Ranney's Early Childhood program includes Beginners (age 3) and Pre-Kindergarten. Our teachers are specialists in Early Childhood Education and our classrooms are distinctive, featuring intentional spaces grounded in Reggio Emilia, a developmental theory leveraging exploration and creation. In this model, the room becomes another teacher. The classroom starts in September with a blank canvas and evolves through the year as children take on responsibility and demonstrate new knowledge. As a result, each classroom becomes a unique reflection of a particular class of students. Class spaces are in a constant state of growth and change; change that can be impacted by students’ own contributions.
Early Childhood classes are kept small, with low student-teacher ratios so that students can receive nurturing, individualized attention. Throughout a six-day cycle, students have the opportunity to visit the Searle Library and Media Center, the LS music studio, world language classrooms, and the community garden. Early childhood students have the opportunity to work with multiple teachers. Students also enjoy our athletic facilities including an indoor heated pool and outdoor play structures designed with a variety of age-appropriate physical challenges.