Located At:
4093 West US 20
LaPorte, IN 46350

Phone: (219) 878-8711
Fax: (866) 311-8321
Email: info@rschool.net
Kindergarten – 8th Grade
Charter School FAQ

23Charter School
Renaissance Academy Charter School is available, tuition free, to any age eligible child in Indiana.

Applications for the upcoming school year are not accepted until January 1. Applications received between January 1 and February 28 are considered equal. If there are too many students for a class, the applications are placed into a random lottery for admission.

From March 1 through August 31, applications are accepted and students are added to class lists on a first come, first served basis. When classes are full the students are added to numbered waiting lists.

Application for Admission – Elementary
Application for Admission – Preschool

There are no tuition or application fees for Renaissance Academy Charter School Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. Charter school student costs are yearly materials fees and field trip expenses. Special event, trips, and certain sports have additional fees. School uniforms are also required and purchased directly by the family.  See Financial Policies for more details.

Materials Fees:
Due at Enrollment
in April
K – 3rd Grade
4th – 5th grade
6th – 8th Grade
Field Trip Fees:
Aug – May
1st -2nd grade
3rd -5th grade
6th – 8th Grade
Field Trip Plan  

Uniform Information


Renaissance Academy Charter School offers both a ½ and full day Kindergarten program. The 3-6 year-old class is a core part of a Montessori education and we encourage all families to have their children participate.


Montessori Renaissance Academy preschool is an independent private school funded purely through tuition. Preschool classes are available ½ or full day, three or five days week. Tuition and fee information is listed below; any other details can be obtained by contacting the school.

Preschool Tuition:
Half Day
(8:15am – 11:15am)
$2740 /year
$3415 /year
Full Day
(8:15am – 2:45pm)
$4210 /year
$5225 /year


Fees: $30  one time
Enrollment $65  before May 15
$85  after May 15
Materials $125 /semester

Renaissance Academy Montessori Preschool is an independent, private, not-for-profit school.

3 – 6 Year-Old Classes
Morning 8:15 – 11:15am 3 Days or 5 Days

The 3 – 6 Year Old Class is the core of the Montessori program. The three-year age span nurtures the development of personality and social behavior as well as intellect. Children are able to work together with a variety of students as well as individually, learning to get along with others and share in the community. The indirect learning that occurs is invaluable. These classes offer the full array of Montessori materials in a carefully prepared environment. Children are encouraged to explore, discover, and grow using areas of language, practical life, sensorial, mathematics, geography, social studies, science, and more.

Full Day 3 – 6 Program
Preschool or Kindergarten Class from 8:15am – 3:00pm (-5:30pm) 3 or 5 Days

In this Renaissance Academy program children experience the highest quality of full day school. Students enjoy the wonderful Montessori preschool or kindergarten experience described here, then they socialize and have lunch with friends, play freely in our specially equipped play room as well as outdoors (weather permitting), take a rest break, and return to finish the day in Montessori style. Art, Music, Spanish, and creative activities are incorporated as part of this full, fun, learning day. After School Camp or Breakfast Time can be included at discounted rates.

Half Day 8:15am – 11:15pm
Full Day 8:15am – 2:45pm 5 Days

Renaissance Academy Kindergarten can be the culmination of the three-year Montessori pre-elementary experience. It offers the beginning transition to elementary school while allowing children freedom to explore and expand their intense natural need for knowledge. Half-day and full-day kindergarten are both part of the Charter School and Indiana students may now attend the afternoon class without tuition. Ideally, our kindergarten students come full day, attending the 3 – 6 Year Old Multi-age Montessori Class for part of their day, then enjoying an incredible small group program catering exclusively to five and six year old children during this highly sensitive learning period.

Charter School FAQ

Renaissance Academy Kindergarten to 8th Grade is a Charter School.

A charter school is a public school that is nonsectarian and nonreligious and operates under a charter. Under Indiana Code, charter schools are established to serve the different learning styles and needs of public school students, to offer public school students appropriate and innovative choices, to afford varied opportunities for professional educators, to allow freedom and flexibility in exchange for exceptional levels of accountability, and to provide parents, students, community members, and local entities with an expanded opportunity for involvement in the public school system.

Questions and Answers

(Excerpted from the Indiana Department of Education)

How does a charter public school differ from a traditional public school?
Charter public schools were created to provide innovative and creative educational choices for students and their parents. As such, they are exempt from many state and school district regulations and tend to have more autonomy than a traditional public school. In Indiana, an individual charter school is considered its own school corporation. Although charter public schools are exempt from some state and district regulations, they are held to extremely high levels of accountability. In addition to meeting state accountability requirements, charter schools must also meet the requirements set out in their charter and agreed to by their sponsor.

What state laws apply to charter schools?
Indiana charter schools are required to follow several Indiana laws, including but not limited to financial audits by the state board of accounts, student health and safety laws, compulsory school attendance laws, and accountability laws.

Are charter schools open to anyone who wants to attend?
Yes. Charter schools are open to any student who resides in Indiana. Enrollment may be limited to those students who were enrolled in the school, and siblings of those students.

What happens if a charter school receives more applications for admission than it has capacity for?
In a case in which a charter school receives applications for admission that exceed its capacity, the charter school must institute a lottery process in which each applicant is given an equal chance of admission. However, such a charter school may limit new admissions to ensure that a student who attends the charter school during a school year may continue to attend the school in subsequent years, and that siblings of such a student may attend the charter school.

How do I enroll my child in a charter school?
Charter schools in Indiana differ greatly in educational purpose and educational goals. Therefore, parents should look carefully each charter school’s mission and goals in order to find the school that is right for their children’s educational needs. Parents are encouraged to contact individual charter schools to request more information. The individual charter school can provide admissions information and the application process necessary for admission.

If my child lives outside of the school district in which a charter school is located, can s/he still attend that charter school?
Generally, yes. A student may attend a charter school outside the district in which a student resides if a parent decides that the child would be better served educationally at the charter school.