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  • READY FOR THE WORLD

  • OUR MISSIONRancho Solano Preparatory School is an international learning community committed to educating, empowering and inspiring students from early childhood through 12th Grade. We are dedicated to accelerating each students academic achievement and maximizing their individual growth in a highly supportive and nurturing environment.

    Our challenging, yet collaborative educational approach prepares students to lead and succeed in todays fast-paced world with poise, courage and confidence.

    Our small group and individual instruction create an inspired curriculum, targeted goals and differentiated instruction. This unique education is designed to develop critical thinkers and ethical leaders who will contribute to society throughout their lives.

    WELCOME TO RANCHO SOLANO

    Kids today are curious, creative, engaged. They are eager to experience and change the world. To fulfill their dreams, these motivated young people need to have deep, sustaining values, diverse cultural experiences and the opportunities to explore and develop their passions. They need modern critical thinking skills, exposure to the arts, and access to state-of-the-art technology. They need to understand and take responsibility for themselves so that they can navigate the fast-moving world around them.

    At Rancho Solano Preparatory School, we answer these needs and give young people the strength, courage, character and competitive edge they need to excel in college and beyond.

    We are proud to say that we provide our families with a rigorous academic environment and strong sense of community. We would like to share these stories with you through the personal viewpoints of those who know and love Rancho Solano the best: our students, parents, teachers and administrators.

  • OURWe believe that learning to be respectful, responsible, empathetic and open-minded is just as important as learning calculus, chemistry and history. We also believe that a strong partnership and collaborative setting among students, parents, faculty and administration is the finest foundation for academic success. These core principles have made us beloved by our families, esteemed in our community and admired by other private, public and charter schools in Arizona.

    There is a difference that sets Rancho students apart from typical students their age. Ive heard so many stories about their maturity and good behavior in public and recently experienced it first-hand on a flight to Orlando. I could see the eye rolling by fellow passengers at the sight of a large group of students getting ready to board. I thought to myself, boy, are you going to be surprised. In fact, the flight attendant came on the intercom at the end of our flight and praised the students for their good behavior. Parent

    VALUES

    THE RANCHO 5:RESPECTFUL RESPONSIBLE SUCCESSFUL POLITE CONSIDERATE

    I was looking for a school with a strong academic program but also a focus on character traits. I think its important for children to not just be highly motivated academically and grow vertically. Its important that they are considerate, responsible to be successful. Rancho delivers on that. Parent

  • ACADEMICSOUR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS ARE STEERED BY PROVEN MERITAS METHODOLOGIES.

    PERSONAL LEARNING PLANS

    Our students at Rancho Solano are taught to ask why? rather than just what? Critical thinking involves broad, in-depth analysis of evidence to make decisions and communicate ones beliefs clearly and accurately. Whether our students are learning American History or Geometry or how to play a team sport, we inspire them to ask thoughtful questions, use higher-order reasoning and solve problems creatively.

    CRITICAL THINKING

    Find a spark. Blow on it. And create a bonfire. Thats the powerful idea behind our Personal Learning Plans. Personal Learning Plans encourage the range of abilities, needs and interests of each individual student with the goal of moving every student to a higher standard of achievement. We know that when students are challenged and excited, their love of learning always burns bright.

    The world is changing rapidly and we need people who can think, solve problems and figure things out. Rancho students learn to figure things out. We encourage young people to look at issues, take thoughtful risks and find

    unique solutions. Jeannine McDonald, Principal of the High School

  • MEASURED ACHIEVEMENTUsing the most sophisticated methods of monitoring and measuring student progress, we constantly assess whats been learned in our classrooms and hold ourselves accountable for each students academic growth and progress.

