Ranney’s rigorous and dynamic Upper School curriculum is designed to engage and challenge each student in their educational journey. During Upper School, students transition from adolescence to adulthood; in the midst of this significant emotional and physical change, students must face the task of preparing for and selecting a college that is an appropriate match for their interests, aptitudes, talents, and goals. Through small class sizes, strong advisory and college counseling programs, and a student-centered approach to education, Ranney fosters Upper School students’ independence, emotional intelligence, and character. Teachers challenge every student uniquely and often provide students guidance beyond academics. Our goal is to create a foundation upon which students will graduate from Ranney with the ability to succeed in college and beyond. Freshmen and sophomores pursue a prescribed program to ensure that they are confident and capable in reading, writing, mathematics, creativity, critical analysis, research, organization, and study skills. Juniors and seniors have more flexible curricular choices to pursue their academic and creative interests. In addition to academics, our students are encouraged to pursue ambitions in the arts, athletics, and service. Upon graduation, Ranney students are confident, empathetic, resilient problem-solvers and self-advocates who think globally and who understand the importance of work/life balance.