Distinguished Speaker Series

Distinguished Speaker Series

Thanks to a generous, multi-year commitment made by a school family, Ranney is proud to present the Distinguished Speaker Series for our Upper School community. The series is aimed at providing students with an opportunity to think forward and to grasp hold of traditional as well as new subjects through unique, personal, and international perspectives. Community support of the Ranney Fund can expand these opportunities for our students across all grade levels.

Below is a look at the Distinguished Speakers hosted on campus to date. View clips on our Youtube Playlist
  • Taiko drumming artist Mark Rooney presented to all three divisions, sharing with our students this form of dynamic, full-body drumming based in Japanese tradition. (October 2017; view his website).
  • Mental Diversity Advocate and Scientist Alix Generous (April 2017, see story and video)
  • Actor/Writer/Educator Steven Tejada (March 2017, see story and video).
  • Poetry Slam Champion Clint Smith, "The Danger of Silence" (January 2017, see story and video).
  • Professional Endurance Athlete Colin O'Brady (November 2016, see story and video)
  • New Yorker Cartoonist Matthew Diffee (May 2016, see story and video)
  • Teen Motivational Speaker Josh Shipp (March 2016, see story and video)
  • New York Times bestelling author Jessica Lahey (October 2017, see story)
  • Photojournalist and filmmaker Ed Kashi (January 2018, see video)

Upper School Student Life

Peer Mentorship

Our Upper School Peer Mentorship Program imparts leadership, interpersonal, and intrapersonal communication skills. Students will facilitate workshops with peers and underclassmen, and plan and carry out community outreach programs and school events.

More than building leadership skills in the individual student, the program plays a great role in strengthening community ties while developing a positive, forward‐looking school climate. The program seeks students who are self‐motivated role models for the school and community, and who work well independently and collaboratively with students and staff members. There is an application process that includes essays, interviews, and attendance and discipline checks.

Learn more in this student-created video.

Community Service

Upper School community service projects provide students with an opportunity to work together for the benefit of both the global and local community. Working with faculty advisors and many organizations, such as Clean Ocean Action, Lunch Break and the American Cancer Society, students participate in a broad range of community based activities, such as beach cleaning, serving nutritious meals to those in need and holiday fundraisers. Learn more on our Community Service page.

Trips & Immersions

Upper School students experience the world beyond Ranney by participating in a variety of off-campus trips that enhance classroom learning, including annual retreats and new global immersion and experiential learning programs. Trips to museums, historic sites, performance venues and even visits to universities, afford Upper School students the opportunity to explore through first-hand experiences. Students are also able to attend a variety of outside workshops and distinguished speaker lectures, as well as participate in legislative process activities.

View our 2017 Spring Break International Trips.

Honor Societies

Academic Honor Societies recognize and celebrate students who have excelled academically within one or more disciplines. To earn membership into these nationally affiliated honor societies, students must maintain a high scholastic average in the related coursework while pursuing extracurricular activities that align with that discipline. After earning induction into an honor society, students collaborate with each other given their shared interests and participate in service activities on and off campus. 

See specific descriptions and eligibility below.

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  • Student Life Video Slideshow (Middle & Upper Schools)

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Clubs & Activities

Read an article about new student-led clubs, by Katherine Bibilouri '18.

A capella Group
Academic Team
Admissions Ambassadors
Aquariums & Terrariums
Astronomy Club
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Book Club
Chamber Orchestra
Community Service
Contemporary Band/Jazz Combo
Cooking for a Cause
Costumed Figure Drawing
Dance Club
Digital Production
Diversity Club
Entrepreneurship Club
Film Club
Girls Who Code
Global Citizenship
Grilling Club
Habitat for Humanity
Harvard Model Congress
History Club/History Bowl
I Am That Girl
Intramural Sports
Lower School Internship (Grade 10 Only)
Math League
My Hometown
Open Studio
Outdoors Club
Poetry Club
Politics Club
Room to Read
RSVP Literary Magazine
Science Bowl
Speech & Debate
Strategic Games
TAXI World Languages Literary Magazine
Technical Theater Club
Torch Newspaper
Women’s Studies

Students also may participate in band, chorus, orchestra and forensics performing arts activities year-round.

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.