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The Renaissance School

3668 Dimond Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611

(510) 531-8566


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led, Montessori

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Full set of Montessori materials
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Full set of Montessori materials
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Full set of Montessori materials
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Full set of Montessori materials
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Small group lessons using the Kodaly method, choral ensemble, private lessons
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Arts classroom with a dedicated teacher and a full range of professional art supplies
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught At the Renaissance School, we offer our students the opportunity to learn one or more languages taught by native speakers. We introduce conversational Spanish or French to our youngest children at the Primary level and carry forward through the Elementary level. Please see the school website for a full description of the curriculum: Extracted from

Day in the Life

General School Mission

<p> The mission of the Renaissance School is to provide children with an international center of learning and culture that is open, supportive, and multidisciplinary and where children can develop and achieve their highest potential. Learning the right answers will get you through school. Learning how to learn will get you through life! Montessori teaches students to think, not simply to memorize, feed back, and forget. <p> The basis of our approach is the simple observation that children learn most effectively through direct experience and the process of investigation and discovery.

No two students learn at the same pace, nor do they necessarily learn best from the same methods.

Our goal is to be flexible and creative in addressing each student as a unique individual. We recognize that before students can take advantage of a challenging education, they have to discover their innate abilities. They need to develop a strong sense of independence, self-confidence, and self-discipline. They must be willing to make and learn from countless mistakes. This suggests an education of the heart as much as an education of the mind. <p> The Renaissance School is designed to be a school where children can blossom! We seek to inspire a passion for excellence and to nurture curiosity, creativity, and imagination. Our goal is to give students a fine education and to prepare them for life. <p>Extracted from

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The school and parents' association provide a newsletter, open house, parenting classes, family events, and frequent contact by mail. There are parent-teacher meetings as well. <br><br> Extracted from:

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

At The Renaissance School we have a very special way of transitioning children into our early childhood program. We believe that before a child can engage in meaningful activities in a new environment, the child must feel emotionally safe and socially engaged. Therefore, we transition one child at a time into our program! We never have more than one new child at a time in any given classroom. This allows the teachers to give the new child the attention that child needs, when s/he needs it the most. This allows the child to feel comfortable very soon. Then s/he is ready to explore our rich curriculum and start making friends. The Transition Week is the week prior to the child's first day of school. We invite one of the parents or caregivers to bring the child to school in the afternoons for five days from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Schedule for Transition Week * Day 1 and 2: We expect the parent/caregiver to stay with the child those two days. The person should bring a book or some work, so that he is there for the child, but is not entertaining her. This gives the child to freedom to explore on her own. * Day 3: After arriving, the parent/caregiver is invited to stay for about one half hour and then asked to let one of the teachers know she is ready to leave. We ask that the parent say goodbye to the child and then leave for about an hour. The teachers are prepared to give the child all the attention he may need. We ask that the parent show confidence in their child by leaving without hesitation. Again, a teacher is available to help the child feel comfortable and safe. * Day 4 and 5: We ask that the child be dropped off at about 3:30 pm and picked up at 5:30 p.m. This process gives the child the opportunity to experience what it will be like to attend school. The transition week allows the parent/caregiver to meet the teachers and to observe and ask any questions that might come up. A facility orientation is scheduled during that week to familiarize the parent/caregiver with practical operating procedures. The child must be two years old prior to this transition week. Extracted from