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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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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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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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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

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

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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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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 Secondary

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Renaissance Secondary School emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration and creativity – skills that colleges and employers alike agree are essential to success. Led by Leader of Learning // Principal Debbie Rabideau, Renaissance Secondary School offers experiences for students to create meaningful, real-world connections that extend beyond classroom walls. “Renaissance Secondary School is a fundamentally different school where students are challenged to push themselves and reach beyond their current abilities,” said Ms. Rabideau. “Understanding that each student is their own unique individual with their own way of learning, RSS takes a personalized approach to meet students where they are academically while accounting for their individual interests and passions.” The Renaissance model utilizes best practices from research-based methods of Expeditionary Learning, Design Thinking, and Project Based Learning to achieve deeper levels of understanding of World Class Outcomes concepts and Colorado State Standards. Featuring deep studies of rich academic topics that cut across all disciplines – including the arts – students tackle complex, real-world issues with greater engagement and achievement. Student inquiry, critical thinking and craftsmanship are emphasized, and students present project results to their peers and the public. Other aspects of its culture set the school apart. Said Ms. Rabideau, “Our Adventure Education program challenges students physically and mentally to go outside of their comfort zones, which builds a culture of teamwork, perseverance and cooperation.” She added that there is a strong service learning component at RSS, differentiating it from many other secondary schools.

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School at a Glance
Strand: 
Design Thinking
Expeditionary Learning
Outward Bound
Project Based Learning
Attendance Line: 
(720) 689-6120
Principal: Debbie Rabideau
Calendar: RSS Calendar
9:00am - 4:25pm
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Now building at the interserction of Woodlands Blvd. and Black Feather Trail in Castle Rock.
interserction of Woodlands Blvd. and Black Feather Trail
Castle Rock, CO
United States
Principal Name: Debbie Rabideau
Strand: Design Thinking, Strand: Expeditionary Learning, Strand: Outward Bound, Strand: Project Based Learning
School Start Time: 9:00am
School End Time: 4:25pm

