The Upper School
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.
Comprised of the middle school, sixth through ninth grade, the Upper School at Renbrook provides a rigorous, enriched program of academic excellence. As students move from childhood into adolescence, they gain opportunities for achievement in academics, the visual and performing arts, service, sports, and more.
Traditions like the daily Morning Meeting are uniquely Renbrook, kindling a collective sense of community while providing daily occasions for individual growth. In these meetings, students come to the podium to share news about school teams, clubs, and accomplishments. These daily experiences strengthen public speaking skills, peer recognition, and leadership development.
Renbrook is a dynamic, intellectual community where learning is rigorous, student-centered, collaborative, experiential, and applied. History takes on new meaning when our eighth graders recreate a Civil War encampment as Connecticut Volunteer Infantry regiments, modeled on the actual companies that marched into battle. Math empowers when our sixth graders build a 3D scale-model building, keep a checking account, pay bills, set prices, and conduct other transactions for fictional businesses as part of their “Math Town.”
As part of their interdisciplinary study of ancient history, sixth graders write and present their own “Greek” play. After using Renbrook’s Pond Sanctuary for ecological studies, seventh graders make digital presentations about their research on a related topic. Across the curriculum and in every grade level, Renbrook helps students to become active and inquisitive readers, clear and sophisticated writers, and confident speakers and presenters.
Learning at Renbrook is not limited to the classroom. With a ropes course, woods, trails, sports fields, and cultivated gardens, our campus is a safe, varied and beautiful outdoor classroom and learning laboratory.
At the heart of a Renbrook education is the meaningful relationship that takes place between our accomplished and deeply committed faculty and our inspired and engaged student body. Renbrook School is synonymous with academic and intellectual rigor in all aspects of our challenging and ever-evolving curriculum. In addition to core subjects of English, mathematics, science, and history/social studies, Renbrook Upper School students learn French, Spanish, or Latin, and participate in music and the visual and performing arts.
Renbrook provides an education that prepares students for selective secondary schools. In a typical year, these include:
Avon Old Farms School
Choate Rosemary Hall
Episcopal High School
Ethel Walker School
Kingswood Oxford School
Loomis Chaffee School
Miss Porter’s School
Northfield Mt. Hermon School
Northwest Catholic High School
Phillips Exeter Academy
Simsbury High School
Wilbraham & Monson Academy