WOW! Time has flown by...
We had the open house in February (with enrollments for next year arising from that event!). Yes, it was a cloudy somewhat rainy day. But, people came out. We had folks from when we opened at 10 am until ... well, really, until we finished cleaning up and were on our way out! It was wonderful to see some of the current students present to visit with the visiting parents. It was also great because we had a couple of folks interested in working at RPA there also. I think a great time was had by all. This Early February event was followed by having a booth at the Women in Business Expo in Myrtle Beach towards the end of February.
feel free to contact, Ms. Delaney at the school, 854-925-0401!
I also was able to make an academic presentation about the school start up process at my conference, Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. It was held in Albuquerque, NM during March 6-10.
My full time job of teaching at CCU began with my teaching all of my class in the shortened term of Spring 2! I have been very busy teaching and grading since then. I also chatted a bit with a staff member there at CCU about research on happiness. She had a little quip on her office door about what makes for happiness and I decided to look into that a bit more. I found out that the longest research on adult happiness was done by Harvard. That study of over 75 years and 700+ people, found that close relationships are key to a long, healthy and happy life! A quick summary of his talk and 4 key lessons from it is available online (click here). It found that neither money
A happy childhood has very, very long-lasting effects.
nor success lead to a long happy healthy life... but rather having warm close relationships with others led to such a life. Those who had such warm loving relationships as children continued to have such relationships with others over the 3/4 of a century since! Yet again, support for our philosophy and design of our school.
Our small tutorial-like classes where students spend multiple years with the same loving enthusiastic teachers allows for the creation of close warm relationships. The family-sized classes allow for children to experience close sibling-like relationships. We wholeheartedly believe that this type of culture and our honor code which helps us establish and maintain this close supportive culture is one element which makes RPA unique and different from other educational options available in the area today. Since your child will spend most of their waking hours at school, isn't it the type of environment that you want for them too?!
Check out some more of what Robert Waldinger says on this Ted Talk! Heads up… its about 12 minutes long. FYI, relationship quality matters! Spoiler alert… Loneliness kills. Good friends at work and after work (those you can count on to help in tough times) make for a longer happier healthier lives.
We invite you to choose to become a part of our family at Renaissance Preparatory Academy!
Whew! The end of the term along with Thanksgiving and preparations for the winter break, which, in my case, means, preparations for Christmas; all conspired to keep me from blogging. I had thought about discussing the topics of our theme projects and showing how they align with common core, and, even more useful, practical life. I thought about reemphasizing how many of our boys and young men are slipping through the educational processes and ultimately not continuing their education at the same rate as our young women are. I thought about addressing the let down and disappointment that comes when our children are in a ill-fitting educational environment. But ultimately, I decided to share some of the highlights from these first two terms of the Renaissance Preparatory Academy!
Who knows? This time of year often causes a rethinking of where to have your child at school and this may encourage you to send your child to the Renaissance Preparatory Academy!
Is My Child at the Right School?
Because of this (mastery learning), students can finally master the concepts while building a growth mindset, grit, perseverance and taking agency over their learning.
Our parents can and do!
Today’s public school’s educational environment in South Carolina has been judged to be the next to last nationwide for teachers… The biggest reason why? The percent of teachers who have reported being threatened by students (Wilson, 2017)! If teachers feel threatened, what does that mean for your child in that same environment? Teachers leave the public school due to a wide range of issues which include lack of time to actually prepare and grade the large sized classes and high levels of disrespect both inside and outside of the classroom. This does not mean that South Carolina teachers are not striving and fighting to maintain some minimal standards. South Carolina had average SAT scores slightly above the national average (Bowers, 2017). Teachers, though, are failing to return to that environment and many leave education. Again, how do you think this impacts your child? Don't wait to make a difference in your child's education, take action now!
Call 843-800-0590 or use our contact us box to set up an appointment today!
Janice Black, Founder & Director School Board
Janice Black, Founder & Director of School Board
We did an extended field experience at Myrtle Beach State Park!
So, why do a relatively unpopular school calendar?
...Because it makes a difference in children's learning!
At the Renaissance Preparatory Academy, we are structured to help your child succeed and learn challenging curriculum well!
No holding kids back to keep them on track for a grade based on an age cohort!
New Term Starts Oct. 2... May Mean Grade Promotions For Some. Definitely means welcoming a new Kindergarten cohort (PreK who turn 5 by October 16 are welcome to enroll).
Children don't have to be perfect to promote but they do have to meet our higher standards (remember we are a classic college prep and have high standards for mastery... that's that 85%).
Founder's Blog by
Janice Black, Ed. Specialist,
Dr. Black is an active college professor in Entrepreneurship with a background in Education. Her scholarly publications have received over 1700 citations when the average professor rarely reaches 50 citations.
She is passionate about school reform that results in students prepared for college and entrepreneurial/ professional life.. She is initiating this school as a non-profit with no return on her investing funds and no payment for any services provided. She just wants to support the starting of a school that directly and indirectly supports the acquisition by our children beginning at kindergarten of knowledge skills and abilities needed for future entrepreneurs, future college students and future professionals.