The Renert School combines a rigorous academic program with a rich extra-curricular program that allows students to explore and develop their passions. In mathematics and the humanities students are grouped according to their ability level, rather than grade level, allowing them to progress without limits in areas of strength and interest, and to receive additional support in areas of weakness. As early as Kindergarten, students are taught by subject matter specialists, rather than generalists. Choice is incorporated as much as possible into the academic program, in the form of a wide array of academic, artistic, and physical fitness electives and Choice Friday options.
In addition to providing students with a solid academic foundation, the Renert School seeks to develop good citizens. There is a strong emphasis on community service, and students are taught to be appreciative of the learning environment, their teachers and peers, their families, and the greater community. This is accomplished through homeroom activities, specialized programs (e.g., Friendology), end-of-day appreciation circles, and school-wide events and activities.
The Renert School is an accredited private school, which means that we are obligated to cover the Alberta curriculum, and we do. However, Renert School education extends far beyond the Alberta curriculum. Students are allowed to advance through the curriculum at their own pace, with the result that many of them cover the Alberta curriculum years ahead of grade level. Furthermore, the school provides a rich extra-curricular program meant to foster and develop students’ passions in various areas of human achievement.
Financial assistance is available, and is assessed on a sliding fee scale based on the family’s combined household income and net worth. Financial assistance is based solely on financial need and not on academic merit.
School hours are 8:30 am-3:35 pm, Monday-Friday, for K-Grade 12. In lieu of PD days, we offer our staff and families an extra week off in November and in February. Christmas holidays and Spring Break typically coincide with the CBE’s schedule.
The Renert School offers Before School Care from 7:30-8:30am, as well as After School Care from 3:35pm-6pm, for students in grades K-6. This service may be accessed on a drop-in or regular basis.
The Renert School operates a school bus route for students residing in South Calgary. Students are picked up at 7:30 am in front of the RONA on Macleod Trail and Southland Drive SW. The bus makes one stop in the Westhills Shopping Centre, in front of Mark’s Work Warehouse, before arriving at the school at 8:30am.
Interested families must first attend an information session to learn about the Renert School’s philosophy and program. Information sessions are held biweekly throughout the year. Upcoming sessions are listed on the info sessions page (www.renertschool.ca/info-sessions/)
Parents who have attended an info session and have decided that the Renert School might be a good fit for their child must submit an application for admission, along with the following documents:
- Copies of the child’s two most recent report cards (not required for Kindergarten applicants)
- Copies of any psycho-educational assessment reports that have been completed for the child (if applicable)
- A non-refundable application fee of $100.00, payable by cheque to the Renert School Foundation
If, based on the above documents, the Admissions Director believes that the Renert School is likely a good fit for the child, the child will be invited to complete an individualized assessment of basic academic skills, and the family will be invited to participate in an interview. The cost for the assessment and interview is $150, which is credited towards tuition if student is admitted. Following the interview, an admission decision is made.
In evaluating a candidate’s admissibility, the Admissions Director will consider student’s past academic record, aptitude and behavior, character in learning, and extra curricular interests. Generally, accepted applicants are kind, mature, focused, independent, and academically strong, as demonstrated by report card marks in the 3-4 range on the CBE’s rating scale, and admission test scores in the 75th percentile or better in the various academic skill areas.