... Facebook (opens in new window/tab) YouTube (opens in new window/tab) I am very happy with the way my daughter has been developing during her years at TRIS. Specialties: We are an inde­pen­dent, Montes­sori school with cam­puses in Oak­land and Pied­mont for boys and girls age two years old (toddlers, preschool, pre-K, kindergarten, elementary) through mid­dle school. 39 were here. Each Primary classroom has a trained AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) teacher who speaks English and an AMI trained teacher who speaks either Spanish or French. How to practice. For example, in the afternoon some of the kids may be sewing which improves fine motor coordination. TRS mom. EB offers a very thoughtful approach but TRS' very structured Montessori education made much more sense, to us, from developmental perspective. As a school we have a collective commitment to the Round Square IDEALS - Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service. (Google it. All of the classrooms at TRS include language immersion. Athough I agree with the goal, the message is delivered rather harshly. The Renaissance International School, Oakland, California. It's normal and expected to hear several languages on campus. Make sure your child will thrive in the Montessori classroom. I witnessed two separate very tense arguments between two of the teachers (one on a field trip, of all things) that underscored for me the general tension within the school. With regard to the turnover of teachers, there was a large turnover at the beginning of this school year, but I don't think it's fair to imply that it has anything to do with the school; each teacher had her own personal reason for leaving and it was coincidental that several of them left at the same time. I have been very concerned about my child's attitude toward school and learning in general since attending Renaissance School. When I started writing I kept getting hand and finger cramps. It's a true Montessori program, so the reading, math and life skills are also great, as are the families. I have daily interaction with the teachers in my daughter's class, and if parents need additional time to discuss anything, teachers will make the time to talk over the phone or in person. The school is really unique in that it provides a Montessori curriculum through Upper Elementary, in a multi-lingual environment with a very strong art and music program. TRS is a small school with a very strong point of view. I see this when I drop my daughter off and watch a friend eagerly ask her if she would like to ''work'' with her. If you have any questions about the school, I'm happy to answer them. Glad we found TRIS, We have just moved from Kensington to Oakland (Montclair) and are looking to start our 2.5 year old daughter in a pre-school program ASAP. Carrie, We are considering The Renaissance School for our nearly 2 year old daughter, does anyone have any personal experience with this school to share? Nappers nap until about 3. How to ask questions. The students are being productive in a way that makes them feel empowered and encouraged. Here is a link to their website: http://www.therenaissanceschool.org A Very Happy TRS Parent, I was curious to know of any past graduates as well as current students who go to The Rennaisance School. I initially was interested in TRIS for the language program but we've gained so much more than I would have expected. In his class there are 3 teachers for a class of about 22. • Tax ID: 46-4347971, About BPN • Contact BPN • Credits • Terms of Use, Connecting Bay Area families online since 1993, Daycares & Preschools with Current Openings, Parent Classes, Workshops & Groups with Openings, Advice about Classes, Camps, Groups, & Tutors, Montessori preschool near Oakland or Castro Valley for 2 year old, Feedback wanted about TRIS for pre-primary, The Renaissance International School (TRIS) Preschool: Pre-Primary/ Primary Virtual Information Session, The Renaissance School was called A Child's World Montessori School prior to 2001, Excellent, professional teachers who really do see each child as an individual; we love our child's teachers and have received much feedback from them, Music classes and art classes twice per week, Foreign language instruction in both French and Spanish. On any given day he may be getting a math lesson in Spanish or a geography lesson in French. 949 likes. The Renaissance School in Oakland has one preschool classroom (ages 3-5) that is bilingual French/English and their other preschool classrooms are Spanish/English. For current students anything you can say I would greatly appreciate. Lastly - what I love about this school is that my daughter isn't just given art supplies to play around with. She has been there ever since including over the summer (during their summer program). It is not cheap, but we feel that it is worth every penny as our child is happy, thriving, and developing into a wonderful, well-rounded person.Â. This is truly a top school in my opinion. Learn more about the school: • Quick facts For example, my daughter recognizes continents around the globe and understands the animals, languages, and cultural dynamics of the various continents, countries and regions. It is a very special Montessori school with amazing music and art programs and it is a naturally very multi-cultural environment. 4 talking about this. I sat on a bench and watched while they giggled and sang. PS: we switched to Ecole Bilingue and had a wonderful preschool experience. The kids receive instruction in both English and the other language throughout the day. Now the downside of this seemingly perfect school... it is expensive. I would suggest that you look carefully at the school before sending your child there. ida, Hi Future Pre-School Mommy, I have a daughter in Pre-Primary and she is so happy to be at TRIS that I have to coax her to come home everyday. The classroom is not a disordered free for all that we encountered in other preschool classrooms. I tried to explain the assignment to him, and he understood everything, but noted that it was unusual that the music teacher would allow her to put a particular chord in a certain spot of the song. Thanks so much for responding. During our time in the school, there was a tremendous turnover in teachers. The head of the school has very high standards for her teachers. My 2 daughters attend the renaissance school on diamond avenue. The school has been great for our children. Children are taught whatever materials they are studying at that time of the day (math, letters, practical life) in either English or the second language. Facebook gives people the power... Jump to. One