*Ranney “lifers” are students who have attended the school for 10 or more years
Ranney School gifted me with such a wonderful experience. I’ve created lifelong bonds with teachers and students, memories that I hope to carry with me forever, and learned lessons beyond the classroom. I’ve been provided with unbelievable opportunities from the Ranney community. Watching myself, my friends, and the school community grow over the years has been truly incredible. Ranney has taught me the importance of connections, scholarship, and appreciation.
The bonds I’ve created at Ranney are so strong. I started at Ranney when I was just 3 years old. I learned so much between Age 3 and 5th Grade, but nothing beats the friendships I made along the way. The small class sizes allowed me to get to know my teachers and peers deeply, and now, as a graduating senior, I can truly say that I can depend on my fellow “lifers” for support. Our shared memories connect us, and it is that support that gives me the confidence each day to take on new challenges and explore new ideas.
Sometimes, I cross campus to the Lower School to see my former teachers, and they still welcome me with loving arms. Dr. Sobieski, whom I now have for Upper School Orchestra (I play the cello), was the one who instilled the love of music in me years ago. I continue to see Coach Lazic, Coach Bongiovanni, and Coach McHenry every day on my way to varsity practices (I am a three season athlete, playing soccer, fencing, and softball), still cheering me on just as they did when I was little. I wasn’t sure how all these relationships would hold up when I left Ranney in 6th Grade to move to South Korea for my dad’s job. I was even less sure when I moved to Maryland for a short while thereafter. However, I returned to Ranney in high school and the connections were all still there! I have the love and support of the Ranney community from all divisions - at all times.
In addition to community, scholarship is a key principle I learned over the course of my 12 years at Ranney. I’ve always loved learning new things, and I credit my Ranney education for instilling that characteristic in me at a young age. In Lower School, I’d come home bursting with excitement about my day at school. I would tell my mom all the stuff I learned and why I thought it was so cool. My 4th-grade sister, Sabrina, does the same thing now. As an Upper School student, I am grateful to have grown up that way. I look at the world with aspirations to be a scholar. I approach life with an open mind, curiosity, and a desire to learn. With this aspiration, I feel prepared to head off to college and excited to learn so much more.
I am also appreciative of having the opportunity to be a Ranney Lifer. Not everyone has the opportunity to attend a school like ours and I am thankful for each day I spend at school, for each lesson I’m taught, and for each interaction I have. The individual attention, love, and support from the Ranney community has shaped me into the person I am today. As I head off to Johns Hopkins University this fall to study Applied Mathematics and Statistics, I feel well prepared to take on new challenges and roles thanks to my Ranney Lifer experience!
Rebekah was inducted into Ranney School’s Chapter of the Cum Laude Society in April 2017. The academic society honors the top 20% of each senior class. She also received Ranney’s senior Scholar-Athlete Award and earned distinction as an AP Scholar and National Merit Scholar. She is a member of Science National Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, National Honor Society, and Co-President of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.



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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