Healthy living is important and helps support proper academic, social and physical development. At Ranney School, we encourage our students to embrace an active, healthy lifestyle by understanding that to be “well” means to embrace many aspects of school life, such as a love of learning, responsible citizenship, physical activity, proper health and hygiene habits, nutrition, good character and overall emotional wellness, which includes anti-bullying education, good decision making, living honorably and abiding by ethical practices.
In Lower School, for example, classroom instruction is complimented with an understanding and appreciation for the developmental stages of our students. We arrange for our young students to receive health and wellness education during curriculum and classroom instruction and as an extension of physical education (PE) classes. We develop a schedule that provides students opportunities to attend health seminars throughout the school year as well. These seminars are conducted by our school nurses, our PE team, guest speakers and lecturers.
The Middle School Health and Wellness program is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop positive habits and relationships. Students learn to better understand themselves and others. This understanding leads to intrapersonal and interpersonal strength, confidence and acceptance. Our program utilizes PE faculty members as instructors when it is deemed most suitable and beneficial. In addition, we have established a relationship with two local health organizations. CentraState Healthcare System and Prevention First assist us by hosting our students and visiting campus. Health and Wellness topics are determined based on what is educationally and developmentally appropriate. Some topics vary from year to year while other topics remain the same but are adjusted for each grade level, ensuring a review of previous material as well as a progression of material, insight and depth.
The Upper School recognizes the significance of Health and Wellness education in the development of adolescents. Programs are provided by the PE department throughout the school year and take the form of small group seminar sessions, guest speakers and all-school assemblies. These sessions, which are frequently taught by guest teachers and specialists, cover a variety of important topics, ensuring that all Ranney graduates have been provided a broad Health and Wellness education.