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.