RSA Our charter school application window opens on December 1, 2023 for the 2024-2025 school year. 

February 23, 2024 
is the cutoff to be placed in the lottery. Applications after that date will be put on the waiting list if no spots are available in the order they are received.

All families will be notified by March 8, 2024 if a seat has been reserved for their student, or if their name has been added to a waiting list.

Our charter school application portal will remain open until the end of August. If it is after that date, we encourage you to contact the charter school of your choosing directly to see if there are current openings.

The application window for the 2024-2025 school year is now open! Click here for the AASD Charter School Online Application

If your student is already enrolled in a charter school another application does not need to be completed to continue attending that charter school. If your student wants to attend a different charter school then an application needs to be completed. Siblings of a student currently attending a charter school also need to complete an application.

Open Enrollment
If a student resides in the Appleton Area School District and completes the charter school application process, they do not need to complete the district’s School of Choice Open Enrollment application.

The Open Enrollment (OE) process is separate from the charter school student application process.

Students living outside the Appleton Area School District must apply for Open Enrollment through the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) in addition to completing the charter school application process.

Transportation for charter school students is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Click here for more information on open enrolling to the Appleton Area School District.

Tour RSA
We strongly recommend taking a tour of RSA! Tours are available on weekday afternoons and are conducted by the director and current RSA students. Click here to schedule a tour with our RSA Administrative Assistant, Chelsey Rockey.

The Arts
The Renaissance School for the Arts offers students courses in dance, visual arts, television/film, music, creative writing, and theater. Honors or AP Social Studies, English Language Arts and physical education requirements are also taken through Renaissance. It is important to note that all regular education students will be expected to take all Social Studies and English Language Arts credits toward graduation, through Renaissance.

The Academics
All RSA Social Studies and ELA classes are either Advanced Placement or Honors level classes.
Students with an IEP or other special education accommodations may be able to take their academic classes through their morning school and, if appropriate, will have their academic classes assigned during an IEP meeting after their acceptance to RSA. 

Renaissance students may have an area(s) of special emphasis within their studies but are also expected to take courses in the other arts disciplines to gain an integrated arts experience.


1. A personal essay
Your personal essay can be written in whichever language you feel most comfortable. You can also choose to present your essay orally by submitting a video.

Please describe why you want to attend Renaissance and include the following:

  • Why do you want to attend Renaissance and what are your expectations?
  • Briefly describe your contributions and involvement in your current middle or high school.
  • What do you perceive to be your strengths and weaknesses in your academic classes
  • Tell us about the art you do and the training you’ve had.
  • How does art fit into your life?
2. A personal art example The personal art example is used to showcase a piece or pieces of art that best represent you. This may be a poem, a video of a dance that you performed by yourself or with an ensemble, a recording of a piece of music that you wrote or performed, a photo that you took, or a photograph/video of a visual arts piece. This is not an exhaustive list and many other examples of art can be submitted. The important thing is that the piece is performed or created by you and that it is the best representation of you, as an artist, that you have.

3. Art & Classroom References
Please complete the following form IMMEDIATELY AFTER you complete the application above.  


For questions: [email protected]

Printable Applications
Applications must be completed and submitted within the application window.

Copies of printed applications are also available at each charter school, our District Welcome Center, and the District Leadership Center.