Faculty & Staff

December 27th, 2021

Faculty & Staff
The Rensaissance Academy staff are adept at working with the gifted. They are able to provide for the uniqueness and diversity of our students. Generally, successful teachers of the gifted possess a deep interest in scholarly and artistic pursuits.

They have wide variety of interests, a creative sense of humor, are student-centered and enthusiastic about teaching, are well-prepared in content areas, and recognize the need for advanced study for themselves.
The key ingredient which our teachers must possess is the capacity to interrelate the student’s abilities and interests. Our teachers are gifted people themselves, many of whom have gifted children of their own. They have all completed the Colorado State Teaching Certification process, and most have master’s degrees with extensive experience in the field. oxplay

All teachers who are successful share a commitment to the growth of their students. Psychological observations have uncovered a number of specific characteristics that accomplished Gifted/Talented instructors seem to possess.
Gifted teachers tend to do less talking. They provide less information, have fewer demonstrations, and are less willing to solve problems for the students. Instead of answering all of the students’ questions, they tend to reflect student questions back to them. The instructors frequently ask, “What do you think?”. They facilitate many student discussions in the classroom which often begin with stimulating questions: “What would happen if . . . ?” Or they ask the group a question that would expand a students concept: “If Betsy is right, what would be the effect on . . . ?”

In short, they tend to draw the information that they want to teach from the students themselves. Instructors of the gifted rely less on feedback. They accept student’s responses as opposed to react to them. They are always attentive and interested but nonjudgmental. These instructors encourage students to comment on each others’ ideas and they engage in adult dialogue with students instead of question-answer periods. There is a large amount of equality shown between gifted teachers and their students. They engage in conversations about life and share viewpoints freely. As you observe a teaching style such as this, you will notice a genuine fascination with the individuality of each student.

Your Invitation – An opportunity to prepare for an exciting future

December 27th, 2021

Your Invitation – An opportunity to prepare for an exciting future
We invite you and your child to experience how the unique program at the Renaissance Academy prepares your child for the future by maximizing intellectual potential, while allowing your child to flourish socially and emotionally.
Placement is based on the child’s actual intellectual potential and achievement as well as the child’s emotional maturity and behavioral patterns. Students are accepted regardless of race, color, gender, physical or perceptual limitations. However, acceptance into the program is dependent upon staff ability to meet each child’s individual needs, including physical, hearing, perceptual limitations, and the child’s ability to interact socially with other students. In addition, the availability of space for new students varies annually. idn live

Each child’s actual level of achievement is determined through an evaluation of their school work, special interest work, and other performance evaluations. Additionally, the child’s developmental history is reviewed, and information provided by the child’s teacher(s), if available, is considered. slot gacor

Admission into The Renaissance Academy is based on a personal interview with the director. During this time, it is important for the parents and school to deduce their level of philosophical alignment. We have found children to be most successful when their family and their school shares a similar value system.

Renaissance Academy normally requires your child to take either a Stanford Binet or Weschler IQ Test to be administered by a clinical psychologist. If Renaissance, the child’s parents, in conjunction with the opinion of the psychologist, believe that we can effectively meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of the child, that child will be admitted.

Renaissance Academy requires the student to participate in one of our classrooms. The amount of time a child visits may vary, and that time should be as long as it takes for parents, students and teachers to feel clear about whether The Renaissance Academy is the right place for the child. At the conclusion of the evaluation period, the student – together with instructors and parents – will make permanent placement decisions. Our primary goal is to make certain that the child is in the most rewarding and productive atmosphere and is amongst intellectual peers.

Gifted children are accepted regardless of race, color, sex, or physical or perceptual limitations. The student body is composed of children from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Tuition for the 2000-2001 academic year is $6,955.00 for Divisions I-V. Tuition for part-time enrollment in Division I is $5,930.00. Payment plans are available upon request. Our intake process is fairly extensive, therefore, enrollment commitments are binding. The Academy does not issue tuition refunds.

Financial Aid
The Board of Directors, together with the Director, will review each applicant’s need and determine the amount of financial relief to be granted. Renaissance offers financial aid for one year only. This normally gives families enough time to financially plan for future years at the Academy.

The Learning Opportunity

December 27th, 2021

The Learning Opportunity – The Renaissance Academy
The overall goal of The Renaissance Academy is to successfully transition students to learning from external discipline and motivation to learning from internal discipline and motivation. We accomplish this goal by partnering with parents to teach the life skills of accountability, responsibility, follow through, and problem solving. We focus on time management, prioritization, and organizational systems. Our curriculum is advanced and intense. Higher learning is most effective when the foundation on which it is placed is organized and solid.

The Renaissance Academy offers a one to thirteen student to teacher ratio. Due to our small class size, instructors develop an in depth understanding of each student. All of our instructors have night time phone hours, so students have the opportunity to clarify assignments. They assist the students in goal setting, and help each one set up systems that will monitor their progress. If the students begin to stray “off course”, students, with instructor facilitation, will identify and try different study strategies.

Classroom instruction encompasses unique components: teachers utilize lecture, debate, team orientations, and weekly field trips. Our weekly field trips expose children to the wealth of knowledge contained in the local community and demonstrate the many ways to collect data. slot88

Although gifted students have a high knowledge level, they will usually excel in either mathematics or reading in the elementary years. The individualized portion of our program involves an individualized “spin” on content areas, allowing gifted students to delve deeper into their area of giftedness. The students often pre-test out of certain chapters in mathematics. Requiring students to repeat what they already know is counterproductive to the gifted student. In certain areas of the curriculum, students are required to produce work from each of the learning components; the goal being that that students can consciously identify the learning style that is most effective for them, and re-format material accordingly.