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Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci, celebrated painter, accomplished architect, visionary inventor and dedicated scientist, is representative of some of the highest achievements of the Italian Renaissance. At the Renaissance Learner Academy we strive to invoke the da Vinci in all learners with small classes, academic challenge, inclusion and personalized support. RLA’s program builds well rounded learners with interdisciplinary curriculum, project based learning, and focused attention to developing life skills, teamwork and community. RLA’s design is the fulfillment of our dream to create a dynamic, hands-on, learning centered school where all students can succeed.
Lab and Applied Science
The RLA science program will explore Lab Chemistry and Physical Science through experimental and theoretical lab work. This chemistry class meets the NGSS and college preparatory lab science requirements with numerous labs, field excursions and integrated technologies.
Key topics include scientific observation, data representation, atoms, molecules, periodic properities of the elements, aquious reactions, gasses, solutions, thermochemistry, quantum-mechanical model, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry.
Computer Science/Engineering program will highlight electronics and microcontrollers to make a wide range of projects including electric vehicles, musical instruments, programable and remote-controlled robots and sensors that respond to IR, heat, light, humidity, and sound. Through the lens of applied mathematics, students account for construction, maintenance, labor, and consumable resources costs and create a business plan to market and sell products. Students will learn to use hand tools, 3D printing, computer aided design software, spreadsheets, data arrays and micro-controllers to produce and sell products.
Students have daily mathematics tutorials to build number sense, fluency, and content knowledge. Math tutorials are selected by the student’s math level (General Math, Pre-algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II, and Mathematics for Engineers). Students may also take a course at a community college, or on-line with RLA support.
The 2022-2021 program focuses on world history, geography and economics with an added emphasis on political philosophy and government. This course meets the CCSS and college preparatory course requirements for World History, and World Literature.
English Language and Composition Tutorial
Students have daily reading and writing tutorials to build fluency and skill in reading, grammar, and composition. Tutorial assignments are designed for each student to meet and extend language competency. Reading selections and writing topics will be based on the Chemistry and World History themes with student interest taken into consideration.
Graphic and Visual Arts
The Graphic and Visual Arts Class explores aspects of design (color, line, form, composition, perspective) and a variety of traditional and electronic art media (sculpture, drawing, painting, pen and ink, sequential art, computer aided design, computer illustration, 3D printing). This course of study meets and exceeds course requirements for college preparatory Visual Arts.
Practical and Industrial Arts and Crafts
Students in this course will be exposed to a wide variety of practical arts and crafts including basket weaving, lampwork (glass beads and stained glass), blacksmithing, metal and resin casting, wood working, papercraft, sewing and more. The first semester culminating assignment will be an Entrepreneurial Project in which each student will design a product to make and sell. In the second semester, students will continue to develop this product, adding a website and marketing plan.
We are located in San Jose, CA.
Renaissance Learner Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, age, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, employment, access, and participation in Learning Farm programs and activities.