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  • Accreditation

    Ranney School holds dual accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS) and the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS). While accreditation by MSACS generally depends on satisfactory performance in all areas–from academics to physical plant–NJAIS accreditation focuses on the school's curriculum. Our school was most recently re-accredited in 2015.

The Independent School Experience

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  • The Independent School Difference at Ranney

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  • How does an independent school community function?

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  • How does an independent school compare to a private school?

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  • What type of learning experiences/curricula are offered compared with public schools?

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  • What can a student athlete expect?

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  • How is the college search and application process handled?

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  • How are independent schools held accountable?

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Ranney At a Glance

Our Approach

At Ranney School, we know and value every child through a student-centered appproach to education.

As an Age 3—Grade 12 independent school, we focus on helping children build academic, leadership, and interpersonal skills that prepare them for each chapter in their educational journey and beyond. Ranney’s teachers are experienced professionals who are specialists in their fields (more than 65% have advanced degrees). They inspire students to be curious and to achieve a life that is balanced and rich in learning, creativity, sport, play, and relationships. As children move through grades and divisions (Lower, Middle and Upper), faculty and academic leadership teams meet to ensure that transitions are smooth and to help children adjust successfully as academic and co-curricular responsibilities and expectations evolve. We encourage children to take part in building community and decision-making in age-appropriate ways to foster leadership, independence and an awareness of how their decisions and actions impact their community and the world around them. 

Together, our innovative, rigorous curriculum, robust student life programs, and nurturing learning community graduates students who are resilient, globally-minded citizens prepared to succeed and reach their full potential.

The Ranney Difference by Division

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Student Life Snapshot

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  • Athletics

    Ranney offers 15 different interscholastic sports and competes in the Shore Conference’s “B Central” Division. Our teams have earned back-to-back division championships and take pride in promoting school spirit. Our athletic facilities include a 25-meter indoor pool, a track and field, lacrosse wall, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, two gyms, an Athletic Trainer’s room and a 400-plus capacity grandstand. 
    See our Athletics page for more details.
  • Character Education in the Classroom

  • Extracurriculars

    Students can choose from more than 50 clubs during activity periods and afterschool. For example, students take pride in producing award-winning publications as well as planting and harvesting in our campus garden.
    See our Clubs page for more details.
  • Globally-Minded Leadership & Education

    Students have opportunities to lead through roles in clubs and by addressing their peers at assemblies. As they enter Middle and Upper School, there are leadership opportunities in Student Council and Honor Societies. Our Upper School students are also participating in a unique partnership with Monmouth University and the United Nations to propose solutions for global sustainability.
  • Student Publications & Voices

    In addition to producing year-long, intensive research projects (Capstones) in the 5th, 8th and 12th grades, Ranney's Middle and Upper School students participate in Forensics and Debate Clubs, and produce literary magazines, a newspaper ("The Torch") and a yearbook.
  • Service & Social Responsibility

    Students engage with the local community through toy and food drives, awareness walks and special projects. In addition, students in all divisions participate in community service clubs and electives throughout the school year.
    See our Community Service section for more details.
  • STEAM & Robotics

    Design and build a boat; problem-solve in Math League or Science Olympiad; identify solutions creatively in our Innovation Labs... students have many ways to nurture their inner scientist, engineer, artist or mathematician. Students in all divisions also have the opportunity to program and build robots. Our Upper School team has competed in four World VEX Robotics Championships since 2010, and our robotics students across all divisions are recognized at the state and national level.
    See our STEAM student life section for more details.
  • Visual & Performing Arts

    Nearly half of our students participate in orchestra, band, chorus, forensics or drama programs. Each year, the school produces four Broadway-style productions, as well as multiple concerts and intimate Coffee Houses for the school and community. From photography and painting to glass fusing and 3-D printing, one can always find the work of our artists on display. Students, faculty and alums also participate in regular exhibitions throughout the local community.

Virtual Google Tour

Ranney School is located in Monmouth County at 235 Hope Road, Tinton Falls, NJ (View GoogleMap)

What New Teaching Approaches Mean for Students

Ranney School's expert faculty contributed to a special series in the Two River Times newspaper's Education section througout the spring of 2017. Read the series here:
Read the voices of students, parents, faculty, and alumni. View Our Story.

Videos about Our School

Quick Facts

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  • Innovative & Rigorous Curriculum

    • Our expert teachers have advanced degrees and design curriculum
    • STEAM courses (including Robotics) across all divisions
    • Design Thinking and interdisciplinary project-based learning inspire students to explore creative, hands-on problem-solving strategies
    • Year-long intensive research projects led by 5th, 8th and 12th graders
    • Personalized, comprehensive College Counseling Program begins at the end of Grade 9
    • 100% of our graduates attend college (Our Class of 2016 earned admittance to six Ivy Leagues, and $2.4 million in scholarship awards over four years)
  • Robust Student Life Programs

    • Performing arts: Orchestra, Band, and Chorus and theater (Musicals/Plays) in all divisions; Annual Count Basie nominations
    • Visual Arts: ceramics, painting, sculpture, glass, photography and much more, featuring state-of-the-art equipment (3-D printing)
    • Globally competitive Robotics program
    • 15 sports represented across our varsity and middle school teams, from lacrosse and soccer to crew, sailing, and fencing. Plus, aquatic instruction for our youngest students
    • Peer-leadership development and mentorship opportunities across divisons
    • Forensics and debate teams
    • 40-plus clubs and activities, as well as 10-plus Honor Societies
  • Nurturing Learning Community

    • Small class sizes and a “parents as partners” approach
    • Advisory program builds meaningful student-teacher relationships
    • Formal age-appropriate character education programming
    • Peer mentorship programs and diversity/inclusion activities
    • Globally-minded curricula
  • Overall

    • Approximately 700 students age 3 to grade 12
    • 3 Divisions: Lower (Age 3-Grade 5, including Beginners & Pre-K Programs), Middle (Grades 6-8) and Upper (Grades 9-12)
    • Students come from more than 50 towns throughout Monmouth, Ocean & Middlesex Counties
    • Small class sizes; low student:teacher ratios
    • Approximately 30% of students attend Ranney for 10+ years
    • 1 in 10 students receive need-based financial aid; average award is $9,700
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Ranney School

235 Hope Road
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
Tel. 732.542.4777
Our mission is to nurture intellectual curiosity and confidence to inspire students to lead honorably, think creatively, and contribute meaningfully to society. Learn more.