Student Life

Beyond the Classroom

Renbrook offers a safe community where students take appropriate risks and identify and cultivate their own strengths during their most formative years of development.
At Renbrook School a robust and challenging program extends well beyond the classroom. We help students understand how to be effective members of a community and in the process they form lifelong relationships with each other and with their teachers.

Students and teachers enjoy and explore their natural surroundings on our 75-acre campus and on trips further afield. Renbrook adults and children are active in the greater Hartford community, whether through community service, by participating in the annual MATHCOUNTS competition, or by walking with Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the Connecticut Peace Walk.

Renbrook is a community where young people may take appropriate risks in a safe setting; where they are known and loved; where seeds are planted and nurtured – seeds that will blossom for many years to come.

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  • Character and Leadership

    At Renbrook we inspire responsibility, encourage compassion, and build confidence and leadership in our students during their most formative years of development. Starting in Preschool, your child is introduced to three values: caring for self; caring for others; and caring for the environment.

    Throughout the year, he or she is encouraged to put these ideas into practice. Renbrook students learn to care for themselves by working on their self-help skills. To care for others, your child and his or her classmates participate in service learning, by doing things such as making sandwiches and cookies for local charities. To care for the environment, the children help clean up our playgrounds, hiking trails, and playing fields. Through these and other guided experiences, which help to develop character and leadership in our youngest students, your child will also learn about cooperation, responsibility, empathy, honesty, and self-control.

    In our Lower School (Preschool-Grade 5), we continue to cultivate the same skills and values in your child. Care for self, care for others, and care for the environment are emphasized, as are honesty, self-control and responsibility. Friendship, decision-making, and conflict resolution are ongoing topics of discussion, building the character and skills your child will need throughout life.

    Lower School students also build and hone their leadership skills through the many guided opportunities we provide for group presentations and performances in the classroom and at assemblies and variety shows, through work with younger children in “buddy classes”, and through the fifth graders’ role as leaders in our Lower School.

    In the Upper School (Grades 6-8), your child will learn to think critically, decide
    independently, and take responsibility for his or her own success. The eighth grade theme is Leadership Development, and by eighth grade, individually and collectively, our oldest Renbrook students are leaders on campus in sports, the arts, and independent study service. The opportunity to lead in the middle school years gives students confidence to step up to lead in secondary school.

    Student leadership at Renbrook is never more apparent than in uniquely Renbrook traditions such as the daily Upper School Morning Meeting, run by our oldest students, which kindles community while providing opportunities for individual growth. In these meetings, students come to the lecturn to share news about school teams, clubs, and accomplishments. These daily experiences strengthen public speaking skills, peer recognition, and leadership development.

    Establishing strong moral character, and developing skills rooted in sensitivity and justice are essential to the Renbrook experience. We value honor and integrity for their central role in building character in our students, and are committed to a strong principled foundation where respecting and considering the welfare of others is paramount.
  • Service Learning

    Renbrook’s commitment to service is integrated into campus activities in a variety of ways. The service learning program at Renbrook expands on community service by integrating classroom instruction with an emphasis on reflective thinking, civic responsibility, and a strong sense of stewardship.

    In the Preschool through Junior Kindergarten years, students are introduced to service learning during the Week of the Young Child when they prepare hundreds of sandwiches for local soup kitchens. They also participate in school-wide service projects during Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the winter holiday season.

    In Lower School, classes sponsor annual events including the Grade 5 Read-In for the March of Dimes and the Grade 3 Bake Sale for UNICEF. Other classes tutor preschoolers from their buddy classes at Headstart, or gather clothing, books and gifts for families or programs in need.
    All Grade 8 students participate in Service Learning Days, periodic community-outreach efforts at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, St. Mary's Home, and The Right Place day care center. Members of the Service Committee also lend their leadership and support to younger students and projects in the Lower School.

    Across divisions and throughout the year, students participate in the many community drives that benefit area agencies, shelters, hospitals, and soup kitchens, and assist at area day care centers, retirement and convalescent homes. Students have raised money and volunteered time for the Salvation Army, Loaves & Fishes, Red Cross, Connecticut Humane Society, Heifer International, Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, and other nonprofit agencies. Our graduates emerge from their middle school years with intrinsic motivation to give back to their school and greater communities.

Learn More About Our Service Learning

Giveback Day 2019 Video

    • Giveback Day 2019

Renbrook's Annual GiveBack Day is when Faculty, Staff, and Students come together for various projects around campus. We planted trees, weeded our school garden, skimmed the pond for yucky slime, organized our library, cleaned out the gym equipment, fixed railings and more! A great job done by all and with great teamwork!

Gifts of Love Holiday Program

The Lower School Service Learning Committee as part of their service learning formed a partnership with Gifts of Love in Avon and participated in their Holiday Program. Each grade level was given a family to spread joy to during the upcoming holiday season. They sponsored a total of eight families and through the generosity of the Renbrook Community was able to get everything on their list and then some!

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