A child’s curiosity is the essence of their early years. Therefore, our Lower School faculty encourage experiential learning
, or learning by doing. Through hands-on learning and by giving children some control over the direction of their education, our teachers build intrinsic motivation
and a love of learning while instilling foundational skills.
Our Lower School curriculum integrates language arts, mathematics (see a video on our Singapore Math approach), social studies, science, world languages (French, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish), physical education, art, music, and library
. In the Upper Grades of Lower School, children participate in electives, including band, chorus, and orchestra, graphic art, and robotics (video)
Throughout their day, children visit science labs, art and music studios, world language classrooms, the community garden
, as well as the Searle Library and Media Center, the Lower School Dining Hall, and our state-of-of the art playground. Students also share the school’s expansive athletic complex
, which includes an indoor heated pool for aquatics
Students are prepared to perform and engage in public speaking
at Lower School gatherings, concerts, and special events in our Panther Hall auditorium. Ranney’s expansive campus fosters a multitude of activities and experiences where children can discover their interests and learning style
, and also to learn how to be good citizens within our school and the community beyond.