School Life

School Size: 
Small
Renaissance Secondary School is full for the 2017-18 school year. Admission for the 2018-19 school year will be managed through the DCSD "Open Enrollment" process. The application period for the "First Round" of enrollment is from November 1 - December 1. Please see the DCSD website for more information. (Search for "Open Enrollment" in the A to Z menu).
Open Enrollment Status: Lottery
Class Size Philosophy: 
Renaissance Secondary School is intentionally being planned to be smaller in size than the neighborhood middle and high schools. This smaller size will better accommodate the school’s unique focus on individualized learning. For the inaugural school year (2017-18), we have reached enrollment of 360 students in grades 6-10. For our middle school students, crews of 60 are divided into two team classrooms taught by one STEM teacher and one humanities teacher. For high school we have four teachers for 120 students; one science, one math, one language arts, and one social studies. We anticipate a total enrollment in the 2018-19 school year of 505 students in grades 6-11. In the 2019-20 school year, our enrollment will be 696 students in grades 6-12. Staffing will be increased accordingly to maintain a 1:30 ratio.
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Innovation Spaces
Our state-of-the-art school was completed in August, 2017. Unique spaces in the school include an innovation lab, digital arts lab, outdoor courtyard with fireplace and climbing wall. Visit http://www.rssbuildingcrew.com for more information. The architect's description of this unique facility is below: The design and construction of the school echoes the core values of the Renaissance culture by emphasizing connections to nature and an appreciation for the environment. The school's Expeditionary learning philosophy is made visible through the architecture. The exterior climbing wall reflects the school's Adventure Education program, reinforcing education through challenging opportunities. The school wraps around an exterior courtyard, with hallways as an exterior loggia, encouraging constant interaction with the outdoors through rain, snow or shine. This emphasis and appreciation of nature gives students a place to experience the emotional and cognitive benefits of these connections. The circle, which is a symbol central to Renaissance culture, is found throughout the design of the building: the cylindrical double height form of the Welcome Center, an inviting and generous space, contains the school's compass logo and is visually reminiscent of the drums used during student led meetings. The crew rooms and crew commons areas were designed to encourage the group and project based learning of Renaissance. The locations and arrangement of the crew rooms maximize natural lighting and views out to the landscape, and the high ceilings, large volumes, and visible structure help create an open and transparent environment. These spaces promote collaboration within and among crews.
Tech Lab
ACADEMICS AT RENAISSANCE SECONDARY - Renaissance Secondary School offers an innovative educational program emphasizing critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity – skills that colleges and employers agree are essential to success. A Renaissance education is: Authentic – real-world connection offers meaning beyond the walls of the classroom Challenging – pushes students to reach and stretch beyond their current abilities Personalized – meets students where they are academically and accounts for student interests and passions The Renaissance model utilizes best practices from research-based methods to offer an innovative and challenging academic program. Project Based Learning, Expeditionary Learning and Design Thinking offer high levels of student engagement and achievement through active interdisciplinary learning. Our program emphasizes student inquiry, critical thinking and the craftsmanship required to create high-quality products. Students do original research, often guided by experts from the field, and present their results to both peers and the public. Hallmarks of the educational experience include: Learning Expeditions — deep studies of rich academic topics—are a primary means of organizing and delivering the educational program, cutting across disciplines, including the arts. Learning Expeditions are inquiry based, integrated through core content areas, and differentiated based on student needs and interests. Exploratory Blocks (X-Blocks) — Elective courses based around student interests and passions. Students may choose from a large range of academic, athletic, or arts-inspired subjects such as chess, yoga, sculpture, fencing, sports, circus arts, Model United Nations, or archery to name a few. Adventure Education — Based on principles that guide Outward Bound, Adventure Education (through voyages) pushes students physically, socially, and emotionally. Often when they think they’ve reached their personal limits, they find there is more within them. Students master skills – both personal and interpersonal- that transfer to the classroom, to the larger community and to life. Service Learning — Activities that involve students in community service and encourage students to apply the experience to personal and academic development. Arts Integration — The arts will be integrated into nearly everything students do in their projects. Students will learn the design process, graphic design, fine arts, performing arts, and more through the integrated projects they will do. A Renaissance Secondary education will lead to a deep understanding of concepts represented by the World Class Outcomes and Colorado State Content Standards. Renaissance Secondary prepares students for success in college and life with a toolkit of 21st century skills.
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Advisement
Advisory Crew is a daily meeting of students with an adult faculty advisor. Advisory time may be comprised of team building activities, academic follow up and planning with an advisor, peer meeting, mentoring, academic and social support. Advisory programs promote students feeling “connected” to responsible and caring adults and peers. They can become a platform for personalized and meaningful social, emotional, civic learning and dispositions that will support school and life success.
School Outdoor Ed
Outdoor Ed Location: 
