Academics

Curriculum

 

The Renaissance Academy Prep School for Boys provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum using ACSI (Purposeful design) curriculum as a basis for teacher instruction. We incorporate elements of Common Core and the Alabama Course of Study. Our instructors, Headmaster, Counselor, and Curriculum Coordinator work collaboratively to develop for each Achiever, an Achiever Learning Plan or ALP. This plan provides for instructors a means to create and deliver lessons that are conducive to the way each achiever learns. Our instruction also follows the Learning by Design, Backwards Planning, Project Based Learning, and Reciprocal Teaching curriculum’s. This allows for a more hands on learning approach that makes each achiever accountable and responsible for their own learning. Our juniors and seniors are also eligible to receive instruction in Construction Education through the Young Apprentice program.

 

Diploma Requirements

 

The Renaissance Academy Prep School for Boys adheres to the diploma requirements set forth by the Alabama State Department of Education. We offer the Standard, Advanced, and Advanced Honors diplomas. An additional requirement to graduate is 120 hours of community service.

 

Testing and Assessments

 

Besides the ongoing formal and summative assessments performed in the classrooms by our instructors, The Renaissance Academy Prep School for Boys uses Iowa Standardized Testing through Seton Testing Services, to measure achiever learning and mastery. Achievers will be assessed three times a year, twice in the fall and once  in the spring. The fall semester assessments allow us to analyze data that measures what the achiever has learned. The spring assessment is twofold, as it measures how the Achiever’s learning has progressed and how effective the teacher’s instruction has been. The data received from the Iowa Standardized Test allows the Board of Directors, Headmaster and Guidance Counselor to evaluate both achiever and teacher performance.

 

In addition, The Renaissance Academy Prep School for Boys requires that every achiever operate in a “Spirit of Excellence” according to Philippians 1:9-10 “And this I pray, that your love may abound (i.e., excel) still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (NET)

 

For this reason, our illustrious instructors begin preparing our Achievers for the American College Test (ACT) in the grade 7. Our Achievers begin taking the ACT in grade 8 and continue until they obtain a minimum score of 23. The taking of the ACT is a graduation requirement.

 

Class Size

 

Each class is equipped with a highly qualified teacher and has a maximum capacity of 15 achievers. As a result, our instruction is very intentional and intensive. We strive to guarantee academic success for our achievers.