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Mission & Vision

School Culture

By engaging all students and through a purposeful commitment to our Mission Statement and the CES Principles, we foster rigorous habits of mind and a tone of decency, respect, and kindness.

Developed from extensive research of and conversations with educators dedicated to creating personalized, equitable, and academically challenging schools for all students, the CES Common Principles are intended as a guiding philosophy for schools.

Renaissance Essential Skills and Learnings represent skills and knowledge that all Renaissance graduates will acquire.


To serve as a beacon school that graduates well-rounded students, with strong foundational skills, who connect subjects, ideas, people, problems and solutions; who create unique, significant work that contributes to the community and/or world; and who can change themselves, their peers and the world. Connect — Create — Change!



Renaissance students and staff will become well-rounded learners and leaders.

Students will form habits of mind including:

  • using resources and strategies to successfully find a connection and/or a solution
  • utilizing recognized forms of reasoning to construct arguments based on available evidence explaining and supporting perspectives on a topic or issue
  • seeing many points of view, generating alternatives, and considering many options
  • working toward high standards, revising and reworking, striving for constant improvement
  • consistently seeking deeper understanding, asking why, and refusing to accept an easy answer
  • willing to step outside their comfort zone, to take a risk and try new things, and generate work that is unique to them.

Faculty and staff will:

  • develop themselves professionally through participation in the Renaissance Academy (and other) learning communities
  • form strong relationships with students and then ask more of them
  • become facilitators of learning rather than dispensers of knowledge
  • will embrace the principle of multiple obligations and a commitment to the entire school