New Families

The following letter was written by Mrs. Fadia Kruse, parent of Alexa (Class of 2029) and Lachlan (Class of 2031), to Ranney Lower School Head Dr. Andrea Danial after joining our community in the 2016-17 school year
I wanted to reach out to you to provide some feedback on our experience with Ranney so far as a new Ranney family. Both my husband and I are extremely happy with the experience we have had on all levels and are very glad to have made the move. Lexi and Lachlan just love going to school and that means so much. They look forward to drop off and they have big smiles on their faces at pick up.  Lexi is always excited to fill me in on her day and she has nothing but great things to say about her classmates and her teacher, Miss Innocenti.  Lachlan clearly loves having Mrs. Silverio and Mrs. Engles as teachers. They are so warm and nurturing and have so much energy, which I'm sure the children love. 
Lexi and Lachlan are already learning so much. Lexi's interest in learning to read is growing every day but even more so, I feel both children are learning so much more about the world.  They come home excited ​about what they have learned, whether it's how to create an explosion in science class, how to say ‘hello’ in Chinese, which foods are considered healthy foods, or what they need to do when crossing the street. It makes me so happy to know that they are constantly learning and it is clearly because they are happy, engaged, and interested in what they are being taught.
We also love the fact that everyone we encounter in the school is so kind and helpful. All of the teachers know our children's names and welcome them in a friendly and thoughtful manner wherever they are in the school. This goes such a long way. It gives us comfort knowing that you, [Head of School] Dr. Griffith, and your teachers go above and beyond to get to know each and every student and have them feel more at home.  
We noticed from the day we enrolled our children that the Lower School is very organized. We appreciate the open and regular communication with the teachers and with [our admissions director] Meredith during the enrollment process. Everyone goes above and beyond to make the experience for the parents easier. Everything from the parent portal pages, the homeroom updates, the Beginners Twitter feed, direct email communication with the teachers, and the inclusion of parents in classroom activities all help to ensure our children are taken care of and get the education we expect. The events organized by the school have also been such a pleasant experience​, as they have provided us with the opportunity to get to know other parents at the school and allow our children to get to know their friends outside of school in a less formal setting. 
One last thing that we appreciate as parents is the all-inclusive fee structure. We pay a premium to send our children to private school, but at Ranney we feel that we get value for our money.  It is so nice to not worry about school supplies, food, after care, family events, and school trips.  For us, this just adds to the value of the school.
​We truly appreciate your leadership of the Lower School. It is clear to us that your leadership has had such a positive impact on the school and we get the same sense from other parents with whom we have spoken.​ Thank you for making this transition for our children and us so enjoyable.  We are excited to watch our children continue to grow, learn, and excel at Ranney. 


An additional new parent perspective, written by Jessica Fitch Olmstead, parent of Jackson ’29

“We have been completely overjoyed with the overwhelming warm welcomes offered to our family. There is no shadow of doubt that we made the best decision in choosing our son’s academic home. Jackson has always previously been very tight-lipped about his school days, but he has come home every day with endless stories and smiles!

“The teachers are so very enthusiastic and clearly passionate about making all of our kids the best humans they can be. We are so very proud to be a member of the Ranney family ... and that truly is what everyone (parents, students, and faculty alike) makes it feel like—a family, and we look forward to all Panther adventures ahead!”


Read a perspective by Katherine Bibilouri, Class of 2018, on coming to Ranney as a new Upper School student.

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List of 25 news stories.

  • Varun Sikand

    Ranney School alum Varun Sikand, Class of 2018, shares what his college application process was like and how he navigated his next steps after being accepted into six Ivy League schools. 
  • Artists

    Jacob E., Class of 2019, on becoming a principal cellist as a result of Ranney Performing Arts

    Jacob E.

    Class of 2019
  • Faculty

    Teacher Mark DiGiovanni on how advising a group of students over four years exemplified his own independent school experience

    Mr. Mark DiGiovanni

    History Department Chair/Upper School Faculty
  • Athletes

    Abby B., Class of 2018, and Alex K., Class of 2019, on being scholar-athletes

    Abby B.

    Class of 2018
  • Lifers

    Rebekah L., Class of 2017, on being a Ranney Lifer

    Rebekah L.

    Class of 2017

  • Students

    Saxon D., Class of 2021, on Ranney Middle School, from academics to athletics and the arts

    Saxon D.

    Class of 2021

  • Alumni

    Alumna Sheila Sahni on how Ranney provided her with the foundation to succeed

    Dr. Sheila Sahni

    Class of 2002
  • New Families

    Fadia Kruse, parent of Alexa and Lachlan, on joining the Ranney community and the value of a Ranney education.

    The Kruse Family

  • College Counseling

    Jared Rush, Class of 2017, and other students share their journey through the college search and application process.  

    Jared Rush

    Class of 2017

  • Faculty - Arts

    Music teacher & parent Dorothy Sobieski on how the Ranney community commits to developing and educating the whole child.

    Dr. Dorothy Sobieski

    All-Division Orchestra Director
  • Alumni

    Sid Sharma, Class of 2016, on how Ranney's teachers made him college-ready.

    Sid Sharma

    Class of 2016
  • Athletes

    Gabriella S., Class of 2018, on athletic and leadership opportunities at Ranney.

    Gabriella S.

    Class of 2018
  • Academic Leadership

    Middle School Assistant Head David Ketcham on how the leadership team approaches this delicate and most important period of adolescence.

    David Ketcham

    Middle School Assistant Head
  • Students

    Julianna P., Class of 2017, shares her Ranney experience through a letter to the Freshman class. 

    Julianna P.

    Class of 2017

  • Students

    Sixth-grader Nate on how Ranney can help you rule the world.


    Class of 2023

  • Alumni

    Sophia Jackman, Class of 2016, on how Ranney's "ABCD's" of problem solving prepared her and her peers.

    Sophia Jackman

    Class of 2016

  • Faculty

    Robotics & Computer Science Teacher Chiara Shah on how inspiration and design thinking are leading the way in Ranney’s classrooms.

    Chiara Shah

    Robotics Advisor, Computer Science Faculty
  • Alumni

    George Timmins, Class of 2015, on how Ranney prepared him for college.

    George Timmins

    Class of 2015
  • Parents

    Parents provide insight into their families' experiences with Ranney.

    The Pepe Family

    Andrew '23, Desmond '25, Kyra '27 and Deegan '29
  • Artists

    Samantha R., Class of 2019, on how the arts at Ranney help to foster students' individual passions.

    Samantha R.

    Class of 2019
  • Students

    Thomas B., Class of 2022, on why your family should consider Ranney today. 

    Thomas B.

    Class of 2022
  • Students New to Ranney

    Katherine B., Class of 2018, on the changes she discovered in her education and student life experience after joining Ranney.

    Katherine B.

    Class of 2018
  • Academic Leadership

    Lower School Assistant Head Allison Reddington on how the leadership team and faculty nurture and guide our youngest students.

    Allison Reddington

    Lower School Assistant Head
  • The College Process

    In a series of essays, the Class of 2016's Tessa Payer provides an inside look at college interviews, the common application and the overall guidance experience.

    Tessa Payer

    Class of 2016
  • Faculty

    First-grade teacher JoAnn Petrantis on how Ranney is growing imaginations and problem solving, starting at Age 3.

    JoAnn Petrantis

    First-Grade Teacher
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