We love Renbrook School. Most of the teachers are solid educators and people. The families are inclusive, and the students are so kind and respectful. The new administrators, who are quite experienced and well-intended, had to make some very tough decisions this year: They needed to let go of some stagnant teachers and work on revitalizing a good curriculum in order to make it better. This was not received well by some, but it absolutely needed to be done. Enrollment is actually improving after just one year. We trust teacher morale will improve now that the most negative members of the faculty, who were not shy about their bitter feelings of being dismissed, are gone. My family is looking forward to meeting the new hires, and feeling a renewed energy on campus. Teachers and support staff: Thank you for your hard work and dedication. Administrators: Thank you for your courage to do what is best for the school. Students: Keep up the great work! We trust that Renbrook is headed in a positive, productive direction and are looking forward to returning in the fall.
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I have been reflecting on the previous comment regarding the top administrators being evaluated after 80 years. Respectfully, I see it differently than the original poster does. I regard the evaluation of the top administrators as quite positive. How else can they be given constructive input from which they can grow and learn? My opinion is: What took the board so long to evaluate administration in the first place? No wonder there has been so much turnover among administrators. The school would be extremely fortunate to hold on to Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Beck and Mr. Tremblay. I certainly hope the teachers and board members are evaluated in this manner, as well. Love the school by the way. It's only getting better with these recent changes.
When thinking about Renbrook, consider why an outside company has been hired to evaluate the top administrators - the first time this has ever been done in the 80 year history of the school. The reason? Lowest enrollment ever, discontent among the faculty, staff, and parent community. Renbrook has lost all sense of being a school family and has become a ruthless business. Go to public school.
New leadership - fresh ideas and strong commitment to the school's founding values and principles. I feel we have restarted what once was great at the school, and I'm so proud that my children will experience such a fine education. First and foremost, these new leaders are each out at morning carpool EVERY DAY!! Rain, cold, sun, or shine, they're there. My daughters and son greeted with kind smiles every morning. Incredible start to their day.
I have two children in Lower School and one in Upper School. My extended family has alumni. We're well vested in the institution. We've been craving for what we now have. A Headmaster who is a true visionary. He has an open door policy. We love that.
A new Lower School Head with great experience in turning around fledgling programs. He's a former teacher who cares deeply for the children and the school. He's brought a new outlook, great ideas like Morning Meeting, and combined the earlier grades with the intermediate ones to create a "one school" feel. We parents feel it! Communication from home to school is also much better than it was. We all love the "Ask Me Abouts" on Fridays!!
The Upper School Head, new last year, is well spoken, kind, and smart. Our daughter thinks great things about him, and even she has noticed changes in program since his arrival.
I used to got to public schools and my time there was a far better experience then what i have experienced at Renbrook all the teachers talk to other students about you. All the students think they are "above" everyone else and if your family dosen't contribute money no teachers will like you. Teachers will give you titles so if a "troublemaker" disrupts class they are most likely going to get a detention, but if a "good student" disrupts all they get is a slap on the wrist and they can go ahead. I would never send my children to this place and you shouldn't either. Take it from a student this place is terrible.
Our son spent ten extraordinary years at Renbrook and our family looks back fondly on those years. We chose Renbrook even though the public school in our town (Farmington, CT) is a blue-ribbon school ranked 10/10 with a national reputation as one of the best elementary schools in the country. Why? Renbrook was the only school where our son was assigned a private math teacher who allowed him to progress at his own rate when they recognized his prodigious abilities; this would never occur in a public school other than, perhaps, an "honors" class which certainly wouldn't address his needs. Moreover, in addition to its flexibility to hire a private teacher, Renbrook focuses on EACH child's talents and ensures EVERY child realizes his/her full potential. As proof of Renbrook's caliber, one only need review the list of secondary school acceptances for Renbrook graduates. Our son was accepted to Exeter, Andover, Choate, Hotchkiss, Deerfield and Loomis. He chose Exeter and performed exceptional well there, which he attributed to his Renbrook preparation. There simply are not enough superlatives to describe the Renbrook experience.