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All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. Each of our schools provides programming for high-ability learners through a variety of programing practices, including curriculum compacting, content acceleration, and flexible and cluster grouping. For students whose needs are more intensive than can be met in the traditional classroom setting, the District offers the center-based Discovery Program.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the Gifted & Talented pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/gifted-and-talented.

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English Language Development

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers a English Language Development program.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. English learners are served through a variety of programming options based on their individual learning needs. Practices include collaboration, coaching, co-teaching, and direct English language development and content instruction.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the English Language Development pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/English-Language-Development.

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Literacy InterventionLiteracy Intervention

You have indicated that your student may require literacy support.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to their teachers or principal.

You can learn more about DCSD’s Literacy Intervention programming by visiting https://www.dcsdk12.org/educational-programming-and-services/literacy-in....

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Special Education

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers special education services.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners, including those who have Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plans.

Universal and targeted special education support and services are delivered at all school sites within the framework of moderate needs support and itinerant services. Itinerant services include mental health, speech-language, behavior support team, autism assessment and training team, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology, vision, deaf hard of hearing, and audiology.

Consistent with our mission of empowering all students to achieve world-class outcomes by providing specialized instruction & services, the Special Education Department also provides an intensive level of support in center-based programs for students who experience significant support needs, serious emotional disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, and autism. Center-based programming is designed to enable students to build the skills required to access and make progress in the general curriculum/environment to the fullest extent possible.

If you believe your student may require additional support, begin by speaking to a teacher or principal.

You can learn more about DCSD’s Special Education department by visiting https://www.dcsdk12.org/special-education.

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Gifted & Talented

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers gifted & talented programming.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. Each of our schools provides programming for high-ability learners through a variety of programing practices, including curriculum compacting, content acceleration, and flexible and cluster grouping. For students whose needs are more intensive than can be met in the traditional classroom setting, the District offers the center-based Discovery Program.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the Gifted & Talented pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/gifted-and-talented.

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English Language Development

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers a English Language Development program.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. English learners are served through a variety of programming options based on their individual learning needs. Practices include collaboration, coaching, co-teaching, and direct English language development and content instruction.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the English Language Development pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/English-Language-Development.

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Literacy InterventionLiteracy Intervention

You have indicated that your student may require literacy support.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to their teachers or principal.

You can learn more about DCSD’s Literacy Intervention programming by visiting https://www.dcsdk12.org/educational-programming-and-services/literacy-in....

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Special Education

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers special education services.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners, including those who have Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plans.

Universal and targeted special education support and services are delivered at all school sites within the framework of moderate needs support and itinerant services. Itinerant services include mental health, speech-language, behavior support team, autism assessment and training team, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology, vision, deaf hard of hearing, and audiology.

Consistent with our mission of empowering all students to achieve world-class outcomes by providing specialized instruction & services, the Special Education Department also provides an intensive level of support in center-based programs for students who experience significant support needs, serious emotional disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, and autism. Center-based programming is designed to enable students to build the skills required to access and make progress in the general curriculum/environment to the fullest extent possible.

If you believe your student may require additional support, begin by speaking to a teacher or principal.

You can learn more about DCSD’s Special Education department by visiting https://www.dcsdk12.org/special-education.

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Renaissance Elementary Magnet School

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We teach and reach the whole child through building relationships and culture - We Are Crew. Through our Adventure Education and the Arts we ask kids to take risks and to discover their passions and overcome limits. We promote the development of reflection and self-awareness at an early age. Our teachers and students design compelling and relevant studies involving current issues important to a students' life - we call these Learning Expeditions. Service to others is part of our vision. Renaissance Mission Statement: To empower students to explore, discover and understand the world around them and the passions within them. Who are...*creative, reflective, fulfilled individuals; *active, compassionate citizens; *courageous builders of a harmonious and sustainable world.

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School at a Glance
Strand: 
Environment Learning
Expeditionary Learning
Outward Bound
Home of the: 
Crew
Attendance Line: 
(303) 387-8002
Principal: Deborah Lemmer
Calendar: Modified
8:40am - 4:00pm
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2015 DCSD Apple Award: World Class Educator of the Year - Ms. Kathy, Renaissance Kindergarten Teacher
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School At A Glance

3960 Trailboss Lane
Castle Rock, CO 80104
United States
Phone: (303)387-8000
Fax: (303)387-8001
Principal Name: Deborah Lemmer
Mascot: Crew
Strand: Environment Learning, Strand: Expeditionary Learning, Strand: Outward Bound
School Start Time: 8:40am
School End Time: 4:00pm