other plus is that the students are so productive during their day, they do not have homework. I urge anyone considering the school to attend the show, meet other parents and see for themselves the joy and creativity of the children. I don't know what language you are looking for, but The Renaissance School has bilingual programs in French AND Spanish for the primary level (ages 3 to 6) and TRIlingual program for the elementary level (through 6th grade). Thanks. Oh, and a note on the use of the word "work" for play. There is a very important emphasis on ''grace and courtesy'' in the primary program. During my school tour I learned they teach all subjects; math, language, geography in Spanish. I now feel terrible that I inflicted that horrible experience on my child. I am sure that I am missing some events since my daughter has only been there almost 4 months. A school hat and a school bag are also provided to all newly registered Primary and Early Years students. Other folks have mentioned about the school's amazing art and music programs but all you need to do is see the children's art or listen to them sing! ... Facebook (opens in new window/tab) YouTube (opens in new window/tab) Lastly, although my kids did not attend the pre-primary school my babysitter often saw the pre-primary teachers with their students. It was wonderful to see how happy he was and I know he is receiving all the benefits of a Montessori and bilingual education. If you (or any other parent) would like to talk about the school more or have some specific questions, feel free to write back and we can set up a time to talk. The kids actually think the Spanish teacher doesn't know how to speak English and that if you want to talk to them you have to speak in Spanish, so they learn a lot. STEPPING IN TO THE NEXT GENERATION. In the Oakland or Berkeley area, Any recommendations would be great. My daughter is in a primary classroom at Renaissance, so I can tell you in our experience that Renaissance is both for the preschoolers, fun and a place to learn. One girl in particular was very adamant about having it in a specific place and she was at the point of screaming and crying. The outdoor space has been improved over the last couple years as well. However there is not a part-time program for any age child. It also has an intensive art and music program. Most of the posts are old and I was curious to know of both the old and the new families at the various grade levels. Our younger daughter, who is 3 1/2 and is in the same classroom, was not exposed to as much French when she was little but loves learning the language now and thoroughly enjoys receiving lessons from her French-speaking teacher. The school and parents work together closely on this including being able to talk about which training pants to use, when to go off pulls for naps, so that we are completely coordinated. My oldest daughter started at age 3 & is now 6 soon to enter Elementary at the school. And she knows how to cut vegetables. Non-nappers play outside or do works (I believe.) Very rarely, they are given something to do over the weekend if they did not complete some lesson they were working on during the week. She is also physically more confident given the excellent playground at TRIS where they can play on slides, climbing spider web etc. The billingual and trilingual (elementary age) programs are fascinating and work well. It's easy to misunderstand what that means as we adults think of ''work'' as the thing we go to in the morning that gives us a paycheck. My younger daughter started at 3.5 years (you can start at 2 if you want) and she sings and speaks in Spanish, my older daughter also started at 3.5 and is now in 2nd grade there and reads Spanish books. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Our daughter is currently in pre-primary and started there in March 2013 when she was 2. It may not be the right place for everybody, but it sounds like it may be worth considering for your needs. We checked out the Ecole Bilingue and liked it but it wasn't quite right for us. My kids are both students at The Renaissance School in Oakland. 630 likes. The best part is that the school doesn't seem to need to try to be diverse... it just has naturally grown that way. My kids have learned much about world geography and other cultures. Our daughter attends The Renaissance International School (a Montessori school that goes from preschool- 8th grade) on Dimond Avenue in Oakland. My daughter particularly likes the egg work. And other pre-primary parents. I think TRS has regular tours so you might go on one to see what you think. What might a solution be?'' Book a school tour. They continuously teach grace and courtesy and focus on natural consequences to actions and behavior. Once the children enter the elementary level (grades 1-6), there are native French and Spanish teachers, so their education becomes trilingual. During open play times, the art studio is available if the child chooses to go, and there are a variety of creative materials brought into the yard in addition to the structures and bicycles. We have been with Adela's World of the Children daycare (in El Cerrito, who we absolutely adore), and are hoping to continue Spanish integration as she enters pre-school. The children work individually or in small groups. Janna, My daughter attends the school and is very happy there. Our pro­gram includes art,… When they move into the elementary years, different instruments play together harmonizing. The program fosters internal motivation - rather than motivation through external rewards - a strong sense of community, respect, independence and imagination. Very satisfied parent at TRS - Ashley, Re: full-time program for 2-year-old My daughter has been attending The Renaissance International School (TRIS) for 4 years, my son 1/2 a year. She is very happy with the teachers and we have seen just in the last 3 weeks that she has become more curious in learning. She attends from 7:30a-5:30p. We moved here from France a couple of years ago and really wanted to find a bilingual French program. If he is reading at a 4th grade level and doing math at a second grade level, they are able to meet his needs. Re: East Bay Bilingual Montessori Hope this helps in your decision making. Re: Oakland vs Rockridge vs Renaissance Montessori It is located right next to a park. However, it's not a total immersion experience. My youngest for 2 years. TRS also places a strong emphasis on conflict resolution, and I see this in very real ways in my child's interactions with others. There are mats in the yard for her to simply jump up and down on. Valerie Valerie from glenview