Nonprofit Spotlight Presented by The Dennis M. & Lois A. Doyle Family Foundation
Spotlighting the work of Renaissance Learning Center
Renaissance Learning Center, in its 14th year as a charter school, develops and provides effective education and tailored therapy programs for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) between the ages of 3 and 14.
The school’s curriculum in based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and quality special education programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of each student.
The learning center intends to prepare its students to be as independent, self-sufficient and socially interactive as possible. The school is dedicated to ensuring that all services and types of support will be designed and delivered to respect the dignity and uniqueness of each person.
The goal is to transition each student to a less restrictive environment, with the appropriate supports in place to maximize their success.
Renaissance Learning Center has been recognized twice by the Florida Department of Education for its best practices in educating students with ASD and is currently serving 102 children and their families.
The governing board was also recognized in the same grant for excellence in managing and operating a charter school. It is comprised of parents, educators and business professionals, several of whom are active in other local nonprofit organizations supporting individuals with ASD.
When the Ernie Els Center of Excellence is built in Jupiter in 2015, the school will be housed at the new center, along with the Renaissance Learning Academy, a charter high school serving teens and young adults with an ASD, and the Autism Project of Palm Beach County’s new Adult Services Program.
The Nonprofit Spotlight, established by The Dennis M. and Lois A. Doyle Family Foundation in partnership with Sun Sentinel Charities, spotlights local nonprofits and the people behind them that make South Florida a great place to live. The award is provided to one nonprofit in Broward County and one in Palm Beach County.
“This award pays tribute to the many charitable organizations that quietly but effectively serve our community,” said Doyle Family Foundation Founder, Denny Doyle. “The Doyle Award wants to recognize these organizations and the people who without fanfare carry out their mission.”
For the past 20 years, the Doyle Family Foundation has endowed more than 100 scholarships and events in the name of outstanding individuals, institutions and nonprofit organizations that have had a significant impact on their communities.
Lisa Hause, left, and Jonathan Hause, 12,
Mark Tourangeau, left, Christy Kearce, Tim Tavis, Lisa Hauser, Debra Johnson and Greg Giambalvo
Julian, 4 ( PHOTOS BY KARA STARZYK)