Renaissance High School in Detroit, MI - Niche

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Renaissance High School is a public school in Detroit, Michigan. It has 1,096 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 60% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 584 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

6565 West Outer Dr
Detroit, MI 48235
(313) 416-4600

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3.5 from 584 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 2
    Overall Experience: When I first came to this school in 2011, it was in the process of changing many of the administrative members, but had not yet made the transition. Looking back, my freshman year in the 2011-2012 school year was the best I have spent there. The teachers were dedicated and challenging, the overall school atmosphere was generally free, there were more electives and clubs, and the students were intelligent and active. Since the new administration and many changes being made, each year has gotten worse. They have taken away the a la carte in the lunchroom, and during my final year at this school seem to have completely stopped ordering a variety of lunches and serve the same thing at least twice a week (keep in mind that none of these lunches are particularly healthy or tasty). The new disciplinary system implemented a detention program, which is simply defined as sitting in the cafeteria in a chair (away from the tables) and doing, quite literally nothing, is harmful for a multitude of reasons. The student body has become more vacuous, and the teachers are either constantly changing, slacking in the work they give students, or messing up grades. The truly good and experienced instructors are few and usually only teach the higher grades (who will likely be ill prepared for them). The wifi has issues, the building has issues that range from being hot in the warmer months and cold in the winter, and suffered from frequent blackouts until this year. The school needs work in every area, and every student who entered in 2011 and the years before can attest to this. I wouldn't recommend attending this school if you want the most out of your high school experience.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: Just stay focused and don't get caught up in the drama!
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: It the best academic school in the city of Detroit
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I do feel as though Renaissance prepared me for college and gave me a good foundation to start off with
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Overall Experience: I absolutely loved this school. I met my two best friends there, my favorite teacher, I had a class that helped me decide what my major was going to be when I got to college, and it's the highest ranking high school in the city of Detroit. I would definitely choose this school over and over. I'm really happy I made the right decision to attend there.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
1.33 Old Redford Academy - High School 1 mi. 877
1.66 Oak Park High School 3 mi. 1,510
2.33 Ferndale High School 3 mi. 805

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 63%
Male 36%

Student Diversity

Renaissance High School United States Ferndale High School Oak Park High School Old Redford Academy - High School
African American 98.0% 15.0% 57.0% 97.0% 100%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0%
White 0% 51.0% 32.0% 2.0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 2.8% 5.0% 0% 0%
Asian 0% 4.8% 2.0% 0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 25.0% 1.0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 29.9%
Grade 10 25.0%
Grade 11 22.2%
Grade 12 22.9%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 63 responses

  • 49% Yes
  • 25% Not sure.
  • 25% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 47 responses

  • 28% Preparation for college
  • 25% Academics
  • 21% Extra curriculum activities
  • 17% Staff and Students
  • 6% Friends
  • 3% Nothing

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 48 responses

  • 33% The electric system has problems sometimes.
  • 22% Teachers act like students don''t have a life
  • 18% Lunches are not the best
  • 10% Not allowed to use elevators
  • 7% Not enough of a varied extracurricular program.
  • 5% Some teachers weren't that great
  • 3% Building
  • 2% Class hours too long
  • 1% Terrible Disciplinary System

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 46 responses

  • 46% College preporartory courses
  • 17% Intelligence
  • 17% Rigorous work load
  • 17% The work load and college readiness classes.
  • 2% It's good reputation

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 45 responses

  • 53% Hardworking
  • 24% Time-consuming
  • 20% Ever-rising
  • 2% Intlligent
  • 0% Inconsistent

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 48 responses

  • 44% All of the above
  • 38% Learn how to study and manage your time
  • 10% Don't get distracted
  • 8% Learn how to study

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 40 responses

  • 10% I love everything about this school.
  • 72% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 15% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 2% I hate everything about this school.