Renbrook School

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Renbrook School Photo #1 - Renbrook School provides students in preschool through grade eight 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 learning enabling each child to learn to take appropriate risks and identify and cultivate his or her own strengths.
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Renbrook School Photo #1 - Renbrook School provides students in preschool through grade eight 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 learning enabling each child to learn to take appropriate risks and identify and cultivate his or her own strengths.
Renbrook School Photo #2 - Our Athletics department guides students towards finding a lifelong love of fitness, sports, exercise, health, and play. Physical Education and Athletics programs offer age-appropriate activities to meet each student's physical, emotional, and cognitive development. The sequential curriculum builds individual skills and teaches about the importance of health and wellness, while emphasizing cooperation, respect for self and others, teamwork, and competition.
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 - 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.
Renbrook School Photo #5 - 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 #6 - Our cross-curricular STEAM program begins with our youngest preschool students and continues through Grade 8, providing students with the opportunity to learn creatively, and utilize skills such as problem-solving, design thinking, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Older students create virtual worlds through the study of video games, learn to build and code, and tackle advanced design projects using everyday objects.
Renbrook School Photo #7 - Buddy Programs are organized by teachers, to pair up classes of older and younger students. Seventh and eighth graders are traditionally buddies with the preschoolers or Junior Kindergarten students. Students spend time together playing and working on projects, fostering community and building confidence at all ages.
Renbrook School Photo #8 - Learning at Renbrook is not limited to the classroom; our pond, woods, trails, Challenge Course, sports fields, and cultivated gardens, provide a safe, varied, and beautiful outdoor classroom and learning laboratory. With more than 30 established spaces across campus, outdoor learning abounds at Renbrook, and our students thrive!
Renbrook School Photo #9 - Now celebrating our 49th 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.
Renbrook School Photo #10 - We build community one relationship at a time, cultivating bonds of admiration and respect that bring out each child's best self. Reciprocal trust and high standards of behavior create classrooms where children feel comfortable taking risks, showing vulnerability, and engaging in lively debate. We know each child and each family, helping them understand their important place in the Renbrook family.
Renbrook is home to more than 340 diverse students and puts children at the center of their learning in small classes where creativity and curiosity abound.
Our tight-knit community of commited parents, focused on similar values, helps create a strong school-family connection setting students up for success.
At Renbrook, your child's needs are placed at the center of their learning journey, and caring adults make it their mission to know and love them, to guide, nurture, and challenge their evolving capacity to own their own destiny.
Your child will develop a strong mathematical foundation, a love of reading and the ability to write with clarity and strength, and the character values to lead with integrity and determination.
But most of all, your child will love coming to school, will create relationships that last a lifetime, and will be known - profoundly and deeply.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CT School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 347 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $34,500
  • Acceptance rate: 79%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Renbrook School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Connecticut for:

Category
Attribute

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Year Founded
1935
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
347 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
17%
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
Renbrook School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
59 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
53%
Average Class Size
14 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition listed is for highest grade offered. See website for additional tuition amounts.
% on Financial Aid
26%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$16,000
Acceptance Rate
79%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Amy Samenuk
Admissions Associate
Robin Egan

Sports

School Notes

  • WATCH OUR VIDEOS TO LEARN MORE:
  • Celebrating our differences brings us together -https://vimeo.com/245265490
  • How does school feel when the"extras" aren't extra? -https://vimeo.com/245265629
  • The Comfort toStretch the Freedom to Dream - https://vimeo.com/245265531
  • How does middle school feel when your child is known? -https://vimeo.com/245265598
  • 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, www.renbrook.org, 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.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Renbrook School cost?
Renbrook School's tuition is approximately $34,500 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Renbrook School?
The acceptance rate of Renbrook School is 79%, which is higher than the national average of 69%.
Does Renbrook School offer a summer program?
Yes, Renbrook School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Renbrook School offer?
Renbrook School offers 12 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Squash and Tennis.
What is Renbrook School's ranking?
Renbrook School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Connecticut for: Largest student body.
When is the application deadline for Renbrook School?
The application deadline for Renbrook School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Calendar

View the Renbrook School yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

Event
Date
2:00 PM All School Dismissal: Spring Break Begins
March 08, 2024 (Friday)
Spring Break
March 09, 2024 (Saturday)
Spring Break
March 10, 2024 (Sunday)
Spring Break
March 11, 2024 (Monday)
Vacation Care Available March 11-15: Spring Break
March 11, 2024 (Monday)

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (14 reviews)
5  
Best school I could ask for as a parent of three children. The teachers truly know and understand my kids and care deeply about their learning -- intellectual, social, emotional., and physical. I am so grateful to this school for being thoughtful about how best to teach and what needs to be taught. The faculty encourages communication and partner to support individual growth.
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I have two children at Renbrook, one who started in Kindergarten and another who started in 4th grade. Both have had an exceptional experience with individualized instruction made possible by the small class size. Having 11 - 13 kids per class is a true benefit. Socially, they both have found a number of great friends, and the administrators and teachers are very attuned to social dynamics and responsive to any issues that may arise - accommodating friend requests for classroom placement when appropriate. One of my children needs reading support and that program is excellent, providing individual instruction and many tools to help them improve their reading skills.
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5  
Renbrook has been incredible for our son. He switched there from a very good public school but where he was lacking the individual attention and creativity he needed. At a friend's recommendation, we went to a trial day at Renbrook for 5th grade and that kid came out after one day a changed student. He was happy, confident, and excited to go to school. He was incredibly disappointed to know that he couldn't go back the next day. He was enrolled the next year and never looked back. He made every day count and the students and faculty made him feel welcome every day and be the best student and person he could be. While expensive, we never regretted the investment. It is truly an incredible school.
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Renbrook has been an absolutely amazing school for my son. He has attended since fifth grade and is getting ready to graduate this year. Renbrook comes across in all its marketing materials and admissions experiences as a strong school, but you never really know until you commit. The school has surpassed our expectations and my son is so well prepared to enter high school. There are many teachers at Renbrook who have shown sincere care and affection for him and have made such a lasting impression on him. It's an amazing school.
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Renbrook is truly a magical place. The teachers are amazing, caring, passionate, and dedicated. My son and daughter come home happy every day. Even though there is an easy-going feel to Renbrook, the students are challenged academically. In addition to the fabulous teachers, the administrative staff is top-notch. Everyone comes together as a team to make Renbrook the place you want to be.
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5  
We have four daughters that have graduated from or are currently at Renbrook and I cannot say enough about the wonderful learning ecosystem. From the dynamic, hands-on learning to incorporating the natural habitat around them into the curriculum to the amazing, passionate, and caring teachers and staff, our girls are challenged, celebrated, and happy. As a community-oriented family, it's important to us that our children are educated on civic leadership responsibilities and respect and Renbrook instills lifelong values. It's a wonderful, joyous purpose-led community that has also done a terrific job navigating through COVID under Headmaster Sigrist's leadership.
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5  
We've been at Renbrook for the past three years, with children now in 2nd and Kindergarten. The teachers and students of the school are such a close-knit community in which our children feel happy, comfortable, and excited to be a part. As parents, school communication is so interactive that we always feel connected to our children's learning without having to ask. We have been so grateful for all that Renbrook offers our family and can't wait to continue watching them grow through 8th grade.
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5  
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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5  
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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5  
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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5  
I am forever indebted to Renbrook for providing me the tools to succed in High School, College, and life.
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5  
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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5  
We're very happy with our decision to send our daughter Renbrook!
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5  
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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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CT School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 347 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $34,500
  • Acceptance rate: 79%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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