Elementary School

An elementary school is an institution where children receive the first stage of compulsory education known as elementary or primary education. Elementary school is the preferred term in some countries, In the Renaissance Education Foundation (REF), elementary schools offer education from the kindergarten level to a grade between 3rd and 8th. These ranges have fluctuated notably over time, and also vary from community to community.
Scholarship Policy (SP)
The Board of Education believes that the education of children is a joint responsibility, one it shares with the parents of the school community. To ensure that the best interests of the child are served in this process, a strong program of communication between home and school must be maintained.
The parents have the right to participate in the education of their children as well as the ultimate responsibility for their children’s in-school behavior, including the behavior of students who have reached the legal age of majority, but are still, for all practical purposes, under parental authority.

The Board recommends that the following activities be implemented to encourage parent-school cooperation:

parent-teacher conferences to permit two-way communication between home and school meetings of staff members and groups of parents of those students having special abilities, disabilities, needs, or problems special events of a cultural, ethnic, or topical nature which are initiated by parent groups, involve the cooperative effort of students and parents, and are of general interest to the schools or community.

open houses in District schools to provide parents with the opportunity to see the school facilities, meet the faculty, and sample the program on a first hand basis Each school in the District shall hold an open house at least annually.

For the benefit of children, the Board believes that parents have a responsibility to encourage their child’s career in school by:supporting the schools in requiring that the children observe all school rules and regulations, and by accepting their own responsibility for children’s willful in-school behavior; sending children to school with proper attention to their health, personal cleanliness, and dress;maintaining an active interest in the student’s daily work and making it possible for the student to complete assigned homework by providing a quiet place and suitable conditions for study; reading all communications from the school, signing, and returning them promptly when required;Cooperating with the school in attending conferences set up for the exchange of information of the child’s progress in school.

