Dr. Roland F. DeRenzo has served as the Superintendent of Schools of Colorado Springs Christian Schools, Inc. (CSCS) since July 2000. CSCS is one of the largest Christian schools in Colorado, serving almost 1,000 students from kindergarten through twelfth grade on two campuses. An independent, non-denominational school, CSCS is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI). Dr. DeRenzo is also the President of Handprints Early Education Centers, Inc., teaching toddlers through pre-kindergarten.
CSCS was recently named the #1 Private School in Colorado Springs by the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Approximately 98% of CSCS graduates attend higher education. The U.S. Department of Education honored Colorado Springs Christian Middle School with the Blue Ribbon Award for 2010 which recognizes excellence in education; CSCS was just one of 50 private schools selected in the United States. CSCS was also selected as "2010-2011 School of the Year" this spring by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education for exemplary work achieved by our staff and students. In athletics, over 15 state titles have been won since 2000.
In 2002, Dr. DeRenzo along with the CSCS Board of Directors opened a satellite campus in nearby Woodland Park, Colorado named CSCS of Woodland Park. In 2004, a beautiful $3 million building was purchased and totally renovated and now houses over 100 students enrolled from kindergarten through eighth grade.
In 2007, Dr. DeRenzo created the Lion's Heart Celebration, the school's premier fundraising event. Since that time, he has brought in various keynote speakers including Lt. General Oliver North, Michael Reagan, and this spring, CSCS was honored to welcome Former President George W. Bush as keynote speaker. This annual event not only raises needed funds to supplement tuition but it also is a unique way to include the community and is a good public relations tool.
In January 2008, Dr. DeRenzo, the CSCS Board of Directors, and a small group of business leaders, created an organization called the Lion's Foundation. The Lion's Foundation is part of an overall strategy to change the traditional funding model from tuition-based to a third source model that would make Christian education more affordable. Dr. DeRenzo and the Board of the Lion's Foundation are currently working with a renewable energy corporation in order to help fund the rising cost of tuition for the constituency of CSCS. Dr. DeRenzo has served as the President of this Foundation since its inception.
Prior to moving to Colorado in 2000, Dr. DeRenzo was privileged to be involved in Christian education and ministry at Plymouth Christian Academy (PCA) and Calvary Church in Canton, Michigan for 22 years. In his early years at PCA, he served as physical education teacher and athletic director. After receiving his master's degree in Guidance and Counseling, he became the Guidance Director at PCA, and then was promoted to high school Principal. The last fourteen years in Michigan, Dr. DeRenzo was Superintendent of PCA's pre-school through twelfth grade Academy. While Superintendent, he also served as Executive Pastor of the founding church, Calvary Baptist for ten years. In 1995, he was named Senior Pastor of the church while retaining the responsibilities of being the Superintendent of the Academy until God called Dr. DeRenzo to the present ministry in Colorado.
Dr. DeRenzo has a B.S. in Education from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, a M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Eastern Michigan University, a Master's degree in Theology from International Seminary, and in 1990, an earned doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova University in Florida. Roland met his wife, Sally, while both attended Grace College. They have been married 38 years and have a grown son and daughter.
Dr. DeRenzo is currently teaching evening Leadership courses at Colorado Christian University as an affiliate instructor of graduate and undergraduate studies at the Colorado Springs campus. While in Michigan, he also served as adjunct professor at Michigan Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. The past seven seasons, he has been privileged to serve as the chaplain for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the triple A team for the Colorado Rockies baseball team. Dr. DeRenzo also serves on various local boards and committees such as the Marian House, Interim Health Care Hospice, etc. He is also a national speaker on leadership development, team building and education issues.