The Ranney Upper School curriculum is designed to engage each student in their own educational journey and to provide opportunities for appropriately increased challenge during their four years. Our ultimate goal is to create a foundation upon which students will graduate from Ranney with the ability to succeed in college and beyond. We acknowledge that academics are just one piece of a comprehensive independent school education, and actively seek opportunities to develop character, emotional intelligence, global awareness and a strong understanding of identity and community.
Freshman and sophomore students pursue a prescribed program to ensure they are confident and capable in reading, writing, mathematics, creativity, critical analysis, research, organization and study skills. The junior and senior years provide more flexible curricular choices in which students are able to demonstrate mastery of these skills through elective courses in areas of academic and creative interest.
Relationships are the heart of Ranney School and serve as the basis upon which excellence occurs. Our faculty is dedicated to providing an engaging learning environment with multiple styles of instruction and assessment in order to ensure the success of all of our students. Upper school students are encouraged to do their personal best by leading their educational journey with guidance from faculty. Such interaction is assured by Ranney’s small classes and teaching philosophy. A detailed description of courses offered each year can be found in the curriculum guide (2016-17 guide at right).
The Upper School years are critical for students. This is a time of social, emotional and physical development, in which the transition from adolescence to adulthood takes place. By helping students develop personal responsibility, empathy, independence, leadership skills, courage, self-knowledge, self-advocacy, healthy decision-making and a healthy lifestyle, our experienced and caring teachers and advisors guide students as they transition happily into adulthood and set positive examples for students in all three divisions to emulate. Successfully making this transition is key to one of the most challenging and important tasks students must address in Upper School – the selection of a post-secondary institution that is an appropriate match for their interests, aptitudes, talents and goals. Our College Guidance Office is unsurpassed in helping students and their parents navigate the college application and selection process.
By the completion of their senior year at Ranney School, students feel empowered and self-confident, have established strong and healthy relationships within the community, have acquired knowledge that will benefit them for the rest of their lives, and are ready to share their talents and dreams with the greater world. At Commencement, as parents proudly watch their children walk down the aisle, they can truly appreciate the value of a distinguished Ranney education.