Renaissance Preparatory Academy
Renaissance Preparatory Academy Photo #2 - The Renaissance Preparatory Academy's playground is fenced.
Renaissance Preparatory Academy Photo #3 - Children are dropped off at the edge of the parking lot and move into the Renaissance Preparatory Academy's pedestrian friendly, RPA Fun Zone.
Renaissance Preparatory Academy Photo #5 - RPA uniforms can be either formal including a tie or informal with a polo shirt.
Renaissance Preparatory Academy Photo #6 - Our shield shows our name, our mascot bravely stamping out ignorance and sharing the light of knowledge, our five starts of all five dimensions of educating a whole child and our motto, "Curiosum, Humanitas, Fortitude, Opus" or in plain English, "A curious, civilized scholar with grit who works hard".
Renaissance Preparatory Academy Photo #7 - During good weather (not too hot, cold or rainy), Renaissance Preparatory Academy students eat lunch outside and move right into their lunch recess.
Renaissance Preparatory Academy Photo #8 - On bad weather days, Renaissance Preparatory Academy students eat inside in the Commons which in addition to tables and chairs, also holds our office area and receptionist desk.
Renaissance Preparatory Academy Photo #9 - Renaissance Preparatory Academy students can expect to take at least one field trip a term. For the Summer 2017 term, we spent 3 days at Myrtle Beach State Park exploring that environment: checking out the beach, making maps, flying kites, and setting off volcanoes! We finished our unit on natural disasters and their impact on the local neighborhood.
Renaissance Preparatory Academy Photo #10 - The Renaissance Preparatory Academy uses flex seating and interactive setting in our multi-age classrooms to encourage children to learn to negotiate and share in a courteous manner. We welcome families to visit so stop by the school at 3301 33rd Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.
- RPA is a non-profit, independent, co-ed private day school.
- We offer an advanced curriculum in multi-age classes during ten-week terms in both year round and traditional calendars.
- Students learn traditional academic topics, American Sign Language, art, drama, music, P.E., and have 90-minutes of recess.
- Our classes range from family size to a maximum of 15 students. When seats are available, transfer students are accepted mid-term or start-of-term. Beginning Kindergarten students may start at any new term.
- Our school day is 8-hours and our terms begin July (Summer School & Year round), August (Traditional Calendar), October, January & April.
- Before/After-school Programs and Day Camps during the 3-week breaks are available.
Renaissance Preparatory Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in South Carolina for:
- Category Attribute
- Advanced Degrees Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees
|Grades Offered||Grades Kindergarten-9|
|Summer School Offered||Yes|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
Academics and Faculty
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||9 students|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$8,400|
|Tuition Notes||Tuition discounts available may drop this amount by up to 50%. Before and After school care and 3-week break day camps are extra.|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$5,000|
- PRIVATE SCHOOLS CHARGE TUITION. We are a private school and we charge tuition. We are NOT a faith-based private school but we do require respect for various U. S. religions. We are NOT a charter school or other public school so we do not have to meet the heavy testing load attached to governmental funding. We ARE a non-profit organization and do charge tuition and fees. These just cover our operational expenses. Because we are a non-profit program of the Social Good Fund, we can accept donations. Donations are especially important for supporting our financial aid. A majority of our students receive financial aid in the form of discounts from the full tuition price. Currently, average monthly tuition including disounts is about $500/month. Check out our web site for full details.
- ADVANCED CURRICULUM. We strive to have children engaged and challenged versus bored. Entering students are assessed and a customized foundation studies plan (their individualized learning engagement and activity plan or I-LEAP) is developed to help them fill any gaps to enable them to succeed in our advanced curriculum. Our English and Language Arts program has consistently, for the past half a century and across many schools, helped students to routinely score two grade levels about their enrolled level on standardized tests. Our math program is mastery-based and is often chosen as a gifted and talented math program since it allows students to move ahead at their own pace. Our teachers hold students accountable for learning according to their I-LEAP goals for the term.
