Tuition: Due to tuition-free School of Choice funding that is available for both homeschool and Hybrid students, many Renaissance Academy (RA) families have a $0 or low self-pay balance for tuition each year.
Other Costs: Other out of pocket costs are minimal and vary depending on the family's enrollment type, number of classes per student, etc.
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No. Renaissance Academy is not a co-op. We are a drop-off program with paid teachers who are experts in their subject area as well as classroom instruction.
There is a $100 per family fee each school year to cover the costs of critical on-site jobs (such as morning set-up, lunch supervision, and afternoon take-down) that must be completed in order for our program to run.
Parents who enroll before June 1st and would prefer to commit to personally completing their family's portion of site jobs (rather than submit the $100 fee for the school year) may request to be scheduled for Site Assistance assignments a few times a semester.
Neither! One of our primary reasons for creating Renaissance Academy (in 2013) was to have a blended group of families that is truly welcoming to all. We strive to keep curriculum and content as neutral as possible. If you've ever wondered "Why can't we all just get along?" we're happy to report that we can!
We have always been and continue to be a "no drama" group. In that spirit, we ask that personal beliefs of others (whether religious, political, social, etc.) be respected. Our program is not the venue for personal platforms and no one should be pressuring another regarding differing viewpoints in any direction.
We have a significant focus on character, personal responsibility, and being respectful and kind toward others. This is expected of students, parents, teachers, staff, and any others involved with our program.
For students, we have high (age appropriate) expectations for behavior and homework completion. Parents assist students, as needed, to ensure that homework is completed in a timely manner and to the best of the student's ability.
Renaissance Academy is known for being a structured, organized, well-run program, all while having lots of love and compassion for our students and their families. When making decisions, we consider how the decision will impact all families as well as teachers and big picture considerations so that we can serve students well for both the short and long term.
Our incredible teachers and wide variety of high quality classes have a reputation of being among the very best in our area. We encourage you to review our teachers' bios as well as the course descriptions for our classes.
Overall, we've found that having high expectations plus high quality classes has led to happy group where students can learn, have fun, make friends, and thrive!
For our homeschool program, there is a 4 class minimum*, per student, per semester.
We've found that the 4 class minimum is critical in the students making friends and building community. Being together with the same group of students each week for a solid block of time makes a world of difference in the feel of the group as well as the experience for individual students. We strive to go beyond "socialization" and instead focus on connectedness.
For our Hybrid program, all students have a 6 class minimum with Renaissance Academy (RA) each semester. Students attend on Tuesday AND Thursday (9am-1:25pm) for their 4 core classes. Students also have at least 2 electives* with us.
Yes, we do! Our wonderful parents often organize these events.
For our homeschool program (RHG) elective classes, many of our students are advanced and find that the multi-age grade groupings and hands on activities provide enough differentiation for advanced learners to go further. In extremely rare cases, if a student is advanced socially, emotionally, and academically and truly does not fit in their grade by age, grade advancement (of one grade level, maximum) can be considered after the student has been with us for at least one semester.
Hybrid (RHA) students are placed in core classes according to their age/related grade level. If needed for an advanced student, parents are able to provide differentiated curriculum on at home days. If you have an advanced student and are interested in Hybrid, we're happy to connect with you regarding your child after you have attended a general info meeting.
Parent initiated holdbacks of one grade level (maximum) are common for children whose birthdates are within 1-2 months of the State of Michigan cut-off date for their entrance year and are often possible for students whose birthdates are within 3 months of the cut-off date.
For students slightly past the 3 month window, holdbacks of one grade level (maximum) are sometimes possible for self pay classes but are typically not possible for School of Choice funded classes due to state requirements.
If you have questions after attending a General Info Meeting, please contact us regarding the specific needs of your student.
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