Welcome to

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

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weather2015-2016 RPA Handbook

Informative letter submitted to Molalla Pioneer and Silverton Appeal-Tribune  August 28 – 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 Marson Court croppedavailable. 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 of 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 new school year, classes begin at 7:30 and students will be released at 3:00.

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Click to view the current Course Catalog – “Course Descriptions”  2015-2016
Click to view Renaissance Public Academy Literature Progression for your reference.

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- Mr. Murtaugh (our Latin teacher) has registered our school 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.

2015-16 RPA Bell Schedule2015-16 ELem Day Schedule

 Click to view 2015-2016 RPA Calendar    


Bell Schedules – Elementary and Middle/High School (click to enlarge)

AnnouncementsInformational Letter to Families (August 17, 2015)

National Junior Classical League- Mr. Murtaugh (our Latin teacher) has registered our school 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. Mr. Murtaugh has also started up a Latin Club which will meet at lunch time on campus.  (Dates to be posted as finalized.)

Please visit our “Events/News” page to stay informed of “current events.”








Community Events – On December 19, 2015 the Willamette Ballet Academy is performing “The Nutcracker” at the Canby Fine Arts Auditorium. This is a two-act, seven set change, full-length production of the holiday classic. It promises to be a memorable event for all ages. Tickets will be available Dec. 1, please contact debhig@yahoo.com for more information.

Brookside Christmas Tree Farm, located in Scotts Mills, is looking for students to help them during this busy time of year. It will include loading Christmas trees, riding quads, and other farm duties (there will be cookies!)  If you volunteer with them it will count towards community service hours. Contact the office for more information.

Thursday, June 2, 2016 – Graduation Ceremonies for our Seniors – notify family and friends!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 – 5th Grade Civil War Reenactment

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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.

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Spring Break 2016 will find at least 10 of our scholars 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.  There is still time to sign up!

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(Additional photos in the Photo Gallery)

12122563_890208187692907_7261587719391881180_nIn 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!


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The end of October:  The annual Masquerade Ball !!


In November, RPA High School Scholars visited St. Mary’s in Mt. Angel and the Abbey.

November 2015 HS RPA - Mt. Angel - Historical DocumentsNovember 2015 HS RPA to Mt. Angel

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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.

Supply List 4th-6th Grades
 Supply List 7th-12th Grades
Bus Schedule 2015-2016
DRESS CODE (no revisions for 2015-16)

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advancED-logo2Renaissance Public Academy is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit … E.I.N. 27-1756201

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.

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