The Renaissance era is known for having a profound effect on art, architecture, literature, and education in Europe during the 14th century.
For Brockbank Junior High students, ‘Renaissance’ also means a dynamic shift in grade point averages and citizenship participation marks.
Using a model developed by Jostens, Brockbank administrators and teachers have implemented a system of recognition for students who improve their GPA and CPA during a term. Students who meet certain benchmarks are rewarded with various prizes as an extra incentive to push their academic experience forward.
“By the end of the year, students have become aware of the advantages of good grades and citizenship and the number of Renaissance students increases,” said Brockbank teacher Karel McDonough.
Renaissance students must have at least a 3.0 Citizenship score to participate, and awards are given at certain levels: Gold: 4.0 GPA; Silver: 3.5 to 3.99; Bronze: 3.0 to 3.499. Two years ago Borckbank added a Platinum level for students who achieve a 4.0 GPA and a 4.0 Citizenship (CPA). Since that time the number of Platinum awards has doubled and the total number of Renaissance students each year is just over half the student body.
Students develop a team mentality in helping each other reach their goals. When the time for disseminating prizes rolls around, the line of recipients stretches out the door.