Renbrook School

Renbrook School Photo #1 - Renbrook School provides students in preschool through grade nine with a robust, purposeful, and developmentally appropriate educational experience of the highest caliber.Small classes in an intimate community of supportive and caring teachers allow for an individualized approach to learningenabling each child to learn to take appropriate risks and identify and cultivate his or her own strengths.
Renbrook School Photo #2 - Now celebrating our 44th season, Renbrook School Summer Adventure is a day camp open to 3 year old through tenth grade students coupled with our Counselor-In-Training Program for eleventh and twelfth grade students. Each program has been carefully developed for each age customized by staff aware of the growth and needs of children. Admission is based on personal qualifications without
Renbrook School Photo #3 - In our science classes, our primary purpose is to increase students' understanding of the scientific way we learn about and understand the universe. We take the long view first and study a variety of processes on planet Earth and the challenges life must overcome to exist on the planet.
Renbrook School Photo #4 - Through a constant variety of hands on activities and projects (topics are often chosen on their own), we show students how science affects their lives. Whether we're in the classroom, walking through our woods and fields, exploring our pond, or keeping up to date with new discoveries on the internet, we are in constant motion.
Renbrook School Photo #5 - Arts and Athletics: 15 sports offerings for grades six through nine with every student participating in physical education. 10 different performing groups in a variety of Arts opportunities.
Renbrook School Photo #6 - From preschool to grade five, we seek to promote students to the Upper School who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners. Lower School embraces a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that recognizes the learning style and developmental needs of each student.
Renbrook School Photo #7 - Buddy Programs are organized by teachers, to pair up classes of older and younger students. For example, the ninth graders are traditionally buddies with the preschoolers or JK students.
Renbrook School Photo #8 - Our cross-curricular STEAM program provides students with the opportunity to learn creatively, using 21st-century skills such as problem-solving, design thinking, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.
Renbrook School Photo #9 - Renbrook School is home to one of Connecticut's original and largest tree-based ropes courses. With both a high- and low-course, students of all ages learn team-building, face fears, build confidence, and challenge their physical and mental fitness.
Renbrook School Photo #10 - We believe that the Visual Arts play a vital part in educating the whole child. At Renbrook, every student has the opportunity to learn how to communicate their ideas visually, as they experiment with new materials. Students are given the technical skills they need to allow them to explore and discover, as they find their own artistic voice.
At Renbrook, we educate the "complete" student-your child will grow intellectually, socially, and ethically.
Renbrook School prepares your preschool to eighth grade child for success at secondary school and beyond.
At Renbrook, your child`s education will be characterized by small classes and personal attention from faculty members.
With about 200 students in each of our Lower and Upper Schools, class sizes of 10:15 are typical.
In this smaller, focused learning environment, your child will have the opportunity to ask questions, share ideas, and to learn-both from dedicated, passionate educators, and from the other students in the class.
We value challenging academic work, but also encourage creativity, versatility, and a balanced, healthy lifestyle.
Most importantly, like few other schools, we support your child`s individual advancement and achievement. This is learning. This is Renbrook.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1935
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students347 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade Renbrook School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers59 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size14 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Casual in grades PS-5th)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$34,500
Tuition NotesTuition listed is for highest grade offered. See website for additional tuition amounts.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$16,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJane Livziey
Admissions AssociateRobin Egan


Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Squash, TennisAlpine SkiingBaseball,
BasketballCross Country,
Field HockeyGymnastics,

School Notes

  • Celebrating our differences brings us together -
  • How does school feel when the "extras" aren't extra? -
  • The Comfort to Stretch the Freedom to Dream -
  • How does middle school feel when your child is known? -
  • An exciting, active, transformational education that brings learning to life, instills values, shapes character, and develops leaders. This is Renbrook.   To learn more, please go to our web site,, where you will find information about our curriculum, current news and events, and details about the admission process. The Office of Admission is also happy to assist you. Please call them at 860.236.1661 x 227.

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    Grades: 6-12 | 232 students
    3.2 miles
    180 Bloomfield Avenue
    Hartford, CT 06105
    (860) 236-5618
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    2 miles
    141 N Main St
    West Hartford, CT 06107
    (860) 236-4565
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    2.9 miles
    170 Kingswood Road
    West Hartford, CT 06119
    (860) 727-5000
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    Grades: 9-12 | 514 students
    1.5 miles
    29 Wampanoag Drive
    West Hartford, CT 06117
    (860) 236-4221
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    5.2 miles
    230 Bushy Hill Road
    Simsbury, CT 06070
    (860) 408-4200
    5.2 6-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
My husband and I feel very thankful for the foundation our daughter is experiencing at Renbrook. The size of the school and investment of the teachers create an environment where holistic learning can really flourish, with many connections across subjects. We see how students are guided to think about big picture issues, and critique history and culture in thoughtful ways. There is also a strong moral compass that we see across all aspects of the school. Even in this time of distance learning, Renbrook is going above-and-beyond to maintain connections with families and a spirit of community. Thank you, Renbrook!
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I can not say enough about the gift that Renbrook has been to my family. We have had two children go through this private school from Pre-k through 8th Grade. My son is sadly graduating this Spring. Both children have had an incredible and nurturing experience for different reasons. The teachers and staff care about each student and their individual strengths. We have had one that needed to be academically pushed and one that needed extra support. Renbrook fosters a love of learning in all types of students! The campus has been like a giant classroom for them. We feel extremely lucky that our kids were able to attend Renbrook and are both ready to take on the world's challenges. Thank you Renbrook teachers!!!!
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Our son joined the Renbrook upper school this fall. We have been very pleased with the quality of education and social dynamics. The adults genuinely care about the whole child and encourage respectful behavior in tandem with a strong work ethic. Our son repeated his 6th grade year, and the contrast from the 6th grade public school curriculum is striking. The math program is well beyond where he finished in 6th grade at our neighborhood elementary school. The most engaging piece for our son is the amount of project-work assigned at Renbrook. He is learning to work collaboratively and budget his time for long-term projects. The upper school achieves a nice balance of blending the necessary requirements of a standard 6th grade curriculum with the curiosity and creativity which are still so much a part of a 12-year-old. The sports program is inclusive and has offered him an opportunity to try new things. The JV teams are fun and allow kids to be a part of a team and gain valuable lessons, without the year-round commitment that often accompanies youth sports today. It can be hard to justify tuition when CT has some outstanding public schools, but for our family the results have been worth it.
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I am forever indebted to Renbrook for providing me the tools to succed in High School, College, and life.
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After visiting several schools in the area for our daughters, RENBROOK SCHOOL, was the easiest decision we had to make. Superb faculty and staff, and a 5 star facility. Waiting to see what the final product looks like. FM
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We're very happy with our decision to send our daughter Renbrook!
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Renbrook provides a solid foundation for its students. I am grateful for the skills and confidence it provided me and how it prepared me for a successful secondary educational career and beyond. The feeling that the school, its faculty and staff, and fellow students have for this special place is immense.
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