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Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning
400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish, WA 98074 | 425 936-1544
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Our Mission
Renaissance was founded in 2006 by teachers who envisioned an engaging and challenging academic environment that would meet the needs of middle school students.

 

The Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning is a Lake Washington School District "Choice School" serving 7th through 9th grade students. Students develop in an environment of artistry, rigor and warmth. Students learn to think and act using multiple approaches and perspectives. Students are known and nurtured as important individuals who have an active concern for their community and society.

 

 

The Renaissance environment supports the learning, achievement and agency of all learners through:

  • Critical thinking
  • Artistic development
  • Community building
  • Public alliance and contribution

Academic Learning and Reasoning Processes

Student learning is integrated around critical thinking themes:  Perception, Elaboration, Problem Solving, Creative Thinking, and Collaborative Inquiry.  Students leverage critical thinking and collaboration skills along with understandings from the disciplines to pursue questions about their world and to increase their capacity to generate knowledge, relationships, and actions that influence positive change in their communities.  Problems, conclusions, and decisions are evaluated and challenged through the use of five reflective questions: 

  1. What possible points of view are there? (Perspective)
  2. How do we know? (Evidence)
  3. What difference does it make? (Relevance)
  4. Does this relate to something else? (Connections)
  5. What if assumptions were changed? (Supposition)