The Renaissance Program is designed to encourage and reward all levels of academic achievement. MacArthur became a Renaissance School in 1994. Student report cards are reviewed each semester. In addition to quarter grades, midterm and final examinations, including Regents, are screened. If a student has all passing grades, the student receives a Renaissance card for that semester. Every subject counts. There are four distinct cards based on the average of that semester's grades: Platinum = 90+average+Honor Society membership; Gold = 90+average; Blue = 80+average; White = 65+ average. Students are entitled to discounts for many school events, as well as various raffles for items like prom tickets, graduation gowns and yearbooks. Students who maintain Renaissance card status every semester for the four years at MacArthur are eligible to apply for several scholarships funded by staff donations. They also receive special recognition in the graduation program, as well as a designation pin for the graduation gown.