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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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Sully12

  • 5

Reviewed on 06/21/2018

The Renaissance School has been amazing for my two kids. The teachers are outstanding, the administration is great and there is a great sense of community with all of the families. Highly recommend!

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VTbornmom

  • 5

Reviewed on 06/06/2018

This school has far exceeded our expectations! Our daughter is completing her K year and she has been so happy, she has learned so much more then we could’ve imagined. She has learned Spanish, French, drama, music, art, on top
Of the traditional curriculum. The teachers are absolutely amazing and really nurture each child and meet them where they are, fostering so many different learning styles. We could not be more pleased about how this year has gone and are so looking forward to continuing her education here!...more

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vtamandag

  • 5

Reviewed on 06/06/2018

Renaissance is an amazing school. My children have a love of the outdoors, a kindness in their hearts and a love to learn everyday.

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MaizyMayBe

  • 5

Reviewed on 06/01/2018

Our child has been in the Heartworks since age 2 and is currently at Renaissance School for kindergarten. We are very happy with the progress of our child with the reading, math, writing, and foreign languages. We love that our child is exposed to languages at an early age. We believe our child is reading far above other kids who are attending public schools. The school fosters a great environment for learning and the teachers are amazing with the kids. We have seen not only in our child but with other kids at the school a bond among all kids regardless of age. There does not appear to be any exclusions among the kids or behavioral issues. The number of teachers to student ratio is great. We are sad that the school will no longer be at Shelburne Farms. But we believe in the education that the school provides and the teachers and school personnel will do everything to foster a great learning environment for our child. ...more

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teachermom

  • 5

Reviewed on 05/04/2018


My children have attended The Renaissance School for the 2017-2018 in grades K and 1. My children transitioned seamlessly into school and feel very at home at Renaissance. Within a couple of months, I was astonished at how much Spanish and French they had learned! I had been trying to teach my children Spanish at home for years, but at school the teachers play games, do projects, and make learning a second language fun. My children have both been challenged academically and are able to work at their level. My daughter reads far above grade level and I was very impressed at how the teachers met her needs and were creative in finding a way for her to be in a reading group at her level. The classes use nature to enhance their learning and spend time outdoors often. They also go on many field trips to places such as a bird sanctuary, apple orchard, pond at Shelburne Farms, Flynn Theater, Echo, Burlington Electric, and more. Because of the small school feeling, my son in Kindergarten has developed relationships with children in grades up to 8 and feels very connected to kids of all ages. The students are kind and inclusive, follow the rules, and over all treat each other with respect. I have been so pleased to see how much my children have grown, how happy they are, and the many wonderful friendships they have developed at The Renaissance School!
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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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