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.

Upper School: A Transformative Education

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.

Renbrook’s 75-acre campus is an ideal educational environment.

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.


Renbrook offers a balanced education.

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

Berkshire School                 

Choate Rosemary Hall                     

Deerfield Academy

Episcopal High School           

Ethel Walker School

Hotchkiss School          

Holderness School              

Kent School                        

Kingswood Oxford School   

Loomis Chaffee School

Middlesex School

Miss Porter’s School  

Northfield Mt. Hermon School      

Northwest Catholic High School 

Phillips Exeter Academy

Pomfret School                   

Salisbury School

Simsbury High School                  

Suffield Academy                     

Tabor Academy                       

Taft School                         

Watkinson School               

Westminster School             

Westover School

Wilbraham & Monson Academy


2865 Albany Avenue
West Hartford, CT
phone: 860.236.1661
fax: 860.231.8206

Renbrook at a Glance 

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



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.


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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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