Our mission at the Renaissance Arts Academy is to ignite in our students, through the arts and rigorous arts-infused academics, the enduring passion, creativity and intellectual curiosity that will empower them to affect positive change in our dynamic, intercultural society.
Renaissance Arts Academy, ra2 is a college preparatory arts focus small high school at Marshall Campus. We believe in student-centered learning that challenges students to grapple with relevant issues. Students are expected to take 4 years of English, 3-4 years of Math, 3 years of Science, 3 years of Social Studies, Spanish, Health/Wellness, and art electives that fulfill their Pathways requirement. Arts offerings will include Painting/Drawing, Ceramics, Photography, Music, Video Production, and Dance.
Daily attendance, developing a strong work ethic, thinking critically, and making a positive contribution to our safe learning environment are expected of all students. Crew /Advisory ensures that each student is known well by at least one adult. Students also have a variety of performance/exhibition opportunities throughout the year. Our goal is that each ra2 graduate is fully prepared for college, professional training opportunities, and appreciates serious training in the visual and performing arts.
Dual Credits offered to both juniors and seniors. Senior Inquiry is team taught with a Portland State University professor, and students may earn 15 college credits. U.S. History is taught using a Portland Community College curriculum and students may earn 12 college credits.
STEP UP (Grades 9, 10) supports student to complete high school and attend college. Adult advocates mentor and tutor students after school M -Th.
AVID is an elective class (grades 9-12) that prepares students in the middle (GPA: 2.0-3.5), to attend and successfully complete a four year college. Students receive daily support with organization, note taking, and tutoring that enables them to understand core content in greater depth.
Leadership is a class open to all students in good standing and is designed to develop personal leadership skills and an understanding of group processes in a democratic society. Students plan and run Recognition Assemblies, Career Days, and other special school events. The goal is constructive activism and empowered student voice.
CREW/Advisory fosters close student-teacher relationships. Over four years, students will be mentored and known well by a faculty advisor who assists them in realizing their academic and artistic goals. Advisory encourages personal voice, citizenship, community building, and helps students create a plan for college and/or career options.
Student Led Conferences In November, all students present their Portfolio of “Best Work” to their parents/guardians and their Advisory teacher.
Tutorial Support or “Homework Club” is provided for 9th and 10th graders in English and Math.
Senior Passages are a celebration of four years of academic study and involvement in school life. This culminating activity is where seniors prepare and give a public presentation of their “Best Work” Portfolio.
Renaissance Arts Academy Partners include Oregon Small Schools Initiative (OSSI)/Employers for Education Excellence (E3), Employer Advisory Committee, Writers in the Schools (WITS), Portland State University, Portland Community College, Lewis & Clark, Reed College, New Space Photography, KBOO Radio, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland Art Museum, Catlin Gable, and Oregon Ballet Theatre
Academics(Curriculum aligned with State of Oregon Standards, Portland Public Schools’ Board Policy, and Oregon University System entrance requirements):
- Language Arts 9-12 including Senior Inquiry and Creative Writing
- Mathematics through Calculus
- Social Studies including dual credit U.S. History, and Psychology
- Science including Anatomy & Physiology
- Physical Education/Health Wellness
- Spanish and German
- Painting/Drawing, Ceramics, Photography, Yearbook, Choir, Music Production, Pulse of Portland Music Project/KBOO Radio, Video Production. Jazz, Tap, and Theatre
- Advisory and AVID
Support Services (English as a Second Language and Special Education):
- Sheltered ESL instruction provides students with an opportunity to increase their skills in English. ESL students also participate in a variety of mainstream classes.
- Special Education students receive a variety of services as determined by their Individual Education Plan.
These services include additional support in Math and English, small group instruction, and full inclusion.