Innovative, Rigorous Curriculum

Ranney School offers a rigorous course of study and curricula that is forward-thinking, flexible, and relevant. Our tradition of achievement is enhanced by collaborative, project-based leaning. Student-centered methods of teaching inspire creative problem-solving, a love of learning, and meaningful connections to coursework. We have begun to incorporate Design Thinking into our curriculum with an emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) disciplines across divisions. Design Thinking is a creative and iterative process for developing solutions to problems through hands-on construction and prototyping. With a Singapore-based math program (video), computer science integration across all grade levels, three World Languages, an Orton-Gillingham-based literacy curriculum, Robotics courses and electives, and Capstone research projects, our students benefit from an innovative academic track from the earliest grades. See below for details.

Plus: Explore our outdoor classroom - the community garden.

Capstone Research

Ranney students become independent learners who are capable of applying the skills, attitudes and habits they have gained to a lifetime of learning. The Capstone Project, completed in the 5th, 8th, and 12th grades, is one way Ranney fulfills this important purpose. Capstones allow students to pursue individual research that expands their intellectual curiosity beyond the classroom. Read More.

Design Thinking & Innovation

Ranney is in the process of integrating a Design Thinking framework, or out-of-the box problem solving, throughout our curriculum. Employed to achieve extraordinary results, Design Thinking is not simply solving problems, but discovering new opportunities. For example, as part of a particular project, students will: define a problem, consider the options, experiment and execute. View a video on Design Thinking at Ranney.
 
Students in our Lower School are already putting this practice into action in their new Innovation Lab. Modeled after the MakerSpaces popping up across the country, the station provides preschoolers and elementary students to learn and apply practical skills by using wood-working and sewing tools, electronics, traditional arts and crafts materials, 3D printers – and their imaginations! Recently, students used cardboard and other supplies to create items that resemble those in a classroom, such as desks, shelves, and chairs, and turned newspaper into popcorn containers and blenders. Learn more about our Innovation Lab.  

Middle School Social Entrepreneurial Challenge

As part of a new Social Entrepreneurial Challenge program started in 2015, all three grades of the Middle School spend a year focusing on a global theme, such as food (2015) or water (2016). During the 2015-16 school year, students spend their first semester learning about the various global issues connected to food, such as nutrition, hunger scarcity, the supply chain, obesity and more, through lectures, documentaries and research. In the second semester, students worked in small groups to devise plans for a profitable and socially conscious business. They presented their plans to a panel of adults from within and outside our school community.

By conversing around the same theme for a year, the division is building unity while also learning about global issues and putting professional skills into practice. 

UN Partnerships

Upper School students may also participate Global Citizens Clubs and Electives, as well as in Model UN/Model Congress. Their work includes research and debate of global issues, as well as presentations and trips made to United Nations Headquarters in New York City. As part of these initiatives, Upper School students have the unique opportunity to participate in partnerships with UN-based organizations. For example, in 2015-16, students researched and presented on global sustainable development goals as part of a UN Sustainable Development Goals Study Group with Monmouth University, the United Nations Division of Sustainable Development (UN-DESA), and the Department of Public Information (UN-DPI). In 2016-17, students are working on a year-long Peace & Justice project, incorporating interdisciplinary subjects such as art and music. Details about these programs are on our Global Citizens page.

Robotics Program

A major component of Ranney School's STEAM curriculum is Ranney Robotics, a program established in 2010. Students in all divisions, starting in fourth grade, have the opportunity to participate in Robotics through course electives and extracurricular clubs. 

By programming, engineering, building and driving robots, our students gain valuable skills in team-building, strategy, computer science and problem-solving. Our youngest students are also getting a taste for programming with Bee-Bots. Pre-Kindergartners, Kindergartners, and first graders are using measurement, calculation, strategy and more to program  small bee-shaped robots to drive through mazes and number charts, as well as to explore world languages. The teamwork and programming skills they are learning at this young age  carry over to Ranney's robotics and coding programs as they enter higher grade levels. Learn more on our Robotics Program Page.
Building STEAM at Ranney School

STEAM in Action

  • Lower School Robotics

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  • Lower School Robotics Practice

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  • Middle School Robotics

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  • Middle School (1/13/18)

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  • Upper School (January 14, 2018)

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  • 8th Grade Beach & Boat Design/Test Project

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  • Turning Newspaper into Functional Tables - Middle Schoolers in the Innovation Lab

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  • Robotics in the Lower School

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  • Middle School Engineering Challenges

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  • World Language Faculty Test out the Innovation Lab

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  • VEX Worlds 2017

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  • Lily & Parson Prepare for VEX IQ Worlds

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  • Fourth Graders Demonstrate Chain Reaction - Robotics

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  • Middle School at CREATE U.S. Open Vex Robotics Nationals

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  • Middle & Upper School Teams Compete at Nationals, April 2017

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  • Board Games through Design Thinking

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  • MS Science - Turning Yeast into Bread

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  • Science Olympiad Demo - the Wright Stuff

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  • Science Olympiad Demo - Tower-Weight Challenge

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  • VEX Competition (Middlesex Academy, Feb. 11, 2017)

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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.