    We place a priority on academics and Rancho has always been the community leader. There are several alternatives in the area but none of them provides the balance and the depth that Rancho does. The education you get at Rancho is real, measurable and long-lasting. Parent

  • The world is becoming more global each day and technology is changing at lightning speed. Our children will be involved in careers and leadership opportunities that may not even exist yet. We really appreciate Ranchos commitment to this new and better teaching strategy. Parent

    ACADEMICS

  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATEINTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) DIPLOMA PROGRAMME THE GOLD STANDARD OF EDUCATION IN THE U.S. AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

    Rancho Solano Preparatory School is the only private school in the greater Phoenix area to receive IB authorization. The IB Diploma Programme, is recognized worldwide for its academic rigor and holistic approach to education. This challenging and balanced curriculum is designed to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, international-minded, caring young people who will help create a better, more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

    In the IB Diploma Programme 11th and 12th grade students study six courses at both standard level (SL) and higher level (HL). Subjects include English, foreign languages, history, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth subject is an IB elective which often includes the arts. Fewstudents follow the same path, as class selection is tailored to individual student strengths and interests.

    IB LEARNERS STRIVE TO BE: INQUIRERS, KNOWLEDGEABLE, THINKERS, COMMUNICATORS, PRINCIPLED, OPEN-MINDED, CARING, RISK-TAKERS, BALANCED, REFLECTIVE

    The IB program and curriculum is seen as an excellent preparation for a college or university challenge. College Admissions Deans and their admissions officers rate the demanding courses of the IB as the very best background not only for further study but also for life in general. The Upper Level courses are often viewed on a par with a demanding college level curriculum.Lee Stetson, Former Dean of Admissions, University of Pennsylvania

  • INTERNATIONAL BOARDINGRancho Solano offers an elite international boarding program where students from around the world make American friends and visit American homes. Our entire student body benefits from the experience as they build global awareness and a better understanding of cultural and social diversity. These ideals are core to both the IB philosophy as well as Ranchos long-standing commitment to the development of students as global citizens.

    MERITAS PROGRAMSRancho Solano is a member of The Meritas Family of Schools. Meritas provides highly-personalized education to more than 12,000 students at 10 elite college preparatory schools in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Meritas graduates are prepared to excel at the goals they set for themselves and to make a difference in the world.

    At Rancho Solano, we encourage young minds to see the world from diverse perspectives. Our students participate in exciting international academic, athletic, music and art programs that develop cultural knowledge, global experience and develop friendships that that will last a lifetime. Academic Olympiad Balliol College at Oxford Student Government Summit Fine Arts Summit The Meritas Games

    TOUCHPOINTSTEN SCHOOLS. THREE COUNTRIES. ONE CLASSROOM. A WORLD OF PROBLEMS SOLVED.Imagine students thousands of miles apart working face-to-face to tackle giant global issues like deforestation, peacekeepingand poverty. Thats the whole idea behind Touchpoints, the unique, year-long learning experience for 2nd through 8th Grades. Under teacher guidance and with on-going parent engagement, Rancho Solano students collaborate with peers from other Meritas schools. Together they research a global issue, post questions, findings, solutions and ideas using Skype as well as Smartboards. The highlight of the program is an end-of-year video-conferenced Lincoln-Douglas style debate between the paired classes on their proposed resolution to the assigned global issue.

  • Rancho takes great care to give students an international perspective. Our son traveled to Switzerland and Mexico as well as stateside to Florida and Texas to visit other Meritas schools. Parent

    ACADEMICS

    We host students from around the world. This allows us to learn about other cultures and teach about our own.

    Student

  • OUR OUTSTANDING FACULTY

  • A STUDENTS PASSION FOR LEARNING STARTS WITH OUR FACULTYS PASSION FOR TEACHING.Theres nothing like an inspired teacher to make learning irresistible. At Rancho Solano, our teachers are enthusiastic, involved and passionate about unlocking the potential in every student. Our small class sizes give teachers one-on-one time to nurture and develop each child in a loving, supportive manner.

    In turn, we support our teachers with state-of-the-art resources including science labs, wireless networks, computer labs and superb facilities for a