Renaissance Nationally Recognized for the Third Consecutive Year
Congratulations to every current and former Renaissance student, parent and teacher that made this happen! A three-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.
To produce the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News teamed up with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world.
The U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.
Renaissance Receives Oregon ASCD Whole Child Award 2012-2013
Crater Renaissance Academy Arts & Sciences is extremely proud to be one of two Oregon schools honored by Oregon ASCD to receive the 2012- 2013 ASCD Educating the Whole Child for the 21st Century Award. This award is designed to recognize schools that have gone beyond a vision for educating the whole child to actions that result in learners who are knowledgeable, emotionally and physically healthy, civically active, artistically engaged, prepared for economic self-sufficiency, and ready for the world beyond formal schooling.
This award acknowledges those schools that have changed the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the development of the whole child: a child who is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. Renaissance will continue to seek improvement in all areas in pursuing its mission to serve as a beacon school.
Great Schools “Distinguished” Rating
Oregon Report Card
Renaissance Wins Gold as One of Eight Schools is the Nation as a School of Opportunity
Crater Renaissance Academy of Arts and Sciences in Central Point, Oregon, is one of only 8 schools from across the country to receive “gold” recognition as a “School of Opportunity,” a coveted national designation honoring excellent public high schools that engage in practices that build on students’ strengths and create supported learning opportunities for all students.
“Crater Renaissance Academy’s culture that focuses on acceptance, respect, care, kindness and ‘warm demands’ particularly stood out to the national team of reviewers,” said Carol Burris, School of Opportunity project co-director. The principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools have provided CRA with a set of guidelines that support the implementation of a progressive and intellectually rich education. “What really makes the school tick is the open-heartedness and good spirit of the people at the school who care for both the intellectual, emotional and physical health of all students.”
The National Education Policy Center (NEPC), based at the University of Colorado Boulder, sponsors the Schools of Opportunity project, which identifies excellent public high schools that actively strive to close opportunity gaps — the differences in opportunities and resources that drive the well-known achievement gaps.
“Schools play a key role in a student’s life and learning, and we should hold up excellent schools as exemplars,” explains Kevin Welner NEPC director and project co-director. Students’ learning arises from more than just what happens in school. Research suggests that about one-third of variance among students’ test scores can be attributed to schools, with the remainder likely due to poverty-related factors. Because schools play this important but not controlling role in measured learning, the Schools of Opportunity project rejects the idea that test scores identify the nation’s best schools.
“We instead offer an alternative way of assessing school quality—one that focuses on the day-to-day practices that schools choose to use,” said Welner. “We call attention to research-based practices to support all students and their teachers, thereby creating engaged and successful learning environments.”
Applications went through four levels of screening by review teams comprised of researchers, teachers, policy makers and administrators, who looked at school practices that fell into categories, such as create and maintain healthy school culture; broaden and enrich school curriculum; use a variety of assessments designed to respond to student needs; and support teachers as professionals.
Renaissance Principal Adrienne Hillman stated: “Part of our mission statement is ‘to serve as a beacon school,’ and this honor allows us to continue our progress toward that goal. We are a school of unapologetic idealists governed by the CES principles (http://essentialschools.org/common-principles/). These principles are at the heart of all our decision making, and they align with the values of the Schools of Opportunity Award. We are proud of our students’ and staff’s hard work and passion in building our school and pleased to be recognized by an award that aligns with our beliefs about what a school should be.”
Washington Post Article: “The 20 schools that won 2016 Schools of Opportunity awards — and why they were selected”
The Oregon Quality Education Commission Selects Renaissance as One of Four Schools for its College Readiness Case Study
The Quality Education Commission (QEC) was developed “as a research and data-driven tool to evaluate educational practices and estimate the level of funding required to meet Oregon’s educational goal” in an effort to promote “a better-informed decision making process that leads to better prepared students, a more equitable system, more successful citizens, and a more productive economy in the state.”
In the 2016 round of the Quality Education Commission’s work, the QEC “relied primarily on a case study carried out by the Education Policy Innovation Center and an analysis of key factors influencing graduation rates by the Oregon Department of Education.”