Renaissance Overview

  • Ren
    Renaissance Highly Gifted Academies provide an all-day self-contained learning experience addressing the individual needs of gifted students. Students acquire a solid foundation in the content areas of mathematics, language and communication arts, social studies, science, and technology literacy. Students work at advanced levels within these content areas at an accelerated pace. Learning opportunities include engagement in higher order and critical thinking skills; broadened musical exposure and performance (at our Highland Lakes program); more in-depth STEM projects and activities (at our Canyon Springs program); personal development and responsibility; and community and peer involvement.
    DVUSD offers this opportunity at three of our campuses. Please visit the schools' websites for specific information about each campus. 
    Canyon Springs
     The Renaissance Highly Gifted &
    STEM Academy at Canyon Springs 
    focuses on highly gifted learners.
    Our signature STEM program supports those who have a passion for the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math.
    Serving grades 1st - 8th
    Also home to Bright Child Kindergarten
    Highland Lakes
    The Renaissance Highly Gifted &
    Music Academy at Highland Lakes
    focuses on highly gifted learners.
    Our signature music program supports those who have a passion for developing diverse musical talents.
    Serving grades 1st - 8th
    Also home to Bright Child Kindergarten 
    Las Brisas
     The Renaissance Highly Gifted &
    Global Studies Academy at Las Brisas 
    focuses on highly gifted learners.
    Our signature Global Studies program supports those who have a passion for problem-based learning in the world around them.
    Serving grades 3rd - 6th in 2022-23
    and expanding after that.
    Also home to our Gifted Preschool






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    Application Info
    Qualifying Gifted Identification Scores
    Area Scores: All 3 scores (Verbal, Quantitative, Non‐Verbal) are at the 90th percentile or higher with a total of 280 percentile points or greater combined.
    Qualifying I.Q. Score: 132 or higher

Program Overview



    The following information applies to both campuses.

    In this learning community of supportive and collaborative peers, students are expected to take responsibility and ownership for their academic achievement and personal growth framed by their strengths and interests.


    Program Philosophy

    The Renaissance Highly Gifted Academies focus on gifted learners’ needs and interests. Learning opportunities focus on mastery; higher-order and critical thinking skills; community engagement; personal development and responsibility.

    In our self-contained gifted classrooms, we…
    • have the opportunity to differentiate the curriculum
    • move along the learning continuum as quickly and appropriately as possible
    • design instruction through assessments and teach the “whole” child
    • know that quality learning takes time but realizes superior results



    The Highly Gifted Renaissance Academy curriculum is specifically designed to respond to gifted learners’ characteristics of precocity, intensity, and complexity. Acceleration of basic content experiences, inquiry as a fundamental tool for encouraging learning, use of open-ended activities and questions that encourage further exploration, development of creative products to stimulate the use of higher-level thinking and problem-solving processes, and extensions to pique interest around substantive content.


    Renaissance Academy Goals


    Our academic goals for students:

    1. Acquire a solid foundation in the content areas of mathematics, language and communication arts, social studies, and science.
    2. Work at an advanced level within these content areas.
    3. Produce work within these areas that reflect individuality and creativity at a level that is advanced in relation to other students of the same grade.
    4. Use technology as a productivity, creativity, communication, and collaboration tool. (International Society for Technology in Education Standards)

    Our cognitive and affective goals for students:

    1. Problem-solve; think creatively, critically, and logically; and make connections between ideas.
    2. Acquire the knowledge and skills of learning and organizing.
    3. Acquire advanced research skills to gather, analyze, and apply information and ideas.
    4. Acquire the knowledge and skills to communicate effectively both within and beyond the classroom.
    5. Acquire the knowledge and skills to make decisions and act as a responsible member of a community. 


    Is Renaissance The Best Fit For My Child?

    Students who tend to be the most successful in our Renaissance Academies tend to be:

    • Intense and inquisitive learners

    • Analytical thinkers
    • Creative problem-solvers
    • Highly motivated

     Parents also need to provide their own transportation if they do not live within the individual school's boundaries. 


    (This will be updated in the 2020-21 school year)





    Grade Level Content Acceleration & Enrichment


    Bright Child Kindegarten

    - Primarily grade-level content that is enriched and extended as needed. Acceleration into 1st-grade content is available as needed

    Grades 1&2*

    - ELA, Science, Social Studies - At grade level with enrichment and extensions
    - Math - One grade above (blended with at grade level concepts as needed to transition)
    Please note that students going into 1st grade may be placed in a K-1 class or a 1st/2nd-grade class depending on enrollment numbers at the campus. Either configuration will be taught by our Renaissance or Bright Child teachers. If we do have enough students to create stand-alone 1st and 2nd-grade classes, that is our goal.

    Grades 3-7

    - ELA and Math - One grade above (Math could be more depending on individual student needs)
    - Social Studies & Science - At grade level with enrichment

    Grade 8

    - 9th Grade Honors ELA
    - High School Math (whatever level is needed)
    - 8th Grade enriched Social Studies & Science
    All High School courses are for high school credit.


    Canyon Springs

    - Grade K-5 - Weekly Spanish Enrichment/Specials Classes
    - Grades 6-8 - Optional High School Spanish Courses
    Highland Lakes
    - Grade K-6 - Weekly Spanish Enrichment/Specials Classes
    - Grades 7-8 - Optional High School Spanish Courses

  • BCK  
     Lays the groundwork for our Renaissance programs!
    (Click the logo to link to the website)



    Please email if you have any questions.
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