Parent Involvement Policy
The Board of Education believes that the education of children is a joint responsibility, one it shares with the parents of the school community. To ensure that the best interests of the child are served in this process, a strong program of communication between home and school must be maintained.
The parents have the right to participate in the education of their children as well as the ultimate responsibility for their children’s in-school behavior, including the behavior of students who have reached the legal age of majority, but are still, for all practical purposes, under parental authority.
The Board recommends that the following activities be implemented to encourage parent-school cooperation:
parent-teacher conferences to permit two-way communication between home and
school meetings of staff members and groups of parents of those students having special abilities, disabilities, needs, or problems special events of a cultural, ethnic, or topical nature which are initiated by parent groups, involve the cooperative effort of students and parents, and are of general interest to the schools or community.
open houses in District schools to provide parents with the opportunity to see the school facilities, meet the faculty, and sample the program on a first hand basis
Each school in the District shall hold an open house at least annually.
For the benefit of children, the Board believes that parents have a responsibility to encourage their child’s career in school by:
supporting the schools in requiring that the children observe all school rules and regulations, and by accepting their own responsibility for children’s willful in-school behavior; sending children to school with proper attention to their health, personal cleanliness, and dress;
maintaining an active interest in the student’s daily work and making it possible for the student to complete assigned homework by providing a quiet place and suitable conditions for study;
reading all communications from the school, signing, and returning them promptly when required;
Cooperating with the school in attending conferences set up for the exchange of information of the child’s progress in school.
Summary of Parent Involvement
Renaissance Education Foundation Higher Secondary School places a high priority on parent involvement, as evidenced by the funding of the Family Connection Program. Traditionally, parent involvement is high in the lower grades and tends to drop off as children get older.
The Family Connection maintains a volunteer-staffed office at each building. Parents are encouraged to call with general questions and often work on projects for staff and teachers. A volunteer form goes out in our back-to-school mailings, offering at least 20 ways to stay involved at each building. The Family Connection Office continues to strive to increase parent involvement on all levels from “volunteers” to “partners”. As an example, each volunteer form offers the option to serve on a school committee during the year. Administrators have drawn from that list many times this year, including soliciting parent input on updating the student policy manual at SHS. Nineteen parents attended different meetings and played a major part of the decision making process.
Renaissance Education Foundation Higher Secondary School emphasized school to home communication via many forms, including:
Written communication is by regular building newsletters and our local newspaper. The REF Journal now employs an Education Reporter working with all school districts in the county. In addition, we provide information on special student achievements and activities in a weekly “Chalk Talk” column. Many informational and reminder flyers are sent home with students. Individual “Good News” postcards are mailed home with personal notes from teachers. Emphasis is placed on making the first communication with parents positive.
Face-to-face opportunities are Open Houses and “Back to School” . This year we were successful in increasing attendance at school functions by “piggybacking” events. The idea is to give busy parents more than one reason to attend. For instance, PAC meetings and book fairs were held in conjunction with fall open houses. Orientation meetings are held in the spring for parents and students to help prepare those students who will make a transition to a new building in the fall.
Telephone lines are maintained for Family Connection Offices with recorded information on upcoming events, plus the opportunity to leave messages with any questions. With district technology upgrades, there are now four phones lines in campus contact between parents and school management and will be expected in every classroom, so phone contact between parents and teachers will be improved.
Computer technology has improved communication for those with internet access. Power School is a valuable tool for monitoring their child’s attendance and work habits, along with the opportunity to e-mail teachers immediately with any questions. School calendars, daily announcements and Skills Tutor, offering homework help for students (and parents) working at all levels are also available from the REF’s web-site www.reduf.org
This year the Family Connection maintained a page on the web-site offering a “news” page that was updated frequently, along with links to information for each building, parent calendars, and current volunteer options. Our News page featured summer hours for school libraries and computer labs, along with a link to local “Summer Fun and Learning Opportunities”.
Volunteer hours are logged at the Family Connection Office. Every effort is made to identify active volunteers, but there are areas such as individual field trips where volunteer hours are difficult to determine volunteers logged 1825 hours including working for the Athletic Boosters in the concession stand at home events, and are not included in the following.
REF Higher Secondary School newsletter, preparation and staffing the Family Connection office. REF Youth and Family office, assisted by the Family Connection office, sponsors several functions each year including a Progressive Parties. Hours were also counted in support in Conference, Leadership Workshops. So many activities at the campus take place after school hours that it is difficult to document all volunteers. Many volunteers assisted with the Music Classes, homecoming float assembly, school academic activities and presentations.
REF teams rank themselves on the indicators of academic Performance, indicators that are based on research and best practice. The culmination of this accreditation process is a report card, with letter grades (see below):
Message from Board of executive
We welcome you and are delighted that you chose Renaissance Education Foundation (REF) (HSSC) to be your child’s education and training institution. We value our communication with parents, pupils and staff and look forward to many years of educating the children who join us. We sincerely hope that our association will be a long and meaningful one and that together we can work towards providing an equal opportunity for the children at REF-HSSC to grow, develop and change in all respects. Our girls are enterprising and ambitious, full of purpose and energy. We hope that you will gain a sense of identity, ethos and culture of the REF education enterprise from the pages that follow.
At Desk of Education Committee
The Education Committee, which comprises of six members, plays its important role in overseeing affairs of the college. Education Committee highlighted a variety of topics including academic performance, results and follow-up, effective College management, and the nurturing of Renaissance Education Foundation (REF) spirit.
College academic Year
The College Year is divided into three terms: The College academic year begins from September August and concludes in July. The three terms for FSc (pre-medical, pre-engineering) I-Com, ICS General Science and FA.
Admission Policy Criteria
Admissions are normally taken FSc, FA level. It is the College policy to mould and train the students from the very initial years of learning. This helps them to comprehend and grasp the language, Spoken, Writing and IT Skills concepts, values, and skills taught at our college. In this manner the students are acculturated into the REF system and culture, helping them in the transition from 1st year of admission. Students are normally admitted upon evidence of having passed the public examination of the preceding stage of education, the Matriculation as the case may be and upon satisfying the committee on admissions of their qualification and aptitude for further study, The rules of the Board of any education regarding admissions are observed. The students who have taken the Senior Cambridge/ “O” level Examination are admitted in the first year class. They are required to apply for admission on the prescribed form and to submit the academic certificates and a satisfactory certificate from the institution last attended attesting to their successful completion of Senior Cambridge/”O” level Examination.
Documentation Required for Admission A Photostat copy of the result card and a recent photograph of the candidate must accompany the admission application. At the time of admission the students are required to furnish the following documents, which will be attested by committee concerned after verification.
Two Photocopies of the result card.A photocopy of a character certificate from the Headmasters/Principal of the Schools.Four recent passport size photographs of the applicant, bearing name, father’s name, admission form number and marks obtained.Photocopy of the father’s National Identity Card. Senior Cambridge/”O” level candidates seeking admission must submit an equivalence certificate (Original and photocopy are required from the Inter-Board committee of Chairperson.Matric candidates seeking admission are required to submit an NOC (No objection certificate) from the concerned board. Original NOC and photocopy are required
Declaration
Before admission every student and his father/guardian are required to sign the following declaration.
“ I do hereby declare that I am applying for admission to REF College with the express approval of my father/guardian and accept as binding on me all rules and regulations in force in the college at the time of entering and subsequently as long as I am a student of the College. I accept the discipline of the college as exercised through its teachers and administrative officers, the rules made by the principal, the college council, or the Board of Governors and I understand that the Principal has the power of detaining students either before or at the time of the Board of Examination if the college or Board requirements are not fulfilled”I accept as a condition of my admission the authority of the principal to require that a student withdraw his name from the rolls of the college if, in the opinion of the Principal, her stay is not conducive to the welfare either of herself or others in the college. If I should fail to withdraw my name immediately after being called upon to do so, It may be struck off the college rolls. I will not involve myself in any unhealthy political, social, moral or religious activities, which in the opinion of the College administration and college Council is not conducive to education, learning and character development. I declare, that all of the information given in my application is true and that the signatures of parent/guardian are genuine.(False statements or signatures will be cause for automatic rejection of the application or admission as the case may be”
Parents/Guidance Signature
Budget for Building
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Our Success Stories

