Boston Renaissance believes in giving our scholars the tools to exercise positive self-image and inner confidence, thus creating a foundation for future success. This is why we partner with the Junior League of Boston (JLB), an organization dedicated to helping young women explore their talents, find their voice, and practice wellness and self-care.
For over a decade, JLB has helped Boston Renaissance girls in grades 3-5 through Saturday workshops that teach art-related disciplines, emotional and physical wellness, nutrition, and much more.
Beginning in 2021, Boston Renaissance developed a partnership with BC Bigs, a program that matches Boston College students to serve as mentors to Renaissance scholars. The matches are carefully selected to cultivate positive relationships between “bigs” and “littles.” The program teaches our scholars six important values: caring, character, confidence, connection, competence, and curiosity.
As part of our whole-child approach, Boston Renaissance fosters an important partnership with Commonwealth Mobile Oral Health Services (CMOHS). Children who are free from pain and infection show improvement in their classroom studies and test scores thus advancing their ability to excel in school. Scholars receive full care including dental exams, cleanings, fluoride varnish, dental sealants, x-rays, and fillings as needed.
As part of our whole-child approach, Boston Renaissance partners with the New England College of Optometry (NECO). NECO’s Vision Screening Program provides annual vision screenings for our scholars, which include comprehensive eye examinations and appropriate referrals when needed.
The partnership with the Home for Little Wanderers (HFLW) is incredibly beneficial to the Boston Renaissance community as it provides school-based counseling services and support to a number of scholars and their families. The school’s Mental Health Team identifies students who could most benefit from HFLW clinical therapy services in the school setting and then consults with parents/guardians to refer students. Referred students may receive support to build skills in areas such as managing intense emotions, navigating relationship challenges, or strengthening their confidence and overall school performance.
For over 13 years, Boston Renaissance’s partnership with Read to a Child has brought volunteer mentors from around the City of Boston into our school to read to scholars in grades 1-4 weekly during the school year. The program creates an important connection between the reading mentor and the child. This connection bolsters engagement and confidence that all children need to thrive.
Since 2011, Northeastern University’s Language Literacy Program has partnered with Boston Renaissance teachers to supplement classroom learning and increase reading comprehension performance. Graduate students from Northeastern service both K1 and K2 scholars twice a week to build language skills through interactive reading and word/picture identification games. The program contributes to providing a well-rounded education where scholars can enjoy reading across multiple fun and nurturing environments.
Beginning in 2022, Boston Renaissance partnered with sySTEMic flow, an organization that provides educational resources to empower black women to pursue degrees in STEM. Students have the opportunity to participate in enrichment classes and skill-focused seminars that not only encourages scholars to learn about STEM-related fields, but also gives them the tools to assume leadership roles in the industry.
Art is an important part of a Boston Renaissance education. Every scholar is able to apply for scholarship funding through Riverside Theater Works, an organization devoted to entertaining and bringing people from diverse backgrounds together. Riverside Theater Works offers a broad range of programs that help children become more confident and develop better life skills.
Riverside Theater Works has a scholarship program for students that live or attend school in Hyde Park.
Since 2001, Boston Renaissance has partnered with the Steppingstone Foundation, an organization that provides free college-access programs to families who hope to send their children to college, but face obstacles. Steppingstone prepares, supports and advises our scholars and families during the 4th and 5th grade academic years and three summer semesters. Learn more and how to apply here.