Independent schools are valued for their dedication to mission, intellectual inquiry, rigorous course of study, and curricula that is creative, meaningful, and relevant to history, society, and progress for the future. Ranney School is the only Age 3-Grade 12 co-ed, secular, independent day school serving Monmouth & Ocean Counties. At Ranney, students have the opportunity to pursue all of their ambitions, from rigorous academics and leadership opportunities to the visual and performing arts, athletics and technology. Ranney is a school that children can truly grow up in and reach their full potential; it is a place where teachers and parents play a fundamental role in shaping the next generation for meaningful, honorable, and creative leadership and contribution.
Ranney School is governed by a Board of Trustees, rather than a public school board or other outside governing body. The Board is responsible for establishing overall policy and assuring financial stability. Ranney relies on tuition, charitable donations, and other revenues. It is the duty of the Board not to operate the school, but to see that the school is well operated.
Mission-driven Education combined with Admissions Selectivity & High Academic Standards
Independent schools like Ranney are not governed by specific state laws or educational trends regarding what to teach; they are free to design curricula and co-curricular activities that are mission-based and responsive to needs in society and global events. Programs are grounded in a respect of tradition, but are also renewed continually for meaningful approaches and best-practice. It is the goal of Ranney School to be challenging, competitive, and selective. This approach, combined with a selective admissions’ process, fosters a community of motivated, committed students and parents.
As an independent school, Ranney hires teachers who are experts in their fields and who possess an educational philosophy that is centered on students and aligns with our mission. Our faculty members are skilled educators both in and out of the classroom, acting as not only teachers, but also as mentors, advisors, and coaches. They uphold the model standards set by Independent School Management—the only comprehensive management-support firm for private-independent schools in the United States and abroad.
Rigorous Accreditation Process
Ranney School holds dual accreditation with the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The accreditation process provides Ranney with the opportunity for regular self-assessment and input from a committee of independent school peers designed to assess adherence to mission, institutional effectiveness, student learning outcomes, and sustainability. Ranney School is also a member the National Association of Colleges and Schools.
Strong Sense of Community
Students come to Ranney School from across Monmouth and Ocean Counties, representing more than 60 towns. Our after-school programs and athletics, combined with an active Parents’ Association, enable students and families to build strong friendships in and outside of school. With a robust “Lifer” community (30-40% of our Upper School students have attended Ranney for 10 or more years), students, teachers, and families are able to grow meaningful relationships in which each child and family is truly known and valued.
Read NJAIS Executive Director Carole Everett's piece on independent schools
(Star Ledger, March 2017)