Small class sizes and collaborative learning teams enable our faculty to know each child’s strengths and encourage growth. Our curriculum includes Singapore Math, the Orton-Gillingham literacy approach, and a STEAM-focused, inquiry-based approach to science. Student can choose to study Spanish, Mandarin, or French. Across disciplines, our Lower School faculty employ experiential learning activities to cultivate curiosity and a natural love of learning. During each cycle, children visit science labs, art and music studios, world language classrooms, our community garden, the Searle Library, the playground, and our indoor heated pool for aquatics instruction.
In the upper grades of Lower School, children have a choice of electives, including Robotics, Band, Orchestra, Graphic Art, or Chorus. Students in 4th and 5th grades can participate as actors and set designers in the Lower School play. Students build confidence as they perform and engage in public speaking at Lower School gatherings and special events in our Panther Hall auditorium. As a campus spanning age 3 through grade 12, students have opportunities to learn from older students and mentor younger students, all while learning to be good citizens and contributing members of our community.
Ranney’s expansive campus offers a multitude of unique experiences where children can discover their talents and build the confidence to find their own path to success.
We look forward to welcoming you to Ranney School and working with you and your family during the Admissions process!
The first step in the application process is to start an online application through the myRanney portal. Click the Apply Online button on the right to begin an application and submit the $75 application fee. Applicants to Ranney's Kindergarten program must be 5 by October 15th of the year of entry.
Lower School Applicant Checklist
Once you begin your application and it has been processed by the Admissions team, you will be able to log in to your myRanney account to access your applicant checklist. This checklist will allow you to keep track of the status of your application and outstanding items, such as teacher recommendations and school transcripts.
Panther Visit and Testing
Once the narrative portion of the application is complete, applicants are invited to schedule a visit on campus. During the visit, students complete a skills assessment and are also observed in the classroom setting. Applicants for Beginners and Pre-Kindergarten visit with a small playgroup of applicants that fall within a suitable age range. Playgroups are scheduled at least once a month beginning in January.
Applicants for Kindergarten visit from 8:45 – 11:00 am. Students first join a Pre-Kindergarten class for morning activities and then complete a brief skills assessment.
Applicants for Grades 1-5 visit from 8:45 am – 2:30 pm. Applicants first complete their testing requirements and spend the remainder of the day in the classroom with peers in his or her current grade level. Lunch is provided. Parent interviews with the Admissions Team are scheduled during the day.