Alternative Programs (Grades 6-8)
The Renaissance Academy offers students in grades 6-8 a comprehensive instruction that merges life skills necessary for success in the 21st century with existing Virginia Beach City Public Schools curricula. Students can expect a rigorous academic curriculum which promotes the development of self-determination, responsibility, and integrity in a learning environment that fosters in each individual a sense of self-esteem and importance to society. The innovative educational environment provides flexible learning opportunities to support student success. Age-appropriate direct intervention that addresses student social-emotional behavior concerns will be provided using character education components. Leadership skills fundamental to student achievement are embedded throughout the curricula.
Students are recommended for placement by school administrators, parents, or the Office of Student Leadership. An individualized plan for each student, the Alternative Contract for Excellence (ACE), is designed collaboratively by academy staff, parents, and the student to ensure that each student meets his/her educational goals. Multiple instructional options support seamless student transitions to additional programs within Renaissance Academy or in a comprehensive school.
Middle School Academic Program
The Renaissance Academy Middle School Academic Program is specifically designed to build on students’ strengths with the ultimate goal of remediating their academic needs through rigorous and relevant instruction. This environment provides students the individualized attention and focused assistance they need based on their individual academic needs. The program operates as a school within-a-school and focuses on developmental needs with the ultimate goal of grade level performance. Students are afforded the opportunities to form supportive relationships with fellow students and staff, given the small class sizes of 15 students or less.
For additional information on the referral process, contact the Renaissance Academy at 757-648-5911.