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Renaissance Secondary breaks ground

New charter school expected to open in Fall 2017

CASTLE ROCK – A large group of eager parents and students gathered to break ground at the future site of Renaissance Secondary, Douglas County School District’s newest charter school, which is expected to open next fall.

The founding families who gathered to celebrate the milestone for Renaissance Secondary say it will be no ordinary school. At the groundbreaking ceremony on September 28, architect Peter Ewers shared his infectious enthusiasm about how the design will compliment the school’s unique culture and commitment to sustainability.

The facility, which is located a short distance from the Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Magnet School, near Trail Boss Lane and Black Feather Trail, includes an exterior climbing wall that will exemplify and support the school’s Adventure Education program, which is intended to prepare each student for life outside school through challenge, shared experience, and reflection. A central, open courtyard will give students access to the emotional and cognitive benefits of a connection to nature. Similarly, exterior walkways to classrooms will encourage students to go outside…rain, snow, or shine. Designs at the base of the interior and exterior fireplaces reflect the Circle of Courage.

The small school’s strong culture of active participation will be facilitated through flexible spaces that will promote collaboration within and among crews. A circular Welcome Center, symbolizing a drum circle, will display student art as well as other work products resulting from the project-based and art-integrated approach to learning.

The facility builders, JHL Constructors, will leverage their considerable experience delivering charter schools in Colorado to get the building completed for the arrival of students in Fall 2017. Members of the community follow the construction progress at www.rssbuildingcrew.com.

WATCH: Families celebrate the groundbreaking of Renaissance Secondary

To learn more about the personalized, challenging, and authentic learning at Renaissance Secondary School, please visit www.RenaissanceSecondary.org.

Applications are being accepted for the 2017-18 school year for students entering grades 7-10/

Information Sessions are scheduled at 6pm October 19 and November 10 at Renaissance Elementary Magnet School, 3960 Trail Boss Lane in Castle Rock.

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2125079541050411/

Applications received by November 11, 2016 will be entered into a lottery, should applications exceed capacity. Renaissance Secondary School is already seeing high levels of interest and demand. The school will open in August of 2017 with grades 7-10 and will add a grade level each year until 2019, when it will be at full capacity with grades 7-12.

October 17, 2016 | By rmbarber | Category: Charter Schools

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