Students enrolled 120
Hours 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
School leader Head of School - Leslie A. Hites
Transportation options None
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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3668 Dimond Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

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(510) 531-8566
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5 stars
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March 03, 2012
TRS is the only school in the East Bay that truly offers it all -- foreign language, music, art, science -- in an emotionally supportive environment which encourages exploration, creativity and instills a true love of learning from preschool onwards. TRS is education and community at its very best!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
At TRS each child is treated as a creative being who passions and learning styles are as unique as snowflakes. The high teacher-student ratio means that children frequently receive one-on-one lessons. From the preschool - K levels all the concepts are taught in concrete, tangible terms. Mathematics, geography, written language comprehension - everything is taught through hands on and sensory materials. The result is that children at TRS are reading & writing and comprehending basic math at very early ages. Although the children of TRS advance quickly in academics, the culture of the school is not focused on achievement. The focus is on each child expressing their unique potential. Whether it is teaching a 2 yr old how to dress themselves, or teaching a 4 yr old how to cook chicken tikka masala - the focus is on self confidence and independence. The children learn new skills - from practical life skills to academics - as a way to help them trust in their own abilities and to open new worlds of exploration for themselves. When a child learns to do something on their own and is no longer reliant on the help of an adult - the look of pure joy and pride is incredible.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2010
My 3 year old daughter is so much more confident, capable and often sited as more advanced than 6 year olds by other preschool teachers. This school provides all the skills to be successful in education and society. More and more Emotional Intelligence plays a role in a person's success and your child will learn that here. Really I am a TRS lifer!!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2010
My son started at TRS when he was just 2 and is now about to enter 1st grade. The school has been amazing for him. The combination of a nurturing primary program and an intellectually stimulating environment has helped my little boy blossom. At 6, he is an enthusiastic learner, has a close group of friends, and is wonderfully self-confident. The multi-age classroom has been a blessing, allowing him to go through the journey of little kid to wise mentor.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2010
Our kids have been at TRS for 3 years now and it's been a great experience. The language immersion is second to none. You won't find any school in the area with such great focus on language (french, spanish, english), music, arts, and academics. When we first heard of the school, we didn't know much about Montessori principles. After seeing the program and watching our kids grow into this environment, my wife and I can't imagine a better way to learn.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2008
Both our kids attended preschool at The Renaissance over the last 8 years, one currently, and one a few years ago. This is an excellent preschool, and especially for working parents who want a rich, safe, and attentive all day program). It is rich with the Montessori focus on independent learning, a wonderful focus on language arts, (after 2 years our little one has picked up an amazing amount of Spanish comprehension because of their immersion approach with multi-lingual staff), music (fantastic music staff following the Kodaly method for choral/instrumental instruction) - they have a great choir program, and art (again, fantastic art staff and facilities that actually teach art skills while engaging the kids). This school cannot be compared to the 'typical' part day 'play' or 'arts and crafts' type preschool that is so predominant everywhere.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
This school is the best kept secret in the Bay Area. I have looked at many schools and no other offers such a passionate music program, thoughtful bi-lingual program (French and Spanish), and true Montessori program. It's small and in a diverse urban neighborhood, which adds another dimension. A great school for those who believe in Montessori and want their children to grow up to be interesting people.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2006
Great staff, very commited! Principal very knowledgeable in child psychology and very keen on providing the best environment for kids and the teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
March 03, 2006
Good music and art curricllum, montessori education.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2006
We sent our daughter at age 3 yrs and have been extremely pleased with the very hight quality of the music (up to 3.5 hrs/week) art (up to 2 hrs/week) and Spanish (semi-emersion with daily lessons in Spanish and 1 of 3 teachers speaking Spanish at all times) The Montasorri curriculum both academically and socially is very strong and the environment is warm and loving. The school offers after school programs including gymnastics, dance, chorus, instrumental instruction and a wide variety of summer programs. There is a very active parent group as well as an excellent series of parenting classes and seminars.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2004
This is an excellent school which follows a classic Montessori approach. Classes are small and each student is challenged to perform to the best of his/her abilities every day. The music program is world class, beginning at the primary (3 year old) level. By the time children are in elementary school they are reading music with ease. This school sets very high standards and teaches respect for the learning environment while at the same time providing a loving and supportive community and dealing with each child as a unique individual.

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June 03, 2004
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The Renaissance School is an international community with faculty and student families from different 25 different countries. The classrooms are bilingual (either English/Spanish or English/French)at the preschool - K level and tri-lingual (English/Spanish/French) at the elementary and middle school level. The second and third language teachers are all Spanish or French native speakers. We currently have 155 students enrolled in our program.

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The Renaissance School
3668 Dimond Avenue, Oakland, CA  94602
(510) 531-8566
Last modified The Renaissance School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
The Renaissance School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews. Top