School Life

School Size: 
Medium
Please see the 'Enrollment' page, under the 'About Us' tab on our website for more information.
Open Enrollment Status: Lottery
Class Size Philosophy: 
We have an average class size of 25 students.
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Garden
Our Garden is part of our OLE (Outdoor Learning Environment) and is run by different crews/grades each year.
Innovation Spaces
Renaissance is a World Class Library, partnering with the DLMC (District Library Media Center), it is a 21st century Learning Commons. Our library is not just a place to store and check-out books. The Renaissance Library: is staffed with a Highly Effective Teacher-Librarian, has support staff, maintains a flexible schedule, has a Teacher-Librarian collaborating with classroom teachers, has a Teacher-Librarian providing in-service training to other staff members, has larger and newer collections, includes digital resources, has more visits from students, has flexible learning spaces with flexible furniture, has technology available for learning, has collaborative spaces for different learning purposes, and, yes, our learning commons still has print books. Teacher-Librarians provide students with the resources they need for research and they teach the Information Literacy skills students need to be college and work-force ready. Library instruction is done in collaboration with what teachers are teaching in their classroom.
Library Media Center
See 'Innovation Spaces' for library information.
Schoolyard Habitat
The Outdoor Learning Environment is an extension of our traditional playground, providing students with a natural places for exploration, solace, and creative/unstructured play. OLE serves as an outdoor classroom, service learning site, and natural schoolyard.
Resources
School Outdoor Ed
Outdoor Ed Location: 
Voyages are taken at different locations, depending on grade level.
Full-Day Kindergarten
Sustainability
Composting
Energy Conservation
Recycling
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Magnet schools are free public elementary and secondary schools of choice that are operated by school districts. Magnet schools have a focused theme and aligned curricula. Magnet schools are typically more “hands on – minds on” and use an approach to learning that is inquiry or performance/project based. They use state, district, or Common Core standards in all subject areas, however, they are taught within the overall theme of the school. Most magnet schools do not have entrance criteria, but rather, embody the belief that all students have interests and talents that families and educators believe are better cultivated in a magnet school. They often use a random lottery system for admission. Diversity is an important element of a magnet school. Since student interest in a theme is the only eligibility criteria to attend a magnet school, students from a wide array of backgrounds attend magnet schools. As a result, they promote higher level cognitive and social learning. Magnet schools make the extra effort to create a sense of classroom and school community and cultivate school spirit. Curriculum is also clear and transparent for families so they can more fully engage in the learning of their students.
Calendar: Modified
8:40am - 4:00pm
Time Allotment
Art Allotment: 
Crews rotate through Art for one week during a four-week rotation.
Lunch: 
20 Minutes - Daily
Students are given 20 minutes for Lunch.
Music Allotment: 
Crews rotate through Music for one week during a four-week rotation.
Physical Education Allotment: 
Crews rotate through PE for one week during a four-week rotation.
Recess: 
20 Minutes - Daily
Each Crew has 20 minutes for recess, right after lunch. Some teachers choose to have 'brain breaks' during the day; this is in addition to lunch recess.
Information Technology
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
Personally Owned Devices are allowed once the student and parent/guardian sign a 'Bring Your Own Device' permission form.
Support Staff
Professional Learning Specialist
Professional Learning Specialist (formerly BRT, Building Resource Teacher) is the teacher responsible for professional development in the school. The PLS works closely with the Principal and helps guide teachers.

Support Services

Before & After School (BASE)
BASE
Promoting the safety, well-being, and development of every child while partnering with schools and community to be the best choice for families.
Nutrition Services
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3

Personalized Learning

Meeting the Unique Needs of All Learners

The Douglas County School District is dedicated to serving a full continuum of learners, where students feel safe, valued and connected in order to reach their highest potential.

English Language Development

ESL specialists and content teachers make instructional decisions to ensure that English Language development and content learning occurs throughout the school day.

Gifted and Talented

Gifted education contact will collaborate and/or consult with classroom teachers to appropriately extend the content for identified gifted learners.

Literacy Intervention

Content teachers and literacy interventionists collaborate to provide specialized reading and writing support.

Health Services

Providing for the needs of students with an emphasis on those with health challenges, so that all students have an equal opportunity to excel.

In a multi-tiered system of support, Health Services provides:

  • Medical training and support to school personnel
  • Prevention efforts for communicable diseases
  • Advocacy for students with health concerns
  • Implementation of accommodations so students can focus on learning, including case management for students with intensive care needs

School nurses are healthcare connectors who keep students in classrooms, ready to learn.

Special Education

Universal and targeted special education support and services are delivered at all school sites within the framework of moderate needs support and itinerant services. Itinerant services include mental health, speech-language, behavior support team, autism assessment and training team, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology, vision, deaf hard of hearing, and audiology.

Consistent with our mission of empowering all students to achieve world-class outcomes by providing specialized instruction & services, the Special Education Department also provides an intensive level of support in center-based programs for students who experience significant support needs, serious emotional disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, and autism. Center-based programming is designed to enable students to build the skills required to access and make progress in the general curriculum/environment to the fullest extent possible.

Personalized Learning
Discovery

School Performance

State Testing
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

Math

Third grade: 88% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 86% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 90% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 79% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Third grade: 91% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 80% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 94% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 95% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Third grade: 64% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 66% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 75% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 68% Proficient and Advanced

Parent Involvement

Average Annual Volunteer Hours Donated: 
12,000
We welcome the involvement of all parents and members of the community who want to support our school. There are over 25 “leads” who take charge of programs and activities for REA (our parent organization). There are opportunities to work alone or in pairs, or to work on a committee for a larger event or fund raiser. There’s really something for everyone -- opportunities for those who want to spend a weekend once or twice a year helping with maintenance for our Outdoor Learning Environment, working parents who want a project they can do from home working solo, coaching one of our running clubs, serving or heading a fund raising event committee or sub-committee. The REA website features a Volunteer Hours log and we encourage you to report the time you spend helping out. Every hour adds up - THANK YOU to all who volunteer!
Frequency: 
Quarterly
Parent Teacher Organization
All parents are members of Renaissance Educational Alliance (REA), the parent organization for our school. Our main initiatives are to plan “crew building” events for the school, promote volunteering within the parent crew and raise funds to support our school. REA is a chapter of the Douglas County Educational Foundation (DCEF).
PTO: Frequency: 
Monthly