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Renaissance School

  • 4.5

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Renaissance School
1166 Harbor Road
ShelburneVT 05482
(802) 985-2153

Ages: 6 - 13

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Parking: Yes - limited

Features: NAEYC Accredited

The Renaissance School is located within the Farm Barn building at Shelburne Farms. It is a state-approved independent school for students in Kindergarten- sixth grade. Click to read an example of what a student's day is like at the Renaissance School.

For Pre-school, younger children can attend their Heartworks Schools in 3 locations: Williston, Shelburne, and Burlington.

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VTteachermom

  • 5

Reviewed on 12/29/2017

We moved both our children from public school to The Renaissance school and have been very happy with this decision. The staff really knows the kids and because of the small class sizes really meet each child at his/her level. One of our children reads at a much higher grade level and in the past had to sit though lessons way too easy. At Renaissance they understand her learning ability and challenge her without separating her from her peers.

I am extremely impressed with the language program at Renaissance as well. Students study French and Spanish and rotate back and forth every two weeks. They have language four days a week and love it! After just a few months, both of my kids have an amazing foundation of both languages!

I highly recommend this school for families looking for closer relationships, more outdoor learning opportunities, and a strong language program for young students.
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HappyMom

  • 5

Reviewed on 01/15/2014

We chose to withdraw our son from a top rated public school to attend The Renaissance School this year as we were dissatisfied with the public school’s standardized curriculum and the lack of interest in differentiating its curriculum to serve the needs of students in the classroom. We have found at Renaissance School that academic differentiation is more than just a buzzword. Within weeks of the beginning of school, our son’s prior knowledge, interests, and learning style were accurately assessed and his instruction was appropriately individualized. Assessments have been ongoing throughout the school year and successive adjustments to his curriculum have been ongoing as well. The personalized learning environment has served my son very well as he is both engaged and challenged as well as inquisitive and enthusiastic in his learning. The small classroom size and community feel of the Renaissance School have allowed our son to enjoy close connections with his both his teachers and classmates. Our son loves attending Renaissance. The Renaissance school has exceeded our high expectations....more

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bthabault

  • 5

Reviewed on 11/04/2013

We have been at the Renaissance school for three years. My children started at the school in kindergarten and are now starting the 2nd grade. The Renaissance School exceeded our expectations and continues to do so. We are fortunate to be involved in the Renaissance School.
Our children absolutely love the Renaissance School and love learning. The Renaissance School has provided them with a solid foundation to now build upon. They are involved in learning French, Spanish, Math, English, Reading, Writing, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music and Drama.
The school focuses on each individual and helps each child to grow as individuals. Our children have been learning about life on the farm and each year there is a special focus for them on the farm as it relates to their current curriculum. We are very excited this year to learn that the children at the Renaissance School will be spending more time learning about the farm and how to be good stewards of the land. The farm and its surroundings will be used for its’ many learning opportunities.
The teachers and support staff at the Renaissance School are very qualified. Each has a diverse background which offers each child a range of experiences to learn from. As parents we are well informed about what is happening in the classroom as well as school wide activities. There is opportunity for the children to be involved in community related activities as well. Each year they have done a “Walk for Hunger” that benefits Vermonters in need. This activity that the Renaissance School participates in, demonstrates to the children that there are less fortunate people in the word. In addition each year the school has attended a performance at the Flynn Theater in Burlington and they have been to Burlington City Arts to do an art project.
There is a rhythm at the Renaissance School. The classes are small and children are all recognized for their learning abilities and their uniqueness. Each child is encouraged to excel at their own pace while also being challenged. The children learn to accept one another and that kindness and peace begins with them.
We have been very satisfied as parents of children who have begun their formal education with the Renaissance School. Our plan is to stay at the Renaissance School through the 8th grade.
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RA

  • 5

Reviewed on 11/04/2013

Our children have grown up attending both Heartworks and the Renaissance Schools. We are so pleased with the Faculty and Staff, academics, language and arts, differentiated learning, school community and of course the location. This program has helped us to instill a love of learning in our children. They are fully engaged in their education and are excited to go to school each day.

Shelburne Farms is an amazing setting for this school. The children spend quite a bit of time exploring the Farm, not only with their classroom Teachers, but with very knowledgeable farm Educators. They have learned so much about the history of this farm as well as hands on learning about so many facets of the earth.

This is a well rounded program that does a lot of things well. Our children are happy, engaged and educated. We know that they are well cared for and are getting the education that we want them to have to be successful as they grow up.
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molly

  • 5

Reviewed on 02/04/2011

I have three children that have gone through the Heartworks and Renaissance school programs, and they couldn't be more delightful, curious, and courteous children. I attribute so much those good qualities to their years at the Renaissance school. Just driving up to Shelburne Farms each day, I remind them how lucky they are to go to school in a place that is not only steeped in Vermont history, but allows them to connect daily with the world we live in.

The school is quite academic, but gentle and loving at the same time. The kids are involved in farm chores weekly, and have the greatest science and social studies resources just outside their door. Be it winter tracking, cartography, life cycles of animals, or farming...Shelburne Farms becomes a never ending classroom.

My oldest child has moved on to the Vermont Commons School, and was completely prepared, both academically, and socially for the rigors of a school that focuses on college prep.

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jasper

  • 5

Reviewed on 08/18/2010

My children have been attending the Heartworks & Renaissance schools since they were 3 years old -- they are now in second and fourth grades. Our original plan was to send them to public school beginning with kindergarten, but we found the quality of the education and the supportive and respectful atmosphere of the school to be so outstanding, we couldn't make the switch. The Renaissance School provides an outstanding academic education, enabled largely by small class sizes, dedicated teachers, and a focus on individualized learning. We are so excited that our fourth grader will be with a teacher who was one of few teachers from around the world selected to participate in a NASA summer program for educators with an interest in science and math! The school is located on Shelburne Farms, and children benefit from the on-site Farm educators, so the surrounding environment could not be better. The Renaissance School provides more than half of its students with financial assistance, and the tuition is comparable to other local private schools and way below market for comparable schools in New England....more

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lucydog

  • 1

Reviewed on 10/08/2008

While the teachers are dedicate at this school (1-7), the management is conflicting and unsupportive to its teachers and parents. While education is critical, money is the main interest here and it transcends all.

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