neighborhood, My kids attend The Renaissance International School (TRIS previously TRS). Anonymous, Re: Piedmont Preschools My daughter started in the 2 year old class and is now in the Elementary program. It's a very special environment, and in some ways it's hard to explain. I haven't been able to get my hands on a schedule yet of the 'typical day' but do they have multiple times outside? Art is also well integrated, and creativity and expression are everywhere in the Montessori curriculum. When I arrived yesterday, he and his other late stay friend were outside with their teacher playing with some balls. Our children started at age 3 1/2 and now our oldest is in the first grade. The staff and student body are culturally diverse. The nature of the hands on materials feels very much like play (although it is academic) and the children move through the materials at their own natural pace. We have been extremely happy with our experience so far and our daughter has thrived in their environment. The other great things I see is that the school is very well organized. My three year old has been at the school for over a year and is now in the French primary classroom. They have regular PE and outdoor education lessons, and instrumental lessons are available. Ideally we would love a Montessori style pre-school, but I can't seem to find one that does more than reading a few books now and then or have a teacher that teaches the absolute basics. In fact, she has a rather profound sense of humor for a child her age. Not only do children learn to have good learning skills and problem solving skills but they learn to be independent, curious, and creative. I suggest that you ask careful questions before making a decision. It makes it easier for them and us. There is also an AMI trained Montessori teacher who speaks only English. There are plenty of fun options for any child to participate in at TRIS. At Renaissance International School Saigon we believe in academic and personal excellence. My son is in one of the Spanish classes, two teachers in the class speak only Spanish to the children and one is an English speaker. Too much emphasis on individual work and no small group activities. European International School Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The amazing thing is that TRIS is a trilingual school and so much more. And in all this, incidentally, without it being an issue and without there being any tedious drills, she's learned the alphabet, how to draw the letters, and how to sound out words. After morning work session/music/art is outside play. I spent some time in a Montessori school growing up and I believe in their values and style of teaching. Our daughter is 5 and is now learning to read in English and French. In fact, both girls still get mad at me if I pick them up before 6 p.m. The kids learn Spanish very well this way. Depends how one defines "fun." Anon. My husband and I were quite attracted to the language program but, in fact, very little language instruction really happened during our time with the school. I think this has done as much for my daughter's creativity and imagination than anything else. It's a very international school with many multicultural families. Big fan of the Renaissance School, We will be looking for a french preschool for our son. TRS provides a warm and nurturing environment. They have built strong relationships with teachers and friends, and have learned how to peacefully and respectfully resolve conflict (an ongoing process, of course!) If you continue on at the school, their elementary program is tri-lingual. When they transition to the next level at age 3, families can choose to have Spanish or French integrated into the classroom. This Pre-Primary program is a great start for children. The school is very strong in intellectual developement, but weaker in social/emotional and physical developement. Â. Hello...  we currently attend TRIS and our children have been there since 2012, with my youngest starting at age 2.  I currently have one child in Upper Elementary and one in Lower Elementary so you can guess we love the school.  The preschool program is amazing!  For our family, the language immersion was critically important, add to that the amazing music and art curriculum and its really the perfect place.  I love that I don't have to run my children around to additional lessons outside of school.   We also enjoy the year round schedule and the extended hours of the program, and quite frankly, my kids hate when I pick them up early.  They love to stay at school until 5pm or 6pm!! European International School Ho Chi Minh City, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh. Curriculum includes music, visual arts, language immersion. Some of the things that did not work for my child are: However, the school is excellent and many parents love the school. For all Early Years, Primary & Secondary enquiries, please contact: PA to Head of Primary & Early Years, Mr Peter Spratling, PA to Head of Secondary, Mr Richard Fluit, 74 Nguyen Thi Thap Street, Binh Thuan Ward, Admissions Office, 74 Nguyen Thi Thap Street, Binh Thuan Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. - can and do thrive. Montessori children don't get those cramps because various works (use tweezers to move these blue balls from one bowl to another) develops it so well. ), In the short time we've been at the school (we started in Sept) I've been amazed by how much Spanish my 3- year-old has picked up (she sings in Spanish and understands quite a bit). I was somewhat worried about my youngest attending TRIS but it's worked out very well for him. I wish I could have had an experience like this when I was young. The school was established 20 years ago and the director and music director are still the same, the teachers are stable, with a low turnover rate, my daughter is very happy there and is learning a tremendous amount. Few things to note: 1. My daughter's creative writing skills are allowed to flourish and are encouraged. Yvonne J, My son has been at the Renaissance School for 6 years (he's now in fourth grade), and my husband and I are extremely pleased with his academic progress. Self-reliant. The school has an art show that is open to the public in late spring (May or June, I think), and this is a great way to come learn about the art program. It's a hidden jewel. The confidence they got from this seemed to spur them ahead in their English reading once they got the idea of it. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information, ask any questions or book an appointment with an appropriate member of staff. 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