Middle School Student Life

A Sense of Community

Providing a positive and supportive school environment is an essential factor contributing to the success of adolescent students. In the Ranney Middle School, students meet daily with a faculty advisor. These daily meetings include a brief homeroom period and a midday period lasting 25 minutes. Each advisor serves approximately 10 students. As mentors, advisors guide and monitor each student’s academic and social progress, complete goal setting and evaluation, and are available to counsel students on the often challenging issues of adolescence. Advisors regularly consult with individual subject teachers and with parents when necessary. This level of communication allows advisors to facilitate conversations that foster student independence and self-advocacy while also providing support and guidance. The advisor and advisee relationship is a crucial component of the support system provided during the challenging Middle School years and connects all members of our community.
In addition to our advisory program, our schedule provides time for community gatherings. Once every six-day cycle, we hold a grade-level meeting and a division town hall assembly. These gatherings provide consistent opportunities for all students and advisors in a particular grade to meet, as well as our entire division of faculty and students to meet. The gatherings include topics such as character education, community service, student-driven activities or projects, guest speakers, group discussion, health and wellness instruction, and other valuable experiences.  

See also our Student Life Program sections on this page for more details on Ranney STEAM & Robotics, Global Leadership & Community Service.

Extracurricular Activities

The Middle School schedule provides two 45-minute periods in our six-day cycle for extracurricular activities. These activities are designed to explore a variety of topics, discover new interests, develop new skills and enhance established strengths. Our program is evaluated annually to create a menu of relevant, current and meaningful activities and clubs. For example, our Robotics Team has participated in local and national competitions, the Yoga Club is recently established and the Communications Club works with various media formats. Student input is considered and student proposals are welcome. See our list of school-day activities at right. 
Outside of these scheduled activities, other clubs and leadership groups meet before or after school to prepare for academic competitions, reinforce our school’s core values or to design community projects. See list at right. 


Middle School offers a variety of athletic activities that are sure to appeal to almost every student. Open to students in 6th through 8th grade, the Middle School Athletic Program encourages students of all abilities to participate in competitive interscholastic sports, and provides the opportunity to develop athletic skills while enjoying the camaraderie of teamwork and excitement of competition. The program also focuses on mastering rules of play, sportsmanship, behavioral expectations and fair play. Practices are held each day during the season, generally during physical education class, and games are scheduled with a mix of public and private schools throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

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Clubs & Activities

School-Day Activities
Art, Ceramics & Glass
Communications Club
Community Service
Dance Club
Debate Club
Film Review Club
Hands Across Campus
The Mag
Soaring to New Heights in Science
Yoga Club

Clubs and Leadership Groups
Boat Builders
Honor Code
Junior Tri-M Music Honor Society
Math League
Math Olympiad
Peer Ambassadors
Science Olympiad

Ranney School

235 Hope Road
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
Tel. 732.542.4777
Our mission is to nurture intellectual curiosity and confidence to inspire students to lead honorably, think creatively, and contribute meaningfully to society. Learn more.