Frequently Asked Questions

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General

What is Renaissance Schools?

Renaissance Schools is a high-quality educational decentralized network of childcare programs operating under a Special Family Child Care License Exception in the “Family Child Care Rule 2” Statutes (MN Statute 9502 and 245A).

Are the schools independent from each other?

Each location is independent and whole, but at the same time each location is part of a larger network of child care programs. They share a flexible, core curriculum. Each school may focus on a different language(s) or musical instrument(s), but are all administered by one entity, RSH Education LLC. This way, the teachers/guides can focus on the children, while RSH Education LLC focuses on purchasing materials, administering state funding, creating more locations, lobbying, and so forth.

Where/when did Renaissance Schools begin?

Renaissance Schools began in 2017, when its founders Miles Ringsred, Anna Ringsred-Beavers, and their father Dr. Eric Ringsred, M.D. realized the dire need for affordable, high-quality, educational child care in Northern Minnesota. Between 2014 to 2016, Dr. Ringsred endeavored to charter a public Montessori School in Sandstone, MN. This endeavor led Dr. Ringsred to the realization that many families do not know what Montessori is and that 3-6 year olds are really where Montessori education must begin. In this light, Dr. Ringsred engaged Miles and Anna to help set up world-class child care programs offering affordable Montessori education.

Why a decentralized model?

A decentralized model allows Renaissance Schools to create local, neighborhood, and community-based programs within walking distance of major transportation lines or within walking distance of the neighborhoods themselves for parents and children. Renaissance Schools aims to put money back into those same communities as well. Renaissance Schools hires guides from the community, trains those guides, and rents or purchases buildings within those same communities to create programs. A decentralized model allows for community development with minimum disruption to the community.

Why is Montessori important to early childhood education?

Montessori Education focuses on a child’s physical development (gross and fine motor skills), their emotional development, and their social development (how the children behave with each other and the adults in the classroom). It fosters independence and resilience in each child as the child learns how to concentrate in their work free from distractions by parents, teachers, and electronics. The Montessori Method uses the notion that children go through developmental periods and that any child goes through a period of environmental absorption. Children absorb the environment and work to understand it, they do not imitate, but create what they see, touch, taste, hear, and smell in their surroundings. Montessori takes this into account with a prepared environment and a prepared lesson for the day, which guides the children in developing themselves. Montessori does not control the child, but inspires the child.

Enrollment & Curriculum

How much is tuition?

Renaissance Schools operates on an ability-to-pay tuition based on family income in order to ensure that every child has the opportunity to attend one of our programs. Every family is charged the same yearly tuition. However, Renaissance Schools will then offer each family scholarships and tuition forgiveness. This way no child will have to go without high-quality educational child care and no family will have to go broke providing their child with the best available care.

How does a sliding scale tuition work?

The sliding scale works by assessing each families income first. Then we help find scholarships and state funding for each family, if they meet the requirements set by the state/federal government. For families who do not meet the federal guidelines to receive tuition assistance, Renaissance Schools will provide scholarships and tuition forgiveness for each family. It is based on an ability to pay scale, so each family is not paying more than they can or should for their child(ren) to receive high-quality education in the most important years of their lives.

I don't see music in your curriculum or second language acquisition. When will that be incorporated into the curriculum?

We are developing our own curriculum that will include music and bilingualism/second language acquisition, which will be aligned with the Parent Aware rating requirements. Currently, we use a curriculum already aligned with Parent Aware in order to receive a full four-star rating. Each individual location may focus on different languages or a few may share a language and a language specialist, who will guide the children in that language (i.e. the sounds of Mandarin or Russian). The same applies to music education in regards to instruments and teachers.

Careers

Could I become a Renaissance Schools guide?

So long as your record is clean and you have no major felonies, anyone over 18 could become a guide. We have training available for those with no experience, including in-school and hands-on experience.

Do I need Montessori certification to become a Renaissance Schools guide?

We do not require certification, but it is a bonus to any application. We also adhere to the Montessori method faithfully, but not dogmatically. We must adhere to a minimum threshold of the method, otherwise we are not living up to our own standards and we cannot receive a four-star parent aware rating. A rating critical to the success of Renaissance Schools.