Renaissance Public Academy
“A classical education for modern times”
A Fully Accredited 4th-12th Grade Charter School – Founded in 2010
Molalla, Oregon ~ Clackamas County
Tuition-Free, 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, Public Charter School
Informative letter with important information submitted to Molalla Pioneer and Silverton Appeal-Tribune August 28, 2015 – TM
Renaissance Public Academy is a small rural school of choice which strongly emphasizes “The Core Knowledge Foundation” and a Classical Education model. A fully accredited, tuition-free public charter school, we are neither a traditional public school nor an alternative school.
An Option and An Opportunity – The most successful student at RPA is a serious student. He/she demonstrates personal growth and character development in becoming good stewards of their education. Smart Internships and College Credit courses are available. MRSD maintains the special education program on campus for RPA 504 and I.E.P. students.
We Learn. We Grow. We Will Succeed.
Currently serving grades 4-12, Renaissance Public Academy is an accredited public, tuition-free charter school. Located in (and hosted by) Molalla River School District, we serve North Marion and South Clackamas counties. As a charter school, enrollment is not limited to the boundaries of the school district. In addition to students within Molalla River School District, enrollment has included families from Canby, Woodburn, Hubbard, Aurora, Salem, Keizer, Silverton, Mt. Angel, Scotts Mills, Estacada, Oregon City, Gladstone, and Wilsonville.
RPA arranges bus services through First Student;. Current stops include points at the far reaches of MRSD’s boundaries, and within the city of Molalla. (Boundary-related stops currently include Clarkes Fire Station, Liberal Store, Smyrna Church, Dart Road off Hwy 213, Maple Grove and Groshong.)
Renaissance Public Academy generally operates on a 4-day classroom schedule, Monday through Thursday. If Monday is a holiday, classes are held Tuesday through Friday. The 2015-2016 RPA Calendar provides specifics, including our start-up date which was August 31st, and the weeks we will have classes all 5 days. These will generally occur at the start of the year, and then after extended school holiday closures. For the 2015-2016 school year, classes begin at 7:30 and students are released at 3:00.
“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
With the unique curriculum of RPA and high expectations, 43.33% of our 4th-12th grade scholars received Honor or High Honor Roll recognition as a result of grades earned in the Second Trimester of 2014-15.
National Junior Classical League – RPA is now registered with the National Junior Classical League! We are one of the first chapters in Oregon! This is a great opportunity for our high school students. Mr. Murtaugh will be sending out more information as the regional conference approaches.
Please also visit our “Events” page for more specific scheduling of events.
National Junior Classical League – RPA is the first and only Oregon school registered with the NJCL! Mr. Murtaugh (our Latin teacher) has registered our school with the National Junior Classical League. This is a great opportunity for our high school students. Mr. Murtaugh will be sending out more information as the regional conference approaches. Mr. Murtaugh has also started up a Latin Club which will meet at lunch time on campus. Students are advised of the dates (generally Thursdays at lunch time in the Language room.)
Please visit our “Events/News” page to stay informed of “current events.”
If you’re interested in learning more about RPA and would like to have a tour and/or visit – or observe a classroom, please contact the office at 503-759-7002.
Volunteers are an integral part of any school’s routine, sometimes even more so with Charter Schools. We encourage visits to our “Volunteer” page to learn what is required, and information that will be helpful to our partnering with you and others toward a most successful year for RPA.
Spring Break 2016 will find at least 10 of our scholars (and three adults) on a 9-day tour of Italy.
Experience Italy with us next summer, If you are interested in more information, please contact Jeanna De Risio.
(Additional photos in the Photo Gallery)
In October, our High School Scholars took advantage of an OPPORTUNITY, enjoying a 3-day field trip to Ashland, experiencing the 2015 Shakespearean Festival, interview time with one of the actors, and a campus visit at Southern Oregon University!
The end of October: The annual Masquerade Ball !!
In November, RPA High School Scholars visited St. Mary’s in Mt. Angel and the Abbey.
We hope so!!
Even as school is in session, RPA is enrolling for all grades. Once our maximum class/grade enrollment for 25 has been reached, additional scholars for that grade will be placed on a waiting list. We encourage interested families to contact RPA as soon as possible.
Your donation assists in our providing everything from classroom needs and curriculum
materials to updating textbooks and technology. It aides us in providing unique field trips and educational experiences
for our scholars.
Ultimately, your generous donation is essential to continuing our building of an excellent educational experience for young scholars.
Any donation will be greatly appreciated and is tax deductible.