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Renaissance School Photo #1 - Creativity. Collaboration. Critical Thinking.
Renaissance School provides intellectually and artistically motivated high ability high school students with an interdisciplinary learning environment that integrates the arts, humanities, and sciences.
Renaissance School offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that readies students for lives of scholarship and artistic expression.
We foster the scholastic and artistic excellence of our students by nurturing an academic, ethical, and collaborative community of learners.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Students: 50 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $20,500
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

Renaissance School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for:

Category
Attribute

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 8-12
Year Founded
1999

Student Body

Total Students
50 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
Students by Grade
Renaissance School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
18 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
3:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
76%
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
1312
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Renaissance School offers tuition assistance for families with demonstrated need.
% on Financial Aid
52%
Admissions Director
Eric Swartzentruber

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Baking Club, Chess Club, Debate Club, Model General Assembly, Model UN, Student Government

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Sneaux Club

School Notes

Renaissance School excels at serving the unique needs of high ability students. Our flexibility in tailoring the academic experience to the individual student means that we regularly:
  • Accelerate and enrich student learning in areas of strength
  • Facilitate dual enrollment in college courses at UVA, PVCC, and other national and international schools
  • Plan individual student class schedules around competitive or pre-professional practices in arts, athletics, or other domains
  • Support twice exceptional students with existing IEPs that play to their strengths while building necessary skills
  • Promote student-driven learning through Academic Distinction and Independent Study programs
Our objective is to support each student in achieving their academic goals. Students meet weekly with a faculty advisor and mentor, and at least once a semester one-on-one with the Head of School or the Academic Dean to discuss academic goals and plans. We have clubs, learning labs, tutors, guided focused studies among the many tools at students` disposal to strengthen core skills and stretch to new heights. A motivated student will find no limits at Renaissance School.

Renaissance School serves students who are curious and who like to learn. Our learners have unique talents and needs, so we target enrollment of just 15-20 new students per year. Maintaining an appropriate level of challenge for high ability students is only possible with both flexibility and a high faculty-to-student ratio, and that is our goal. A "small school" is not for every student, but it is the perfect environment for students who like to learn and who are good at it. We have many students who are achieving at the highest level in their fields, including but not limited to:
  • One of only 45 World Science Scholars, worldwide
  • One of only 12 22x20 Civics Interns, nationwide
  • One of only two high school teams to be invited to pitch to the UVA Darden School of Business iLab
  • One of only two published BioTrek student scientist teams in Virginia
  • Multiple Jefferson Scholar finalists
  • Multiple festival award-winning filmmakers
  • Multiple English Speaking Union Shakespeare Monologue Contest-Winners
  • Multiple elite student art portfolios
  • Multiple elite athletes in golf, equestrian sports, fencing, and other sports

In fact, Renaissance School was the Niche #1 High School for the Arts in Virginia for 2019. We are here to guide our students towards excellence in all of the areas that motivate them. We encourage all students who are creative, passionate about learning, and willing to work hard to apply. Standardized testing does not always adequately identify ability, especially if students are highly gifted, twice exceptional, multilingual, think originally, or have unique personal or cultural circumstances - all of which are characteristics that describe students we are proud to call RHS alumni.
Profile last updated: 09/23/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
As a former parent (and a former board member), I can only praise Renaissance School. It couldn't have prepared our child better for college. Not only was he academically ready, but he was also sufficiently independent to be able to take advantage of the offerings of a mid-size university in a large city. We credit Renaissance which provides both substantial independence and a nurturing and challenging environment. Its size allows for truly personalized education, with substantial opportunities for community engagement and extracurriculars. Students can follow their passions and will find themselves supported by teachers and fellow students. And the best part, every year Renaissance gets better: new opportunities, new courses. The school never stops innovating.
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5  
Six years after my son`s graduation from Renaissance, I still think regularly of the positive impact the school had on his life at a time when he was really struggling. Starting with school head Sara Johnson, the staff made an incredible effort to support and inspire my son, to *know* him. He loved being treated like an adult - for example, being allowed to enroll in an advanced language class at UVA and ride the free trolley to class a couple of days a week - and his mother and I loved that that freedom came with the responsibility of taking care of business academically. A perfect anecdote about the Renaissance experience: my son has never had much love for math; and one year he complained daily that his math teacher would not leave him alone. "He pesters me during my free periods! He`s always asking to help me with the homework!" Well, the teacher recognized that my son was struggling and did all he could to come to his aid. There was no reason he needed to do this, and I imagine it was not much fun for him dealing with all that teen angst. But he cared enough about my son to do it anyway. By the end of the semester, my son was singing his praises - and he did well in the class! So my son who barely survived 8th grade ended up at Bard College where he pursued his love of languages, art, and music. He lives in New York City now, where he teaches art and has participated in several gallery shows. I always think of him as a Renaissance man- and I know who to thank for that!
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Students: 50 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $20,500
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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