Seeing is Believing! Open Tour Day March 17

March 7th, 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, March 17, 2016 from 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.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 atballred@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.

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.

RA Student Handbook

August 14th, 2015

Please CLICK HERE to view Renaissance Academy’s 2017-18 Student Handbook!

Facilitators Present at National Conference

July 23rd, 2015

Congratulations to Mr. Whicker and Ms. Shipman for being named finalists in the Best in Network category for their project, “There’s a Butterfly in my Revolution”!

As nominees, Mr. Whicker and Ms. Shipman got the opportunity to present their project and its successes to a packed room during the NTAC 2015 National Teaching Conference in Chicago on Wednesday, July 22!

Our facilitators were nominated during the first year of Renaissance Academy! What a huge honor! Congratulations to Mr. Whicker and Ms. Shipman! Our learners are very lucky to have leaders like you two! 

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RA Students Participate in Summer Workshops

June 25th, 2015

Renaissance Academy learners had the opportunity this summer break to attend two workshops provided by the Purdue Polytechnic Institute in partnership with Renaissance Academy!

The first workshop, Communication Systems, attended from June 15-19, focused on exploring the application of the tools, materials and techniques used to design, produce, use and assess systems of communication. Learners worked on producing graphic and electronic media as they applied communication technologies.

The second workshop, Principles of Engineering, attended from June 22-26  focuses on applying engineering technological, scientific and mathematical principles to the design, production and operation of products, structures and systems. Learners performed hands-on activities related to specialized fields such as civil, mechanical, electrical and materials engineering. Learners were given the task of reconstructing a quad-copter with their own materials and handy work!

Renaissance Academy, Clarksville Community Schools’ New Technology High School, is currently accepting applications for grades nine and 10 for the 2015-16 school year. Applications are available HERE and can be submitted by email, fax. US mail or in person at Renaissance Academy, located at 806 Eastern Blvd. Prospective learners and their families can schedule an appointment to visit Renaissance Academy by calling 812-258-9040 or email Susan Westfall at swestfall@clarksvilleschools.org.

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RA World Fest Showcases World Perspectives Projects

May 28th, 2015

Renaissance Academy learners hosted its first ever World Fest event on Wednesday, May 27. The Learners have been researching religions of the world, creating digital storybooks and have been learning about cultures in international communities in order to showcase countries at the event.

Learners prepared special presentations, delicious food, digital storybooks and had a great time presenting to community partners and members!

Thanks to all who attended World Fest! Congratulations to our learners for a successful event!

CLICK HERE to read the News and Tribune’s article written after reporter Jerod Clapp attended the event!

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RA Learners Lead U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony

May 22nd, 2015

Before we honor those who have given their lives for our country on Memorial Day, Monday May 25, Renaissance Academy learners honored their country by taking part in retiring two American flags of Clarksville Community Schools on Friday, May 22.

The U.S. Flag code states that, “the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” Thus, when a flag is torn and tattered beyond repair, it’s time for it to be retired.

Two Renaissance Academy learners, freshmen Logan Dailey and Andrew Haven, who are also Boy Scouts, helped lead the Flag Retirement Ceremony.

It was a very special ceremony. Thank you to Logan and Andrew for their leadership!

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Chef Whaley Visits RA

May 21st, 2015

Renaissance Academy had a special visitor around lunch time on Wednesday, May 21.

Chef Jim Whaley is part of the national database of “Chefs Move to Schools” program and he visited RA to promote healthier foods, cooking processes and allowed our students the opportunity to sample some food examples.

He took the unique opportunity to meet the students, evaluate our cafeteria and make suggestions to better our current menu along with what positives he sees happening with our menu and cafeteria! It was a great opportunity for our students to meet Chef Whaley, a chef with more than 36 years of experience in Food Service.

Thanks for visiting Renaissance Academy, Chef Whaley!

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Renaissance Academy Applications being taken for 2015-16 School Year

May 20th, 2015

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Renaissance Academy, Clarksville Community Schools’ New Technology High School, is currently accepting applications for grades nine and 10 for the 2015-2016 school year. For priority consideration, applications must be submitted by June 1, 2015.

Renaissance Academy opened in the fall of 2014. While focusing on the same curriculum as the traditional high school, Renaissance Academy is a new type of high school that takes the traditional model and turns it upside down. Rather than note-taking and lectures, Renaissance learners lead their own learning using team projects and technology.

There are only four requirements for learners to attend:

  1. Must be willing and able to work in groups;
  2. Must understand that making presentations and public speaking is required;
  3. Must be prepared for Algebra I;
  4. And must make a one-year commitment to the school and its project-based learning model.

Applications are available online at renaissanceacademyin.com/application and can be submitted by email, fax, US mail or in person at Renaissance Academy, located at 806 Eastern Blvd.

Prospective learners and their families can schedule an appointment to visit Renaissance Academy by calling 812.258.9040.

Learners who are accepted at Renaissance Academy will participate in Culture Camp July 27-28, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The two-day program brings together Renaissance learners just before school starts to begin establishing the school’s culture of trust, respect and responsibility.

Applications for enrollment for all other Clarksville Community Schools (all grades) are available online at www.ccsc.k12.in.us or can be obtained at each school. Enrollment is open to students both inside the district’s boundaries and beyond. Approximately 10 percent of students enrolled in Clarksville Community Schools reside outside the district’s formal boundaries. The school district has the lowest public school teacher-to-student ratio in Clark County.

The first day of school for the 2015-2016 school year is Thursday, July 30, 2015 for all Clarksville Community Schools.