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Welcome to Athens Renaissance School

Your child's education.  Your way.

Athens Renaissance School is a K-12 online and blended student-centered school offering personalized educational options for students in Athens and across the Tennessee Valley.  An innovative program of Athens City Schools, Athens Renaissance uses a progressive education model to provide your child with the best education possible. Our unique educational approach allows us to tailor an education that is specific to each learner.

Athens Renaissance School uses a variety of customizable curricula developed by some of the best minds in education. These rigorous, content-rich academic programs meet or exceed state standards across all subject areas. Students demonstrate their knowledge and skills through state standardized tests. 

As a student at Athens Renaissance, you are partnering with a team of knowledgeable and experienced educators dedicated to supporting students and parents on their pathway to success. Highly qualified teachers work to monitor student progress and content mastery while providing professional insight, instruction and support. Our administrative staff is committed to the success of every student.

We know that choosing the best learning experience for your child is an important decision. We encourage you to learn more about our program and how it can benefit your child. Our dedicated staff is here to assist you as you go through this exciting endeavor.  On behalf of everyone at Athens Renaissance School, welcome to the beginning of an educational journey that is uniquely yours.


Dr. Nelson Brown, Principal

Dr. Nelson Brown, Director

Dr. Nelson Brown is the principal at Athens Renaissance School. He served as teacher, assistant principal, and principal in Madison prior to joining ARS in 2017. Brown earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Athens State University, his Master of Science from the University of West Alabama, his Ed. S. from Walden University, and his Ed.D. from Walden University. He is happily married to his wife Suzie and they have three sons, Nelson Jr., Kobe, and Branden.  

Phone: 256.771.7147



Mrs. Catherine Preston, Assistant Principal


Mrs. Preston previously served and educated as an elementary classroom teacher and instructional technology facilitator in Limestone County Schools before joining Athens Renaissance School in 2020. She earned her bachelors degree in elementary education from The University of Alabama and her master of arts as well as her education specialist degree in instructional leadership from the University of West Alabama. Mrs. Preston is a native of Limestone County. She is married to Ben Preston of East Limestone and they have two daughters, Savannah and Everly. Mrs. Preston also has two yorkiepoo puppies, Rosie and Remi, that love spending time outdoors. Mrs. Preston and her family are active members of Fairview Baptist Church of East Limestone. They enjoy spending time outside, attending volleyball and softball games, and playing a family game of Rummikub.  

Phone: 256.771.7147