Why Our Schools?

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Rolling Hills Prep, Renaissance, and REACH Schools are three schools dedicated to individualized approaches to learning and a commitment to small class sizes. Rather than prioritizing content as the driver of education, we focus on inquiry-based learning and conceptual skill-building that allow students to approach any subject matter or content fields using robust and reliable techniques.

Rolling Hills Preparatory School

Science students working on a projectRolling Hills Prep (RHP), founded in 1981, is the oldest of the three schools and provides a college preparatory curriculum with an individualized focus on student success and academic achievement. A foundational aspect of our approach to college preparatory curriculum is helping students establish goals, implement an individualized learning path, and track progress with the help of faculty advisors and our college counseling department. We view the path to college as a journey that helps students build their skills, starting in middle school until they eventually attend a college or university program that fits their passions and interests.

Renaissance School

Renaissance design class students workingFounded in 2004 as a sister school to RHP, Renaissance School focuses on providing revolutionary educational approaches to students with learning differences, such as ADHD and Dyslexia. Renaissance School values different learning styles and empowers students to recognize their strengths and build important skills that allow them to reach new heights. Each student is provided with a learning support team to develop lifelong study skills, organizational behavior, self-advocacy, and a variety of other skills that are vital for long-term success. Renaissance School boasts a high degree of programmatic success with an average of 94% of Renaissance graduates attending college compared to the state average of 11% for students with learning differences.

 

Renaissance Middle School classes are completely separated from RHP to ensure that foundational skills are developed prior to the transition to upper school. Upper school Renaissance students may take either Renaissance classes or participate in RHP classes if they require a faster pace or more self-direction in their learning environment for any subject area.

REACH School

REACH student working in classREACH School was founded in 2019 to help younger students navigate learning and social differences in a friendly and inclusive environment. REACH utilizes a small classroom approach to ensure that every student's needs are met through individualized programming and an inviting social environment.

 

REACH utilizes educational assessments, such as IEPs, of each student to hone in on specific areas of challenge and strength. Additionally, REACH works with allied professionals on every student's team to develop Individualized Academic Plans collaboratively. This deep awareness of student needs allows for progress monitoring, benchmark assessments, and quarterly meetings with families to ensure strong lines of communication and support.

Shared Values of All Three Schools 

Individualized Approaches to Education

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Every student is different, and our programs constantly assess individualized performance to identify strengths and challenges for every student. Faculty advisors and learning specialists work directly with students and parents to ensure that students are achieving their true potential by finding new learning opportunities and establishing a clear student support system. This understanding allows students to thrive in areas they focus on or care about while simultaneously ensuring that difficult areas of learning are addressed thoughtfully and compassionately. Each of the three educational programs found in Rolling Hills Prep, Renaissance, and REACH configures curriculum around differentiated approaches and support systems that allow a wide range of learners and learning profiles to succeed.

 

 

Universal Design - For High Achievers and Learning Differences

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At first glance, it can be difficult for families to understand how our programs can simultaneously support high-achieving students with college-bound aspirations in addition to a variety of learning differences, such as ADHD and Dyslexia. Our teachers employ the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework of curriculum design that makes learning inclusive and provides opportunities for all students to be successful. UDL is a flexible approach to teaching and learning, providing students with varied methods of engagement, representation, and expression.

Character Education

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"Sound Character" is a central tenet of our schools' Four Pillars of Education. All three schools are united under shared goals of character education with the aim of educating thoughtful global citizens and providing a sense of personal agency that allows them to navigate the world with a sense of purpose and understanding. As a result of this mindset, the schools embrace social-emotional learning, diversity (including neurodiversity), and personal accountability to promote the development of global citizens.