Renaissance Village Academy

Celebrating 10 years of igniting young minds in Scripps Ranch


“I’ve learned prime numbers, but I’ve never played with them before.”

“Wait, can you go back? I don’t get it.”

Ten years ago, Miss Nancy had a dream. Having written her first paper on gifted education in high school and taught GATE and Seminar classes in Scripps Ranch for 20 years, she wanted to start her own school. She would synthesize all she’d learned about working with gifted children:

• Follow the kids’ enthusiasms.

• Guide them to new interests.

• Participate in conversations rather than present lectures.

• Have kids do work at school, so family time can be family time.

• And above all: judge students by their abilities, rather than their ages.

Miss Nancy believes that questions are just as important as knowledge. As Neil Postman wrote, “Once you have learned to ask questions – relevant and appropriate and substantial questions – you have learned how to learn and no one can keep you from learning whatever you want or need to know.”

Academics are standards-based, but students aren’t limited to “grade-level” topics. Miss Nancy likes to say, “We meet the children where they are, and take them as far as we can.”

In addition, each week, children learn art, music, singing, karate, and gardening.

Parents like the results of Renaissance Village Academy’s mixed-age classes. Students see hemselves as part of a community and work to help each other. Older children tend to be more polite once they see the younger ones mimicking their tones. Younger children are motivated to be better sports and to listen better because they want to be included by the older children.

Our experience at RVA was like having our son home-schooled, but by a credentialed teacher. Getting him up in the morning wasn’t a chore anymore, he was dressed and by the door so he wouldn’t miss a single minute.” N.C., Scripps Ranch.

Renaissance Village Academy

10625 Scripps Ranch Blvd., Suite A, San Diego 92131

On the NE corner of Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Scripps Lake Drive.

(858) 564-9622