Academic Support

RHP's Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) is an academic support program within the RHP Student Services Office for students in grades 6-12 who have learning disabilities, medical conditions, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder or other factors which impact their learning. Eligibility is determined by performance on an individual psycho-educational evaluation, a medical evaluation or an active I.E.P. or 504 Plan. The ACE program is staffed with Educational Therapists and Learning Specialists who are skilled in current strategies and techniques for assisting students in meeting the demands of RHP’s rigorous college prep curriculum. RHP teachers do not modify curriculum or adjust academic standards for ACE students or any other students.
ACE provides 4.5 hours a week of academic support. Students receive individual guidance and instruction. The program usually maintains a one-to-two or one-to-one ratio between Learning Specialists and students to ensure an intense level of support. ACE students also attend RHP’s After School Program (ASP) at a significantly reduced cost. Eligible ACE students receive accommodations through the Student Services Office including extended time on examinations, reduced distraction testing environment, use of a computer, enlarged text materials, readers, audio books, and scribes.

ACE students are taught to understand their unique learning strengths and weaknesses—and to use their strengths to overcome or compensate for areas of weakness. Our aim is that ACE students become confident and successful members of the RHP community.

Renaissance Support Blocks

Students will attend both RHP and Renaissance core courses. In addition, they will have a minimum of one support block built into their schedule each year. During the support blocks students develop a skill set that includes academic, social, and emotional tools to use in their future beyond high school. Having two supports blocks during the first two years of high school provides students with vital time to build skills and strengthen their understanding of key concepts for success in high school and college. Support classes are individualized to meet the needs of group and individuals within the group. It is a progressive program in which students’ skills build on the previous years, especially in the areas of self-advocacy and independence.

Renaissance faculty utilizes RHP core coursework to teach students study strategies that fit their individual learning style. Some of the skills include: organizing and prioritizing homework and co-curricular activities, note taking, flashcards, essays and research paper writing, study guides and exam preparation, test-taking strategies, and stress management. In addition, there is also a hidden but purposeful curriculum that students are exposed to including increased awareness of individual learning style, demonstration of good communication techniques, promotion of social & emotional development, encouraged active participation in the school community, and self-advocacy.

Psychology of Adolescence

This course will help students to gain an understanding of the different modalities of learning and enable them to gain a deeper understanding of what type of learner they are, as well as to identify what modality lessons are being taught. Students do self-assessments to increase awareness of learning styles and to set and evaluate goals. Through their interactive experiences with peers, students are able to work on strengthening their perspective taking, as well as to develop conflict management and critical thinking skills while effectively communicating. Through support in this class, both social and emotional growth will be achieved.

Study Strategies

Students will become more efficient by learning to use a variety of organizational tools, such as their student planner, teacher websites, binder checks and visual whiteboard tracking to learn how to prioritize their workload.  Students learn how to access all necessary materials to successfully plan and complete their assignments.  Materials management will be a continuing focus.  Students will develop their note-taking skills, as well as working to create collaborative study guides for their classes.  Strategies for test-taking will be explored.

Psychology of Learning

Psychology of Learning is an academically focused course designed to introduce the high school students to the theories behind learning. Students will participate in activities to provide them with a comprehensive background in the Psychology of Learning. Students study the psychology behind learning theories as well as Multiple Intelligences Theory and additional learning models. A multi-disciplinary approach requires students to take part in activities, create visual representations of learning models and present projects.   

Personal Growth & College Planning

Students in their senior year will be focusing on moving towards increasing independence, as well as heightening their awareness of what accommodations they will need as they move into college. Each student will be researching colleges that may be a good match for them and meet their needs academically. As the year progresses, students will begin to plan for college, learning exactly how they can get accommodations that they will need at the college they will be attending, as well as independent living skills such as money management, socialization at college, and how to be an advocate for yourself.  

Renaissance After School Program

The After School Program meets three days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:45 to 5:15 and is included in the Renaissance tuition. This time is very beneficial for students to complete homework as well as get organized. Additional study sessions for upcoming exams may take place at this time. This is a mandatory part of the program. While this is valuable time to complete schoolwork, students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities. All co-curricular activities allow for one day a week of after school program. For anyone taking the bus, there is a late bus home. We recognize that this extends the school day of Renaissance students, but our goal is to minimize the work required at home. As students’ progress through the upper grades and prepare for life beyond high school, the homework load increases and students learn to manage the increased load, prioritize and follow-through with homework in Renaissance or at home as needed.
ACE focuses on the following:
  • Study Skills
  • Time Management
  • Organizational Skills
  • Re-teaching 
  • Homework Assistance
  • Test-taking Strategies
  • Compensatory
  • Techniques
  • Demystification of
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Self-advocacy