The following are three stories from people who were greatly impacted by the REF program.“Let me introduce myself. My Name is Sunita Munzoor and I was the student in Renaissance Education Foundation (REF) in 2001. I completed a one year diploma in computer science (DCS). It was a great experience for me to get computer education. According to my family’s financial position, I couldn’t move forward in society, Renaissance Education Foundation (REF) offered different computer courses to the needy in Youhanabad’s area. It was the light of hope for the area of Youhanabad as it was for me.After one year I proudly declare that I successfully earned a diploma in computer sciences. After completion of my computer education REF helped me to find a good job. It was there policy to give jobs to the best student of the year, and I am pleased to inform you that I was the most successful girl of the college. I got a job in the government sector where Christians couldn’t get jobs. Now I am the only learned lady in my family facing many opportunities because of God’s blessings and REF College who gave me the opportunity to uplift my family.”
Another story is written by Kaiynnat Nadeem:
“I along with a team of dedicated students visited our nearest community “Asif town”. We visited some families who do not send their children to school and we tried to spread the awareness of education and encouraged them to send their children to school. During our visitation we visited a family. The father of three children (Humaira, Mehvish and Abram) was at home, but when he saw us he vanished. We thought that he h ad gone to bring cold drinks for us but there was another reason. When still there after 20 minutes he was not back we were informed that he was at the shop. We went to the shop to bring him back to the home but he was not there. Then somebody again informed us he was on the roof of his house. We went to the roof and made him agree to discuss their problem. When he was ready, he came back to his home and the discussion started. During the discussion we came to know that he had torn the bags, books, and uniforms of his children, and he had certain clashes with his wife and his children were the target of those clashes. However we tried to solve their clashes and they were ready to send their children to school. Then another problem appeared. They said, “We are poor and cannot afford the expenditures of school”. So we looked for the reliable sources within the community and collected some money for them. We provided them uniforms, bags and books and they were able to continue with their studies. Now the children are back to school and studying well. Now they are preparing themselves for their second term examination.”
Finally here is a story from two young ladies whose lives were dramatically changed for the better: “We are Amber and Iram Nasir. Recently we have done our matriculation. We have an excellent ten years experience in Renaissance Education Foundation (REF).We also have an experience of studying in another private school that did not have qualified staff nor many facilities or activities for the students. There was not any creative work. They gave lots of homework and also beat the students. We did not like that school.