COSTA MESA — Local families interested in giving their children a multilingual education gathered in Costa Mesa on Saturday for the grand opening of a new private school.
Renascence School International celebrated the opening of its second location at 2987 Mesa Verde East with a Chinese lion dance, ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the school and a speech by the school's founder Juliann Talkington.
"What we're trying to do with this school is prepare kids for this new world, new reality," she said, referring to the global community. "The whole goal of the program is to create a child with unlimited possibilities."
Talkington opened the first Renascence School in Panama City, Fla., teaching students English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. The private school uses an international curriculum that combines the best from different cultures, she said.
The school also de-emphasizes the use of technology to encourage students to think creatively, puts importance on cultivating healthy eating habits and instills character and values, said Carrie Mizera, executive director at the Orange County campus.