Renaissance High School is one of Detroit’s premier high schools, offering a rigorous college preparatory curriculum within a unique college-like setting. The population of slightly more than 1100 students, in grades 9-12, represents a cross section of socio-economic backgrounds.
Renaissance has been recognized consistently by the State of Michigan as well as nationally as a “Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence.” Other honors include: 3-time Silver-Medal Rated School, according to U.S. News and World Report; one of America’s Best High Schools; Skillman Foundation’s “High Performing High School”; Gates Millennium Scholarship Winners (2010 & 2011); over $20,000,000.00 in scholarships awarded in 2010 & 2011; Perennial Academic Games Winner; World-Traveled Vocal & Instrumental Music Department.
New Student Orientation: Wednesday, May 28 4-7 p.m.
- Meet the principal and staff
- Meet teachers and current students
- Purchase RHS apparel
- Register for the Summer Bridge Program
- Confirm Completion of Enrollment
- Meet and interact with current parents
School of the Week: Renaissance High School
Posted on May 12, 2014
A ‘Renaissance State of Mind’
Confidence. Balance. Intellectual superiority. Exposure. And above all others: Prepared.
According to three talented students who attend Renaissance High School on the city’s west side, if the ‘Renaissance State of Mind’ had to be summed up in five phrases, these may suffice.
Notably ranked as the No. 1 high school academically within Detroit Public Schools; the No. 1 high school in the City of Detroit, according to U.S. News and World Report; and the No. 35 ranked high school overall in the state — Renaissance is “a pretty big deal.”
“When you come to Renaissance High School, you will be prepared for college,” said Treasure Roberts, a senior who has secured more than $60,000 in scholarships and plans to attend Michigan State University in the fall to double major in finance and broadcast journalism. “I will go into college like, ‘ahhh this is nothing really’ because Renaissance has given me the amount of work (comparable) to college. At Renaissance, you have homework every day. And you have to learn how to balance that with afterschool activities. So I’m prepared. I’m really prepared for college and my career because of Renaissance.”
After transferring from a charter school to attend Renaissance in the ninth grade, Roberts said she immediately noticed “Renaissance did things differently.”
“Everyone is very open and helpful. The small population allows for one-on-one interaction, and I feel like my teachers and counselors have made it their mission to make sure I succeed,” Roberts said. “This is why I’m going to a wonderful college and why I’ve been able to receive scholarships—because of the help I’ve had in mentors here at Renaissance.”
In 2013, Renaissance students earned more than $24 million in scholarships adding to the district’s overall total of $146 million in scholarships and grants. This year’s total hasn’t been finalized, but Principal Anita Williams is confident it will exceed last year’s amount.
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French, German, Spanish, Advanced Placement/Honors Courses, Macro/Micro Economics, Chemistry, Calculus, Psychology, Studio Art, Nationally Recognized Dance Program, Robotics/Science Clubs, National Honor Society, Foreign Language Clubs, Student Government, Business Partnerships
After an exhaustive search, both nationally and locally, Anita Williams was selected as Renaissance High School’s principal. As a former assistant principal at Cass Technical High School, another premier Detroit public school, her skill-set as well as her vision for exceptional student achievement, were just what Renaissance needs to continue to provide a structured and nurturing learning and teaching environment that will produce exceptional student scholars for years to come.
To preserve a premier high school and to nurture students with a mind for the future; to facilitate growth, change, and intellect; to create superior student achievers and lifelong learners who exceed expectations.
As a city-wide college preparatory school, our mission is to create a community designed to develop future citizens who will lead from a foundation of integrity in a highly technological, multicultural and global society.
Just like the mythical bird, Renaissance High School has the uncanny ability to be reborn from its own ashes. Year after year, despite graduating an outstanding senior class, it keeps developing another outstanding contingent of student scholars whose futures abound with unbridled potential. The school consistently meets its goals and sets academic standards that reflect the commitment of past and current students, parents and staff.