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The Renaissance School

Private | PK-8 | 155 students

 

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Posted March 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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!!
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
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Posted 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


Posted June 6, 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


Posted March 3, 2006

Good music and art curricllum, montessori education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 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


Posted 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 34%
White 30%
Hispanic 12%
Black 11%
Asian 7%
Two or more races 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Italian
Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
Hungarian
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 a.m.
School end time
  • 3:30 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Head of School - Leslie A. Hites
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Year-round
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (510) 531-8055

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Capoeira
  • Gymnastics
Girls sports
  • Capoeira
  • Gymnastics

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Parent involvement
  • The parents association of the renaissance school is a volunteer organization of the parents of the students of trs. it is the goal of tpa to provide a community among trs parents, and raise funds for projects and activities which directly benefit the students of trs. parents volunteer a minimum of 15 hours a year per child. most volunteer far more than that.
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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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Students typically come from these schools
Other Montessori and East Bay Independent Schools.
Out of State Montessori Schools.
Montessori programs outside of the United States.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Head Royce
The Bentley School
Redwood Day School
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3668 Dimond Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602
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Phone: (510) 531-8566

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