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Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts has a unique place in the Rochester educational landscape. We are a publicly financed school, but we operate independently from any district’s board of education. That means we can institute innovative teaching strategies, make changes easily, quickly to respond to students’ needs, and infuse the arts where we see fit.


The trade-off for this freedom is that, by law, charters receive less than 100% of per-pupil funding, which is what traditional public schools would receive. In reality, we receive far less funding because we are denied multiple crucial categories of aid, including funds for transportation and facilities.




Our community is only as strong as those who contribute to its growth, and those contributions help impact the world around us. With your help we are making a difference in the lives of the students and the communities we serve. By being provided with access to the working capital needed to operate and grow, our sxachool leaders are able to focus on what they do best – educate and uplift students.


We hope that you will consider a financial gift so that we may continue our mission of being “Inspired by Arts. Empowered by Learning.” Please contact Dr. Cozine at 585.225.4200 ext. 202 or email her at for more information.

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Grants, Partnerships and Noteworthy Events

Below is a list of grants and partnerships that we have been awarded as well as noteworthy events.

Young Audiences JCPenney Arts For Learning - August 2015

JCPenney Cares helps fund national and local arts education programs through partnerships such as Young Audiences Arts for Learning, the nation’s largest arts-in-education organization. The grant was used to provide professional development for staff in the area of arts integration. It also provided arts integrated lessons plans to use with our students. Renaissance Academy was then paired with a mentor school and representatives from Renaissance Academy visited them on site to learn more about how arts integration was being utilized in their school.

Suzanne Gouvernet Foundation After School Enrichment - August 2015

The purpose of the fund is to support the arts. Special  preference is given to the performing arts including theater and opera. Significant preference is also given to organizations with an arts-focused mission. The grant was used to bring outside artists into Renaissance Academy to facilitate an after school program that provided students additional arts enrichment in drama, visual arts, and dance. Students rotated between all art forms throughout the multi week program.

RA Fit Kids Initiative - November 2015

Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts was awarded a Community Health Grant from Greater Rochester Health Foundation to support RA Fit Kids Initiative. The mission of the Health Foundation is to improve the health status of residents of the Greater Rochester community, including people whose unique health care needs have not been met because of race, ethnicity, or income. The funds provided by the foundation will enable the school to increase the physical education teacher’s teaching status from part-time to full time and purchase much needed resources. Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts is honored to partner with the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and thrilled to be able to provide our students with an increased level of physical education.

Creatively Alive - October 2015

Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts was awarded a grant through a partnership between the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the Crayola Corporation. NAESP and the Crayola Corporation believe “art-infused education helps students develop 21st century skills in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication. In order to reach their full potential and grow into self-motivated learners, children’s natural curiosity and explorative spirit must be nurtured. Crayola shares principals’ commitment to nurturing creatively alive children and using art-infused education to increase student engagement and learning. Art-infused education increases when a collaborative leadership team builds colleagues’ creative capabilities and confidence.” Funds from this grant will allow our school to create: thematic curriculum maps that explicitly outline the connections to and between content areas and the arts, culminating events at the end of thematic units that are a celebration of both the content areas and visual arts, dance, music and drama, the use of common arts language in the content areas and the use of common academic language and the arts classes. RA has already received $1,000 of high quality arts materials from the Crayola Corporation. RA is thrilled to partner with this two organizations whose missions align with ours and look forward to sharing what we are able to create with other schools across the country.

M and T Bank Charitable Giving - June 2015

Renaissance Academy Charter School Arts was awarded a grant by the M and T Bank Charitable Foundation. The M&T Charitable Foundation strives to strengthen communities it serves  by providing support for a diverse range of civic, cultural, health and human service organizations. M and T Bank believes that healthy communities are the foundation of successful businesses. Through grants and in-kind services, The M&T Charitable Foundation works in partnership with nonprofit organizations that focus on improving the quality of life for our customers, employees and neighbors. The funds awarded in 2015 were used, in conjunction with other funders, to provide a summer learning program for our students.

Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation - June 2015

Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts was awarded a grant through the Daisy Marquis Jones to offer a summer learning program, grow our students abilities in self regulation and share Renaissance Academy’s work with area schools at a Mindfulness Symposium. The Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation was established in 1968 by Daisy Marquis Jones and her nephew Leo Marquis Lyons as a way of giving something back to the community. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the well-being of residents in Monroe and Yates counties by funding programs that aid disadvantaged children and families. It is a member of the Grant makers Forum of New York. Renaissance Academy is honored to partner with this civic minded organization.

