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Causes: Charter Schools, Education

Mission: Public school in nyc (see mission statement attached)

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Alek A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son is in 5th grade and he has enjoyed learning and growing with such wonderful teachers: John, Daniela, Renee,and now Maribel. He loves being a Renaissance student because the teachers and the staff make him feel at home. As a parent is a rewarding experience seeing my child become a member of a larger community where he knows and is know by everyone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is thriving at this school for the past two years and we absolutely love it. He is currently in first grade he has been blessed to have John(amazing teacher the kind they make movies about)and Daniella (one of the nicest people you will ever meet) for the past two years and loves going to school every day. People at this school are kind and compassionate, everyone is on a first name basis which creates a family atmosphere. I can go on and on about the academics but you can see the test scores and graduation/college admission rates for yourself. I will tell you that when I drop off and pick up my happy child the older children attending the high school and upper grades are very respectful and are not dropping the f word every five minutes, they are helpful with the younger students and great role models, the kind of people you want your child to be surrounded by. We look forward to seeing our children continue to grow in this school. I hope this is helpful I just wanted to tell you something of the things that made an impression on me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our son has been in TRCS for 8 years since kindergarten. He has always been very happy in TRCS, friendly and small family like environment, but also challenged a lot after 5th gr. He always had good diverse friends even in different grades. We use only Japanese at home and have always appreciated TRCS teachers' understanding of bilingual situations. He, now, writes, reads, speaks in both languages and his third language is Spanish, which he has been learning at TRCS for 8 years.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My child has been happy at this school for almost 9 years. The school is a real and nurturing community. It is full of teachers who care about their students and do an amazing job at teaching.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter has been attending Renaissance since Kindergarten. She has always been very shy and Renaissance staff have helped encourage her to come out of her shell. Now 8 years later, she is more confident and has been an A student since Kindergarten. Every teacher has been phenomenal. In any other school she would have been lost in the shuffle. Getting in to TRCS was the best thing that could have happened. I have also had the opportunity to participate in the PTA leadership on multiple occasions. The staff is extremely helpful, the Principal is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met. Although no school is perfect, TRCS gets close.

Luis S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Getting my daughters in TRCS was the best thing I have done for their education so far. It is a great school ♥♥

Board Member

Rating: 5

I clearly remember when the Renaissance Charter School came into existence 20 years ago.Little did I know seven years ago that I would br raising a little girl. After pre-k I had few options. An application was submitted to The Renaissance Charter School. I KNEW that this school was the perfect school for my child. I also knew that I had to win a lottery. When I received a letter from TRCS I held my breath as I opened it. When I read that she was accepted I cried. I called a friend and told him that I hit Lotto.He asked me how much I won and I told him that I didn't win a penny;my girl was accepted at the Renaissance Charter School.The administration,staff and teachers are so caring and nurturing that I have committed myself to do whatever I can do to repay the school .I am a PTA member,parent representative on the Board of Trustees and I joined several committees. I also make the annual trek to Albany to support charter schools.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My child started attending this school recently and I have nothing but praise for the school so far. The school is a "public/charter school with a private school feel" - it is a small school where everybody knows everyone, the teachers and the staff seem to be up to date with the developments and training, there is a wide variety of activities for children within the curriculum and beyond (chess, dance, Spanish language, after-school programs, green garden on the roof), various workshops (ranging from "How to read to your child" to "How to talk to your child about sex"), plenty of opportunities for parental involvement, easy accessibility of the teachers and staff members. The school has a very diverse enrollment, a regular email newsletter with updates, as well as apparent heavy community involvement. It is a K-12 school and it has been my impression that the older students are helpful to, and protective of, the young ones, that resembles children's behavior in large families. My child is young but I would be surprised to hear about any reports of bullying or similar negative behavior. On the contrary, the students, even the young ones, are taught that bullying is not OK. Most importantly, my child comes back from school happy, and the effects of this school's education are visible.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GREAT School. I have 3 kids in the school and they really love it. Excellent programs and teachers, and a great learning environment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent school!!! My only son is at the Renaissance since 5th grade and he is now at 12th grade. It is a wonderful environment for your child to thrive and accomplish, and I feel very lucky that my son is graduating from this school. The teachers are very caring and professional and their programs are fantastic, especially the college bound program. My son was accepted in ALL the colleges he'd applied for and is going to the Dean Honor Program at Baruch, in NYC. This happened with very little involvement from my husband and I. I am immensely grateful.
Ruth W. Cohen

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EXELENT SCHOOL, AS A PARENT I WILL REALLY RECOMENDED THIS SCHOOL, NICE TEACHERS, NICE ENVIROMENT.

Gardenia O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

As a mother of 7th grade student I have to say that the renaissance is a school where everybody knows your name, warm place and most of all they care about students.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Renaissance Charter School is a warm, welcoming place where children of all abilities and backgrounds are celebrated and held to the highest academic expectations. It is a privilege to be associated with this excellent school.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TRCS is a wonderful, inspiring school! It is an honor to be a part of the Renaissance community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Renaissance Charter School has offered my daughter an incredible education so far. She has grown to respect intellectual challenges and to celebrate different cultures from her own. The teachers up to know (she is a 6th grader) have been extraordinary. They have been charismatic, interesting and nourishing. She has loved every one of them and has been a great institution for our family I can only recommend them very enthusiastically.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, NY is celebrating it's 20th Aniversary today, April 5, 2013 and there are many reasons to celebrate all of the individuals who have made this school happen, teachers, parents and students all of whom have contributed to the schools success. As a parent of a child in the school and a volunteer for many events I am able to see from the inside what makes this place so special. Great leadership, colaboration, respect, communication and great education are just few of the many things that make me and most of all my child happy. Innovative and always on the lookout to connect kids with diverse opportunities and experiences, The Renaissance Charter School is a place where just as the school's motto states - future leaders are developed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are so lucky to be collaborating with TRCS on developing a strong Young Filmmakers Program. I can not say enough about how professional the staff is, how healthy the communication is, how strong their vision is, how great it is to work with them. We appreciate them and feel that their support to our film festival and other local artists is an incredibly positive aspect of the Jackson Heights community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In a city that still cannot claim a 70% high school graduation rate, and public schools that are closing due to poor performance, The Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, NYC continues to graduate between 94-100% of its students year after year. And for the last 5 years, they have had 100% college acceptance. How can they do this? With a collaborative teaching model, where all stakeholders have a voice; with a great School Management Team; with innovative experiential learning opportunities for all students, grade K-12 and by forming wondering community partnerships. These partnerships have included Metropolitan Opera Guild, Children's Museum of Art, and the Noguchi Museum, as well as corporate support from Con Ed, Best Buy and others. Students have an opportunity to learn a musical instrument, play chess and even join the Future Farmers of America (Renaissance has a rooftop greenhouse). Located in the most diverse community in the country,Renaissance is truly a model school for New York City and 21st Century Education.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Congratulations to the Class of 2010! 100% of the students who applied to college were accepted to institutions which include: Academy of Arts, Barnard, Binghamton, Borough of Manhattan CC, Boston University, Brandeis, Brooklyn, Franklin & Marshall, Hunter, John Cabot University (Rome, Italy), Lehman, Music Institute-College of Contemporary Music, New York University Stern School of Business, Pomona, Pratt, Queens, Queensborough CC, Skidmore, Vassar, and Wellesley. In the fall approximately 72% of our graduates will be attending four year institutions and 28% will be attending two year programs. The Renaissance Charter School (“Renaissance”) is a K-12 public charter school located in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. Our mission is to foster educated, responsible young leaders who through their own personal growth will spark a renaissance in New York.

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