The Rinner Family


People love to talk about the innocence of children, the beautiful quality they have of not understanding or expecting the complicated problems of the world. This is true, of course, but it’s also true that this time is fleeting – and that this innocence presents us with a profound opportunity: we have the opportunity to create our children’s expectations of the world. Because of the Rise School, I am watching my children come to expect a world of inclusion, possibility, and hope.

Now, maybe more than ever, I am grateful for the chance for my boys to be a part of a community where inclusion is the guiding principle and difference is seen as strength.

Our boys, Jack and Charlie, are both typically developing, and we were drawn to the Rise School because of their superb teaching staff, their commitment to serving the whole child, and the diversity of abilities in the classroom. We have been blown away on all counts. Each child in their classroom is treated with joy, dignity, and respect, and their teachers work to build on their individual strengths and improve in the areas where they’re still developing. This personalized attention is helping our boys to thrive, both socially and educationally.

Jack and Charlie proudly come home with projects, stories, and a sense of community when we pick them up at the end of the day. What I think I’m most proud of, however, is how they talk about ALL of their friends. It’s not that they don’t notice differences but that those difference don’t define their friends, who are all partners in their classroom adventures together.

We all have big dreams for our children. Now, because of the Rise School, my dream for my children includes the hope that they will be able to be leaders in the work we have to build a truly inclusive world. Every day, I know, those seeds are planted. ←Back to Support Rise