Walmart Foundation Grant - March 2015

Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts was awarded a grant through the Walmart foundation to provide food to their families in need. The Walmart Community Grant Program is a highly competitive program, receiving more than 150,000 applications each year. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to providing opportunities for organizations to improve the communities we serve. We are grateful to the local Walmart on Dewey Avenue for recognizing the importance of our project and awarding us this very meaningful grant.

Ribbon Cutting for Completion of Phase I Construction - September 2015

Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts will commemorate the completion of Phase I of substantial renovations to its school facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 299 Kirk Road. The ceremony will take place on October 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM. State and local dignitaries will attend and students will perform for parents and community members.


The project was intended to provide enclosed classrooms for several grade levels in the formerly “open school.”  Bergmann Associates created the architectural design for the project and The Nichols Team executed the construction.


The project is the first phase of enclosing the open school as it prepares to accommodate a student population which will grow to 500 students by 2018-19. Currently, there are 249 students in grades K-3.


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About Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts

Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts, Chartered by the New York State Department of Regents is located at 299 Kirk Road, Rochester, New York 14612. The school is the only elementary school of the arts outside New York City and currently enrolls 249 K-34d grade students and will grow to a K-6 school with a total student population of just under 500 students. Over 92% of students are from the Rochester City School District with the remaining students coming from suburban Monroe County, 86% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch and approximately 16% of students qualify for special education services.

Jahydeen Quick, Recipient of Do The Right Thing Award - December 2014

On September 1, 2014, while their mother was at work, she received a phone call telling her that her house was on fire.  At home were her three children… Jahydeen, Jahlyse (K at Renaissance Academy), and Jahyleen (3rd Grade at School 43).


Going into the kitchen for a snack, Jahydeen saw and alerted his family that there was a fire in the kitchen and ran upstairs to help their grandmother out of the house. His brother led Jahlyse out to safety.


The first floor of the house was destroyed, but thanks to the bravery of the two boys everyone got out of the house safely. Because of their actions they were honored by the Rochester Police Department.


Dr. Cozine accepted the invitation of the police department to bring Jahydeen’s second grade class to the awards ceremony, where they enjoyed cheering for their friend… and a pizza lunch!

$1 Million in Grants Awarded to Charter Schools - April 9, 2014

Farash Foundation News Release 

The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation has awarded grants totaling $1 million to six charter schools in Rochester. Four of the grants involve new schools planning to open later this year.


The grants are part of the Foundation’s larger focus on all aspects of education — under the rubric of “Getting to 21” — as one of its top priorities. Support also goes to other educational organizations, including the Rochester City School District.


“Charter schools are now an acknowledged part of the educational landscape in Rochester,” said Theresa Mazzullo, trustee and chair of the Foundation’s Grants Committee. “We believe their contributions here can and will become even more significant as time goes on.”


The grants, supporting start-up costs and facilities enhancement, were made to:

  • Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School, to develop a single K–8 campus on Joseph Avenue.
  • PUC Achieve Charter School, to open a school serving fifth- to eighth-grade students (starting in August with fifth graders).
  • Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts, to open a school for grades K–6 (starting this fall with K–2).
  •  Rochester Preparatory Charter School, to support the opening of a new high school that will serve students from its existing elementary and middle schools.
  • University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men, for the Young Men’s Wellness Initiative.
  • Vertus Charter School, to support the establishment of a new career high school for boys.

2013 Monthly Board of Regents Action Taken - December 2013

In order to view the full items acted on by the Board of Regents, visit: Board of Regents Website


The December 17-18, 2013 meeting, the Board of Regents acted on eight proposed initial charters and charter renewals. The Board of Regents item presented to the P-12 Committee can be found here.


Proposed Initial Charters (All Authorized by the Board of Regents)

  • American Dream Charter School
  • Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School
  • Charter High School for Law and Social Justice
  • Collegiate Academy for Mathematics and Personal Awareness Charter School(CAMPA)
  • Compass Charter School
  • Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts
  • South Bronx Early College Academy Charter School
  • Vertus Charter School

Our Mission

The mission of the Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts is to provide children an enriched and rigorous education through the humanities and arts integration leading to success in college, careers and life.

Our Mission

The mission of the Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts is to provide children an enriched and rigorous education through the humanities and arts integration leading to success in college, careers and life.
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