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Renaissance Academy engages students in the world around them as they set goals, develop skills, and explore areas of passion. We know that people who can creatively solve problems, work collaboratively with a diverse population, communicate with precision and clarity, and think critically using logic and reason will be successful under any circumstances.

That’s why we have embraced PBL and a developmental approach that respects students’ intellectual, social, and emotional development. In our K-8 school, students are placed in teams where genuine differentiation is taking place with students working in centers and with partners on work that challenges them. The student experience is at the center of our work and is guided by the belief that learning is fun and rewarding and school is a great place to be!

The only way to bring our vision to life is with committed people who love kids and are as excited about learning as their students. We know this doesn’t happen when you work in isolation so we have dedicated time every day for colleagues to work together as teams. Our instructional day ends early on Wednesdays to provide dedicated time to weekly ongoing professional development initiatives. We have high expectations for our teachers because we believe that they know their students best, so we involve them in critical decision making, provide them with the resources they need, embrace great ideas and leadership, and celebrate the results of the hard work our teachers are engaged in day in and day out. Staff come together to create a caring atmosphere that supports growth as a team member and as a professional.

RPSA is a public charter school that opened in 1996. In that time, it has enjoyed Reward school status from the Michigan Department of Education as well as increasing enrollment and respect in the community. RPSA values and builds upon its relationships with community partners like the Saginaw-Chippewa Tribe, Keepin’ It Local in the 989, and Kids Hope Mentoring. These partnerships, along with a board of directors that supports PBL and teachers through their strategic planning and budgeting, make Renaissance Public School Academy a truly different and rewarding place to work.