Sara Johnson

Head of School
Renaissance School
College Preparatory Upper School

Sara C. Johnson was born in Louisville, KY and graduated with honors from Indiana State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Art degree in painting and photography, with a minor in art history. Sara continued her studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she earned a Master of Fine Art degree in media art. While living in Knoxville, Sara taught video and photography courses for the University of Tennessee, School of Art.
Sara has been at Charlottesville’s Renaissance School since 2002, when she began teaching studio art. In 2009 Sara joined the School Executive Committee as Dean of Students, and in 2011 Sara was welcomed by the Board of Directors as Renaissance School’s second Head of School.
At Renaissance School, Sara worked to build a strong foundational program of academics centered on creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. Sara is committed to serving high ability students, setting high standards for individual achievement, recognizing national standards as well as each student’s needs and goals.
Sara believes education must balance physical activity, the arts, humanities, and the sciences in an environment of interdisciplinary learning. Additionally, Sara believes the art of teaching high ability students relies on a team of faculty who individually are professionals and experts in their field and who work together on the big picture of the student’s overall experience.