Renton Prep Christian School is located at the former Renton City Hall. Our school offers an elementary program, a 6th through 8th grade middle school program, and a challenging two-year accelerated high school program for 9th and 10th grade. Students enrolled in Renton Prep have chosen to prepare to enter Washington State’s Running Start program and plan to enter college at the beginning of their 11th grade in high school. Our 8th grade students are encouraged to enroll in as many 9th grade courses as they believe they are capable of successfully completing. The 8th graders who successfully complete 9th grade courses receive full high school credit.
Our program is intentionally designed for motivated students who have goals for their life and would like to achieve beyond advanced and honors courses as Juniors and Seniors in high school. Our program is designed to launch our 11th and 12th grade students into early college entry through a dual-enrollment program called Running Start.
For Washington residents, 11th and 12th grade students who test into placement at college level may enter the program. The program allows students to complete their high school diploma and simultaneously complete their first two years of college, with the ability to directly transfer into a university with Junior standing.
Renton Prep has adopted a micro-school philosophy and enrollment is limited. This allows for a master-apprentice relationship between our teachers and students. The smaller class setting is ideal for intensive individual feedback for advancement in technology and applicable learning outcomes.
Renton Prep is located in the seven-story building that once housed the Renton City Hall. The 200 Mill Avenue South building sits on the western bank of the Cedar River and is 82 steps away from the new state-of-the-art King County Library. Renton’s Liberty Park, with its two baseball fields, tennis and basketball courts, and skateboard park, is 300 steps away from the school building. Less than 500 steps away is the Renton Community Center with its two full size gymnasiums, dance studio, handball and volleyball courts, exercise and weight room, Carco Theater Performing Arts Center, and the Henry Moses Aquatic Center outdoor swimming pool. A 24-mile asphalt paved running, walking and biking trail is adjacent to the school. Renton Prep students have access to and use these facilities.
Renton Prep is the first K-12 school in Washington State to earn AdvancED STEM Certification. Our school has adopted a world class curriculum with multiple levels of college preparatory courses aligned with students’ interests and skills. We offer courses across multiple disciplines including numerous electives. Renton Prep’s 2016 “Award of Excellence, Digital Curriculum and Content Strategy” and “ The 2016 Future of Education Technology Conference STEM Excellence Award” identified our school as being one of the top 3 STEM Middle School programs in the nation. Our curriculum uses a blended learning approach with research-driven designs, compelling interactivity, ease-of-use, and integrated blending of books, hands-on materials, and online component. Our students have access to courses from over 50 universities including Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Duke, Stanford, and University of Washington.
The school year is organized into 2 semesters and uses variable scheduling. We expect all students to carry a minimum of 6 required classes per year (though most students carry 7-8 classes with electives). In addition to accelerated academic programs, the day includes electives, physical education, and supervised independent study.
Whether you’ve been with us for years or this is your first year as part of our school family, we know many of you may be interested in looking more deeply at our curriculum from early childhood through high school content.
Many people think that curriculum is a textbook publisher. However, curriculum is broadly defined as the totality of student experiences that occur in the educational process. Here are some of the education terms we use: Curriculum, Standards, Blended Learning, Technology, STEM/STEAM, and Assessment.
We integrate all learning with the application of enhanced technology skills. We believe the use of technology is an essential component of a complete education and a necessary requirement for technological, cultural, and global literacy.
At the beginning of each school year students purchase their own Microsoft Surface.The Microsoft Surface is the primary digital tool used to access data for research, creative design, and study. Our blended learning environment is designed with the flexibility of collaborative Microsoft work spaces.