One of our students, Iris, age 11, from San Leandro, did not like math, but that all changed when she invented Cat Math. It is her way of understanding long division, and that understanding helped her to enjoy math. In Cat Math, the cats represent a numeric code, and provide a way to visualize numbers.
The Montessori philosophy is to follow the interest of the children and support their discoveries. Iris’s love of animals served to support and guide her comprehension in math.
We are currently fundraising for a trip to China to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations program and are selling Cat Math T-shirts as part of that fundraising effort. We hope you will help to support our goal of selling 50 shirts. Click here for details and to purchase a shirt.
Welcome to The Renaissance International School. Thank you for visiting our website.
In 1992, I founded A Child’s World Montessori School, which is today The Renaissance International School in Oakland, California. I founded the school to provide children with an international and multidisciplinary experience in which they can achieve their highest potential.
Since the school’s founding it has been based on the philosophies of Maria Montessori and Zoltán Kodály and is a warm, supportive community of students, families and teachers committed to a quality education. We have an enrollment of 165 students, from ages 2 through middle school.
Both our faculty and student body make up an international community with more than 30 different countries and nearly every ethnic group and major world religion represented.
Our course of study encompasses the full substance of the traditional curriculum, and then goes beyond to teach students how to think clearly, conduct their own research, express themselves effectively in writing and speech and incorporate all of this knowledge toward a practical application. Our curriculum also includes a strong music, arts and language immersion component. The Renaissance International School is the only genuine three-language immersion Montessori school in the nation.
We are essentially teaching children how to learn in order that they may develop into confident, capable and successful, happy people. We teach students to think, not simply to memorize, feed back, and forget. We also know that 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 welcome all families and work closely with parents to foster our view of school as an extension of home. I invite you to visit and see our students working. We hold introductory school tours throughout the year. Tours are two hours, for adults-only and are held on select weekday mornings at 9:30 a.m.
Please call us at 510−531−8566 or send an email to Tour Director to schedule your tour.
We are proud to announce that The Renaissance International school won a Gold Best of Parents’ Press Award in several categories of Montessori and Bilingual Schools in San Francisco’s east bay.
We won “Best” in Bilingual Elementary School, Bilingual Middle School, Bilingual Preschool, Language & Cultural Immersion Summer Camp, Montessori Elementary School, Montessori Middle School, and Montessori Preschool. In addition the school was a finalist in best independent preschool and best independent elementary school.
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