innovation and Public School Choice: Renaissance Academy!!

Clarksville Community School Corporation was one of three public Indiana school corporations invited to participate in “Innovation and Public School Choice” at the Statehouse in Indianapolis on Monday, Jan. 25 to discuss how Renaissance Academy has brought innovation and public school choice to Clarksville and southern Indiana!

Clarksville Community School Corporation was one of three public Indiana school corporations invited to participate in “Innovation and Public School Choice” a conference hosted by the Institute for Quality Education on Jan. 25 at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Key community leaders and stakeholders in Clarksville who have supported the innovation efforts to bring Renaissance Academy, southern Indiana’s first New Tech Network School, to Clark County were invited to participate in a conference celebrating school choice and efforts made.

Kim Knott, Superintendent of Clarksville Community Schools, served on a panel along with two other public school leaders from Indianapolis Public Schools and Beech Grove discussing how their respective districts offer school choice and innovative public schools to their students and families.

Knott spoke to the great efforts made by Clarksville Community Schools to bring a unique, new educational model to southern Indiana and how Renaissance Academy is making a difference within Clarksville Community Schools and the southern Indiana area.

Renaissance Academy learners, families, community stakeholders and leaders participated in networking, informal conversation and spent time with State Representative Steve Stemler and Senator Ron Grooms by discussing the importance of school choice and innovative public school options and most importantly how Renaissance Academy has made a positive impact in their lives and the southern Indiana community.

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If you are interested in visiting Renaissance Academy, they will be opening their doors to visitors on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. for prospective students and families to experience a day at Renaissance Academy. There will be student-led tours, Q&A time with a panel of Renaissance Academy students and opportunities to speak with staff and Principal, Dr. Brian Allred.

Please RSVP via email to ballred@clarksvilleschools.org with the number of people attending the Open Tour day and the grade the prospective learner will be in for the 2016-17 school year.

Renaissance Academy will be accepting students grades 9, 10 and 11 for the 2016-17 school year.