Renaissance Academy named top PA charter school in annual U.S. News & World Report ranking | News

PHOENIXVILLE — Renaissance Academy has been named the top ranked charter school in Pennsylvania according to U.S. News and World Report.

Each year the national magazine publishes its rankings of the best high schools in America, looking at 24,000 high schools across the country.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked the Renaissance Academy Charter School 20th out of all Pennsylvania Public High Schools and the No. 1 ranked Pennsylvania Charter School on the list.

“I am proud of the dedicated, focused work of our staff that earned us this noteworthy recognition,” Gina Guarino Buli, the school’s chief executive officer said in a press release announcing the ranking. “In a year when our school has been faced with challenges, for which we could not have planned, it is refreshing and rewarding to be recognized for the long-term accomplishments of our staff and students.”

In addition to Renaissance Academy, the local schools included in report’s top 50 Pennsylvania schools ranked Spring-Ford High School at number 31; Phoenixville High School at 43; Downingtown High School East at 44; and Perkiomen Valley High School at 47.

Nationally, the report ranked Renaissance Academy at 689 out of the 24,000 Public High Schools reviewed and assessed. 

The report included only one Pennsylvania school in its national top 20 — Julia Masterman Secondary School in Philadelphia, which came in at number 18.

However, Downingtown STEM Academy was ranked 34th in the nation, making Masterman and Downingtown, the only two Pennsylvania schools to be ranked in the magazine’s top 100 in the nation.

When ranking high schools, U.S. News bases its high school rankings on a number of factors including overall student performance on state-required tests; how effectively schools educated their disadvantaged students; high school graduation rate; and how well they prepared students for college based on participation in and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.

Renaissance Academy (RA) has also earned a spot on this Best High Schools list in 2019, 2020, as well as in previous years. 

Guarino Buli went on to say that she is excited about the future of Renaissance Academy.

“As a leader in education, the goals, challenges, and targets are always moving. RA never stops looking to the next level of what may lie ahead. As we conclude our 21st year of serving students and families, we continually ask ourselves: What can we do next? How can we do better?” she said. “Recognition such as this allows us to focus on what is going well and to build upon those efforts as a community.”

Established in 1999, Renaissance Academy is a K-12, award-winning, tuition-free, college prep charter school.

“The school’s objective is to prepare a diverse cross-section of children for success as students, workers, and citizens by providing them with a high-quality liberal arts, college preparatory education. The Renaissance Academy Class of 2020 earned over 17 million dollars in offered college scholarships,” according to the press release. 

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