The name Renaissance Village Academy was chosen with care to reflect the goals of the school. We want to create and nurture Renaissance men and women, citizens who understand the world around them in all its glory and diversity, the natural world, the social world, and the political world.
Too often today children are pigeonholed at an early age, focusing only on a favorite subject or two rather than the wider view. We take as our models the polymaths Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Jefferson.
The best way to help children grow and learn is to create a sense of community
where we all look out for one another – hence Village
(as in "It takes a village...."). The Tribes Program
is used to foster inclusion, which will, over time, become influence, and ultimately acceptance / affection.
Finally, the name Academy takes its inspiration from Plato's Academy in Athens, where Plato taught his followers to think using the Socratic method.
"Information is abundant, Wisdom is scarce."
Knowledge without thought is just information. In order to understand that knowledge and to make decisions based upon it, children must learn how to think about what they've learned, how to judge the accuracy / biases of their sources, and how to weigh conflicting information to form their own conclusions.