Parent volunteerism has always been strong at Renaissance. In addition to strong parent representation on all of its governing boards, over the years parents have served on many committees: its playground was designed with parent input; the Arts and Spanish Language program have been strengthened by parent collaboration; and every hiring committee includes parents. Parents share their skills to improve communication and the school’s publications, help out in the office, assist with art for exhibitions—and sometimes bring their skills into the classroom.
Renaissance also values its relationship with the community outside its doors. Strong curricular partnerships have developed from neighborhood people coming to the school with something of interest to offer. The culinary arts partnership with B.R.Guest Restaurants began because one of the restaurant’s executives walks past the school on his way to work every day. Business leaders of the Jackson Heights Business Improvement District have reached out to the school in various ways. Also several of the schools Board members are active and socially conscious members of the Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and Corona neighborhoods.