Welcome to Our Middle School
Renaissance School of the Arts is the hidden gem of the District 4 community. RSA is an open enrollment middle school, grades 6-8, founded in 2008 by Dr.Tammy Pate. The school focuses on the arts with three majors that students can choose from: band, dance, and visual arts.
The current Principal, Dr. Brian Bradley, took over in 2014. Since then, the standard middle school curricula have expanded to include high school level regents courses in algebra, living environment, and U.S. History for all 8th graders. The arts program has streamlined into a pre-conservatory style, technique based program that students engage in daily. This prepares students to compete in the rigorous admission auditions for specialized NYC high schools. RSA has a small community filled with passionate educators and loving, happy families all working together to promote well-being and success for our students.
RSA will become the premier arts program in District 4. Our students will gain entrance to and be competitive at the top arts high schools in New York City.
Through high level arts courses, the collaborative inquiry process, rigorous academic curricula, explicit social emotional instruction and focus on enhancing for success in all aspects of life. No limits No Boundaries.
Citywide P.S. Art Winners
Congratulations to Elijah Trammel & Alba Castillo whose work is currently exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from June through late October 2022.
2022 Manhattan Borough Arts Festival
Congratulations to Alba Castillo, Naierah Pacheco, and Paiton Robinson. Their art was selected for the MBAF exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art June 2-9.
2021 Manhattan Borough Arts Festival
DANCE: Congratulations to William Rosario, Lucy Torres, Leilani Geigel, and Abu Muhammad Jr. who performed a dance piece called "Give Us Hope," a virtual group collaboration for the MBAF.
2021 Manhattan Borough Arts Festival
Congratulations to band student Lumari Rodriguez for her solo clarinet performance, "What Am I" in this year's virtual MBAF arts festival.
2021 Mahattan Borough Arts Festival
Leilani Minter & Ymani Rivera's artworks were selected for this year's virtual MBAF art exhibit.
Our Latest News
RSA welcomes our new principal, Mr. Wilson!
I want to formally introduce myself to the RSA community. I am not new to the district and have been working and supporting the D4 community for 5 years as an assistant principal. It is with great honor and privilege to now be here at RSA as the principal. I look forward to continuing the great things Dr. Bradley left behind, picking up where he left off with a consistent push for both art and academic excellence. Feel free to reach out with your feedback, needs and wants. Our goal is to support you and our scholars in whatever capacity necessary to achieve success.
Rick Wilson, Principal
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2021 Citywide P.S. Art Winners:
Congratulations to Germany Gonzalez and Reyli Arturo Villalva. Their art will be exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art July thru October 2021, then will be exhibited at Tweed Courthouse.
Reyli Arturo Villalva
2020 Manhattan Borough Arts Festival
Congratulations to Brittania Carr, Ymani Rivera, and Leilani Minter for painting and drawings exhibited in this year's online Manhattan Borough Arts Festival! Leilani was also featured in a video about her process.
2020 Citywide Arts Competition
Congratulations to Germany Gonzalez and Eleny Granado, semifinalist winners in this year's competitive citywide art contest.
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Congratulations to Mr. Gandara and RSA for being selected to partner with the Met Orchestra for master classes and performances for band in 2020 and to develop a new string and orchestra program in 2021.
Adopt a Classroom Grant
2019-2020 Recipient of a $15,000 grant from Burlington Stores to purchase band instruments, lights, and equipment.
2019, 2018, 2017 Cultural After-School Adventures Program (CASA) $10,000 grants from from NYC Council member Diana Ayala
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2019 Citywide Arts Competition
Visual Arts Winner Germany Gonzalez, whose painting was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
2018 Manhattan Borough Arts Festival
Winner, MBAF Performance Arts Showcase, "Aladdin Jr" musical.
2018 NYC Citywide Performance Competition
1st Place Winner, Citywide Performance Arts competition,"The Lion King" musical.