- HONOR CODE-BASED DISCIPLINE APPROACH. Students learn the school honor code and how to use the honor code to guide their behaviors. Our Honor Code requires integrity and respect for diversity. Faculty remind students of the relevant lines of the honor code and coach them on appropriate behaviors. Our goal is to have honor code behaviors become their default. We also include instruction in common manners. Failure to make progress in either academics or in having behaviors aligned with the school honor code are reasons for being counseled to other programs. Because we use a mastery approach (not a spiral approach) plus having an advanced curriculum, most students transferring in have gaps. We allow students to continue to grow in high skill areas while they are filling gaps and learning new content.
- INTEGRATED THEME UNITS & PROMOTION BY COMPETENCE. Our school's mission includes eanbling children to learn to be the best that they can be. One step in meeting this goal is through our integrated theme units portion of our curriculum. Students daily apply their learning in integrated theme units focused either on an inquiry/problem, a project, or a performance deliverable. This is where students demonstrate what they have learned. These theme units rotate over a three-year time period giving all students multiple exposure to topics. Depth of content covered depends upon the age of the student. We require demonstrated skills for advancement to the next grade. This means passing tests but also doing well on the theme unit deliverables. Promotions occur at the start of the next term after a child earns it as indicated by their foundation skills only. Children with strong academic skills will move rapidly through our grades.
- WHY ENROLL IN RPA? The following student types will most benefit from our curriculum and teaching styles:
- > Young gifted and talented students (before public school testing)
- > Gifted and talented students who need additional help in behavior and/or communication skills
- > Students who need social interaction or communication skills developed
- > Bright students who excel in fewer than all areas
- > Students who have received any of the following comments from their teachers at the end of their first 9 weeks (or in the past)
- >> Child could have received a higher grade if applied him/herself
- >> Child earned A's on tests but failed to turn in homework
- >> Child is very social/active but needs to focus on academics
- > Your child does not pay attention in class but does well one on one
- > Students who have reported any of the following to their parents
- >> I'm bored.
- >> I already know how to do this (when referring to homework).
- >> I love recess the best. (We call these students, budding entrepreneurs!)
- > Students who have transformed from a happy child to a sullen child in a short period of time after being at school.
- > Students who display any signs of being bullied
- ATHLETICS AT RPA. We are the RPA Lions with school colors of royal blue and yellow. As we have sufficient students interested, we will join community and the independent school association athletic and academic competitions. We welcome to our school students who are engaged in high performance athletic teams (high competitive levels in baseball, volleyball, golf, gymnastics, dance, swimming, etc.). Our year-round approach often allows for students to still get their required school contact in while engaging in these competitive endeavors.
- SECURITY AT RPA. When visiting our campus, you will need to come in via the front lobby and sign in with our receptionist since these are the only unlocked doors during the school day. We have supervised playground times, before and after school times and supervised day camps during the 3 week breaks. Programs occurring at times beyond the school day are paid for separately from the school's tuition. For safety and school identity reasons, we have a school uniform (black, gray, Royal blue, yellow, white solids and a plaid). One week of uniforms typically costs under $200.
- ACCREDITATION, CREDENTIALS, AND QUALITY ASSURANCES. We are in our first year. All accrediting bodies require one year of operations before the school can be accredited. However, many detail accreditation requirements. For example, our language arts program is one way to demonstrate skill sets in the Spalding Method of reading and language arts instruction. Their accreditation requires that all teachers take a couple of classes in the methodology and that methodology is used for a year at the school. We are in the process of meeting the Spalding Method accreditation standard which will make us one of the few schools in the southeast region with this accreditation.The South Carolina Independent School Association is another accrediting body. It too requires certification of instructors and that the school be in operations for a year with a five year plan for the future. We have the five year plan, the resources and facility requirements and are in our year of operation before we can be accredited by the South Carolina Independent School Association.
- All of our teachers are credentialed and experienced. This means that they have individually met all of the standards set by the credentialing authority (usually a state department of education) to teach in the K-12 setting. Many of our teachers have multiple degrees and/or advanced degrees beyond the bachelors. Our teachers Aides are not credentialed but do have other useful certifications like first aid, CPR, etc.
- Additional quality assurances can be found in our structure and in our choice of curriculum. We routinely engage in review of our theme units and their impact. We adjust expectations given our set of students. As mentioned earlier, our our foundation curriculum has high standards and produces strong results. Finally, there is our testing program. Annually, we administer the Stanford Achievement Test to validate our educational processes.
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