Renaissance School of Humanities

The Renaissance School of Humanities & International Studies

The Renaissance School prepares students to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas and take action. By mastering these four qualities, our students become globally competent citizens.




Principal: James Reed III

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The Renaissance School’s instructional model is based on the International Studies Schools Network (ISSN). Our partnership with the Asia Society supports rigorous teacher training and standards. It connects our school with global partners to ensure our students will learn the skills they need to be successful in college and their future careers.

Renaissance students are lifelong learners who are respectful and caring of the people around them.

Renaissance teachers receive extensive professional development to facilitate in-depth discussions about world events and cultures. Renaissance students work in small collaborative student groups, solving problems, responding to readings and discussing ideas with each other.

All CH-UH schools are aligned with a Pathway, an education theme that emphasizes learning from a particular perspective. The Renaissance School is part of the Society Pathway – learning from the perspective of people interacting with others.

The Renaissance principal, teachers and support staff work to know each student, building relationships that will encourage students to feel comfortable and willing to contribute in discussions. Students take on leadership responsibilities in the Renaissance School and help plan assemblies and set school policies.

The Renaissance School is a good choice for a student who:

• is interested in world affairs, foreign languages and different cultures
• finds critical-thinking projects with other students fulfilling
• searches beyond “yes” and “no” answers for deeper understanding
• is motivated by debate and discussion that may raise more questions than answers
• is comfortable working in small groups

Students can expect to:

• interact and study with international exchange students
• connect to the Council on World Affairs in Cleveland, accessing speakers from international governments
• complete meaningful community service at both the local and international levels
• serve as student ambassadors to other ISSN schools
• participate in various ethnic and cultural opportunities throughout Northeast Ohio
• have a travel opportunity that will broaden their understanding of global issues
• connect global student-selected themes to their classes

Renaissance Contact Information:

Renaissance office: 216-320-3107
Administrative Assistant: Tina Hall, 216-320-3049,
Principal: James Reed III, 216-320-3111,
Counselor: David Peake, 216-320-3069,
Social Worker: Caryl Yoo, 216-320-3081,

Parents can contact teachers by e-mail. The staff directory lists teachers by name, school and positions or subject taught. If calling a teacher's classroom,  it is best to call between 8-8:30 a.m. or after 3:25 p.m. Call the small school office to be connected to a classroom teacher.


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Renaissance School

13263 Cedar Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Phone: 216-320-3170
Fax: 216-320-3172
To report a student absence, please call: 216-320-3171

School Hours

8:25 a.m. - 3:33 p.m. M, W, Th, F
8:25 a.m. - 2:53 p.m. Tu

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