Renaissance High School

Renaissance High School

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Renaissance High School is a public high school located within the city of Detroit, Michigan. Renaissance is one of four magnet high schools in the Detroit Public Schools district (the other ones being Cass Technical High School, Detroit School of Arts, and Communication & Media Arts High School ).

Founded in 1978 on the previous site of Catholic Central High School, Renaissance's first senior class graduated in 1981. A new building for the school, on the site of the former Sinai Hospital, was dedicated in 2005.


Renaissance High School is a high performing school. As originally envisioned, a test was administered annually to eighth grade students from public and non-public schools in the area. A combination of the student's grades in junior high school and the score the student received on the test determined admission into the school. That policy continued into the early 1990s. Transfer students were not allowed to attend Renaissance. This policy was changed in 1994, however, and transfer students are allowed to attend the school, although they must abide by the same graduation requirements as other students.

When Renaissance was initially founded, community members were concerned that reliance on a standardized test would result in the school's admitting too few African-American students. In 2006, more than 90% of the student's body is African-American.

Renaissance opened in 1978 with first-year ("freshman") and second-year...
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