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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Renbrook looking for in a prospective student?

A: We are looking for students who will take advantage of the opportunities offered by our challenging academic program and enriched curriculum. We welcome students of all races, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Q: When is the best time to start the admission process?

A: The majority of our applicants follow the traditional time table and get to know Renbrook during the fall and winter months and complete the application process by February or March of the year prior to entry.  We will consider applications throughout the year as space allows.  Contact the admissions office for more information.

Q: Do I need to submit an application before my campus visit?

A: It is not necessary to submit an application before a conference and tour but we do require an application to be on file prior to a student's half or full day visit to campus.

Q: Does Renbrook offer financial aid?

A: Financial aid is "need-based" and available to students at all grade levels.  It is important to apply for admission and for financial aid as early in the process as possible because our financial aid budget is not unlimited.  Learn more in the Financial Aid section.

Q: Does Renbrook accept applications for the Upper School after the stated deadline?

A: Late applications will be considered on a rolling basis and as space is available at the desired grade levels.

Q: How does Renbrook differ from a public school?

A: Renbrook is a not-for-profit educational institution guided by its mission and governed by a voluntary board of trustees. Being an independent school, it retains the right to choose its own curriculum, which is enriched by the arts and athletics, technology and more. Funded by tuition and charitable contributions, Renbrook receives no public funds. Class sizes tend to be smaller than those in public schools.

Q: What is the average class size and the student:teacher ratio?

A: Class sizes vary by division:
  • Early Learning Center (Preschool and JK) classrooms sizes vary by grade level but average 16 students with two experienced early-childhood teachers in each class;
  • Kindergarten class size average is 16;
  • Lower School (KIndergarten- Grade 5) class size average is 13 students;
  • Upper School (Grades 6-9) classes average 12 students and vary according to subject.

In all divisions, the work of classroom teachers is enriched by full-time faculty in the arts, athletics, languages, library science, technology, and more. The overall student: teacher ratio is 6:1.

Q: Does Renbrook support diversity?

A: Renbrook is enriched by the cultural, racial and socio-economic differences of its students, families and faculty. This diversity prepares all children well for the world that awaits them.

Q: Is there a dress code at Renbrook?

A: Yes, as one of the means of sustaining the school's respectful learning environment. Dress codes start in Grade 1 and vary by division and by season. These guidelines help foster an appropriate learning environment, and are based on the premise that proper student attire reflects a sense of self-esteem and concern for others. View the dress code for 2016-2017.

Q: What are the most popular entry points?

A: Students can enter at any grade level in which there is space. The most frequent admissions are at all grades in the Early Learning Center, first grade and sixth and seventh grades. Parents are encouraged to apply early.  In some cases, waitlists do occur.

Q: Do Upper School students have advisors?

A: Upper School students (Grades 6-9) have faculty advisors with whom they meet individually or in a small-group setting weekly. The average advisee to advisor ratio is 10 to 1. The advisor is the first point of contact for parents with questions or concerns about their children's academic success.

Q: What extra-curricular activities are offered?

A: Children in Kindergarten through grade five may register for After-School Plus+, choosing from a range of enrichment activities offering learning, creativity and fun. Past activities have included cooking, chess, martial arts, pottery, and yoga.

Upper School students have extensive opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities, including the arts, community service, special events, and clubs such as chess, mathematics, yoga, musical performing groups, and more. In ninth grade, opportunities for extracurricular activities are designed to build leadership and project development skills. The four core groups offered in Gr 9 are yearbook, buddy directors, service committee and freshman activities council.

Q: Are students involved in community service?

A: A tradition of service is at the core of the Renbrook experience. The Salvation Army, Loaves & Fishes, the March of Dimes, UNICEF, American Red Cross, Connecticut Humane Society, Heifer International and many other nonprofit agencies have recognized our student service.

Q: Where do students go after Renbrook?

A: Renbrook graduates are accepted at many of the nation’s top secondary schools and colleges. The secondary school placement advisor assists families with the search and application process. To view the current listing of placements click here.
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Renbrook at a Glance 

At Renbrook, we educate the “complete” student—your child will grow intellectually, socially, and ethically.

 

Academics

Our graduates enter secondary school knowing how to think critically, to speak and write clearly, and how to conduct themselves with poise and confidence in leadership roles.

 
 

Bringing Learning to Life

At Renbrook, the campus and its innovative facilities provide the perfect setting for active learning. We are committed to educating the whole student – intellectually, socially, and ethically. With the guidance of dedicated teachers, Renbrook students become drivers of their own learning and empowered seekers of knowledge.

Learn more about the Renbrook experience.

Your Child is Known

Renbrook is a nurturing community that is rich in its diversity. Families of different backgrounds, races, religions, and nationalities all come together at Renbrook, sharing the common values of respect and inclusivity. We value strong relationships between the school and its families, a sense of community within the school, and a tradition of service to others.

 

News & Calendar

Stay up-to-date on the latest campus news and upcoming events.

 

Growth and Achievement

Alumni often remember the lessons learned on the sports fields at Renbrook and under the tutelage of their teacher coaches. The competitive emphasis varies according to the physical, emotional, and social needs of each student.The experience builds a sense of responsibility to oneself and one's team, and team pride.

 

Your Gifts Make a Difference

Your Annual Fund dollars help support our excellent faculty and so much more: our outstanding academic programs, technology, athletics, the arts, and campus maintenance, safety and security.
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