Our Adventure Education program utilizes facilities in Colorado and beyond. Renaissance Secondary School has an adventure education program in which all students will participate.
Student Wellness
School-Level
The Renaissance culture cultivates high standards of character in all members of the school community. Self discipline, self-reflection, and character-oriented qualities like empathy, integrity, beneficence, stewardship, and perseverance are integrated into learning experiences and targeted in a variety of ways. These include service projects, team-building adventures, and public demonstrations of learning – such as student-led conferences – which teach students to take responsibility for the quality of their work and for the habits of mind and behavior that created the work.
District-Level: Prevention & School Culture
Implemented Student Wellness & Prevention Framework
Strong School Culture The school has a strong program of character education embedded into the culture of the school, including an emphasis on service learning appropriate to students’ development and grade level, developing students as principled, caring young people who take action as a consequence of their learning. The school’s motto, “We are crew, not passengers” embodies the ethos that each student is expected to actively participate in his/her learning and to help others in their pursuits.
Sustainability
Bike/Walk/Ride to School
Renaissance Secondary encourages families to carpool to and from school. We will use online tools to facilitate ride sharing for families. Our Adventure Education program embodies the philosophy of "Leave No Trace Behind." Plans are underway to start composting at school and recycling containers are found throughout the school.
Composting
RSS will have a recycling and composting program.
Energy Conservation
The sustainable design and construction of the building reiterate the core values of Renaissance. The building is designed to be photovoltaic ready, creating an opportunity for the building to be net zero in the future. All lights are LED resulting in far less energy used. We have created healthy interiors through the use of natural light, fresh air, using materials with low VOC's, and providing views to nature help keep occupants productive and happy.
Recycling
RSS has a recycling programming and composting is coming soon!
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Renaissance Secondary School is a public, charter school with an Expeditionary Learning and Project Based Education focus. The school opened to its inaugural class of 360 students in grades 6-10 in August, 2017. We will add one grade per year after the 2017-18 school year, serving grades 7-12 by Fall, 2019.
Calendar: Other
Schedule: 
Students at Renaissance Secondary move through their day a little differently than at most other middle and high schools.
Rather than moving from one class or subject at short intervals, Renaissance Secondary features longer, more flexible blocks of time that allow students to “dig deep” into a project or skill. The crew spaces are designed to flexibly promote collaboration within and among crews, so students spend less time negotiating hallways and more time learning to solve real-world problems. Students start and end their day in a crew space for Advisory (a meeting of students with an adult faculty advisor) and have 1-2 elective courses (physical, academic, or arts-based) each day. Due to a slightly longer school day, students have more time to meet their personal needs and 45 minutes to eat lunch. As students travel through the school, they benefit from the emotional and cognitive effects of a connection to nature through open exterior walkways and a central, open courtyard.
9:00am - 4:25pm
Student Dress
Dress Code
Renaissance Secondary School believes in the value of allowing students to express themselves through appropriate students dress. There is no school uniform at RSS.
Time Allotment
Lunch: 
45 Minutes - Daily
Students will be able to purchase lunch or bring their own lunch. Our ample 45-minute lunch time includes a mid-day break ("recess").
Information Technology
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
RSS allows students to bring their own devices such as cell phones, tablets, and laptops for school use. RSS expects students to demonstrate responsibility in their use. Students have access to chromebooks if they do not bring their own and have access to a digital arts lab with high end computers.
Support Staff
Professional Learning Specialist
Steve Jenkins serves as the school's "Facilitator of Innovation," a role that many neighborhood schools call "PLS."
Psychologist
Renaissance Secondary School employs a part-time school psychologist to attend to student needs.
Social Worker
Renaissance Secondary School employs a full-time school social worker to attend to student needs.

Support Services

Transportation
Transportation
As a charter school, DCSD student transportation is not provided to our school.

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.

Parent Involvement

Average Annual Volunteer Hours Donated: 
3,500
Parents involved in the chartering process have already donated over 3,500 hours to establish Renaissance Secondary School. We encourage families to be involved with our school and have set an expectation of 40 hours annually per family (for those with one student at RSS) or 60 hours annually (for those with multiple students).
School Accountability Committee
The School Accountability Committee (SAC) is an advisory committee that advises the principal on school performance, budget priorities and parental engagement. The purpose of the committee is to inform, encourage and provide opportunities for parent and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school’s instructional program and quality improvement processes. Each SAC is comprised of parents, community members, principals and teachers. As a new charter school, our SAC officers were elected in September, 2017. Visit the RSS website for meeting times and locations.
Parent Teacher Organization
Parent Crew is dedicated to supporting the Renaissance Secondary educational experience and culture of crew – and to providing opportunities for all segments of the community to actively contribute to the life of the school.
PTO: Meeting Times: 
Anyone is welcome to attend! Whenever possible, meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. Unless otherwise stated, meeting will be held at 6 pm at Renaissance Secondary School.