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PK-5
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Scottsdale, AZ
Students enrolled: 462
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5656 E Greenway Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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(602) 996-7002
(602) 494-3815
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Map of Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Greenway Campus address.

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November 12, 2014
When transferring to Rancho from an AZ public school, one important factor was the discipline policy. Rancho students are held to a high standard of behavior and character - the expectations are clearly laid out, and from first hand experience, I can report that the zero tolerance policy for bullying is enforced. When our child was mistreated by another student, I only needed to email the teacher one time - the issue was immediately addressed to our complete satisfaction with the student and the parents, under the oversight of the principal. It truly showed us that Rancho values the whole child.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2014
This School in one word is...awful. Do not be fooled by its beautifully manicured grounds. I used to work at this campus. I am not a disgruntled former employee. I was not terminated. I chose to leave due to the lack of professionalism shown by the so called administration....and I use the term administration loosely. When a school nurse is promoted to principal, there is a problem. Then she goes to school to receive her degree? Isn't is supposed to work the other way around? Why did I go to school for 6 years and receive a Master's Degree in education to see someone who (at that time) had no educational degree receive a promotion? I'm sorry but parents are paying for a joke of an education.. Only 1 teacher remains from my Rancho days. Only one!!! Teachers who state opinions have been let go and anyone making too much money has been replaced by inexperienced teachers who can be paid less. Yes, this is true...very sad but true. The teacher turnover rate is extremely high and the school is poorly run. Meritas has made a HUGE mess out of Rancho. Who is going to travel from Gilbert to Scottsdale for a mediocre education? That's a long ride. This place is a rip off!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
February 03, 2014
I can't say enough good things about Rancho Solano! I am shocked at some of the negative reviews. Most of these are in regard to the other campuses, which do not relate to Greenway. My children LOVE Rancho Solano! The academics are extremely challenging, but that's exactly what we wanted in a school. I always receive great communication from the administration and teachers, and I think the principal is amazing! The school not only focuses on academics, but on being a good person. The children here are smart, polite, and well-behaved. Some previous comments mentioned kids falling behind or having behavioral problems. The bottom line is that Rancho Solano is not for everyone. If your child is struggling in school, get some tutoring. If your child is ill-mannered and disruptive, Rancho Solano will not tolerate it, but I think that is a positive thing. If you don't like the price of tuition, check out one of the many charter schools in Scottsdale. If you are looking for an excellent private school for your child to learn, grow, and excel, then Rancho Solano is the place to be!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2014
Believe it or not, I actually would have given this school 5 stars but, I just received my re-enrollment paperwork and I am shocked. Not only has tuition once again increased even after closing 2 campuses, but they are now dismissing students on Fridays at 1:00pm for "professional development". They boost about how they attract the best teachers etc., but yet they are the only institution that I know of that takes this amount of time off toward "development". The amount of money paid compared to the actual class instruction is honestly criminal at this point. It's a shame as my children have loved attending Rancho and I as a parent have loved being part of this community. But at some point, enough is enough. Clearly, MERITAS investment in their Ventura campus is causing some financial concern which is now trickling down to the families with the inflated tuition. You will see many families departing after this year sadly.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
We have been at Hillcrest for many years and it was truly exceptional. However, with their new Ventura campus up, it seems the Ventura campus is absorbing most of the capital and operating budget. They shockingly, without notice announced they will close Hillcrest and Gilbert next year and bus the children to Greenway, with older and smaller facilities. The "cafeteria" is a tarp-covered tent over a ramada area. I would expect class sizes to go up there as well. Most of the teachers at Hillcrest are brushing up their resumes to find other positions, and my guess is the influx of children to Greenway would only dilute the teachers there.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
I would be very careful when dealing with Rancho and more importantly Meritas. My 2 children have been at Rancho for 7+ years. Meritas has decided to close the West Side campus to focus resources on East Side Schools. While I do not like the decision I understand and accept the fact it is Meritas's decision. The reason I gave such a low rating was the timing and preparation for the way the closure is being communicated. It became very clear the higher level organization really does not care about the impact the families and children that have been attending their schools. We have been extremely satisfied with the education and development of our children, but i would never do business again with this organization due to lack of preparation and complete unprofessionalism by the leadership. Be careful with this organization because they may surprise you with decisions that have a major impact on your entire family.

- submitted by a community member
January 10, 2014
My children attended Rancho for 11 years. When the original owners had the school it was truly AMAZING. The education and values that the school had was what made it great. Now, well completely different story. Consider this school a VERY EXPENSIVE public school. Not only was I a parent I was also an employee. This school is only about the MONEY don't be fooled they have mastered the art of lying. Very sad to see what has happened to a once great school.

- submitted by a community member
January 07, 2014
I would be cautious to recommend. We attended the Gilbert Rancho Solano for 5 years and had excellent experiences until the parent company, Meritas, elected to close the Gilbert campus to build a "super campus" at Greenway. The school intends to try to grow its Scottsdale base by 40% to financially support its investment in the Ventura campus (spent over $30M in 2013/2013). They appear to be having financial trouble over the past four years closing 3 campuses now to support their investment. The closure of our campus was done the first of the year after many other schools had started enrollment and we were left paying high tuition yet knowing that their excellent teachers would be offered no financial incentive to stay and support the students. Financial decisions appear to overrule when faced with a choice between those paying tuition/being educated vs. the bottom line. Sad to see this progression. The Gilbert staff was amazing, my son loved the school, but students are not the top priority - national rankings and financials are.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2013
We had just moved to the area and heard good things about Rancho Solano. Our son was entering the 5th Grade and was ready for a challenge. The school had assured us that he was ready and would be supported through the transition. Then, as school started, we were told that math would be moved up from a Saxon 6-7 to a Saxon 7-8. Our son was about to skip 2 years of math fundamentals. The Rancho advice to our son, pull yourself by the bootstraps and improve your attitude! They never offered or provided homework assistance or tutoring. When our son started becoming frustrated, they decided to just write him up in a callous calculation to expel him for behavior and keep ALL of the full year tuition (almost $14K!). They shattered our son s confidence and self-esteem, criticizing him constantly, after a month we were forced to pull him out to prevent further damage. A word of caution; Rancho Solano wants nothing more than good willing parents to buy into the false illusion that they are a great preparatory school. In reality, they are giving children 2 hours of homework for every 45 minutes of math instruction, putting the entire burden on the children and the paying parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
This school turned my son completely around. The Principal and teachers are caring and nurturing, the academics challenging, and the Rancho 5 at the forefront of all they do. There is no other school I would send my children to. I would recommend this school to anyone who knows education and cares about their child's future.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2013
Our child attended the Greenway campus along with another Rancho Solano campus. The comparison between the two campuses are night and day. The family atmosphere does NOT exist at Greenway. Our family does sorely miss the other campus enviroment. All the children AND parents knew each other. The Greenway campus is more involved with the holiday parties than informing the parents of any learning issues. We received emails almost daily regarding parties than we did regarding our children's class progress. I think the priorities of this campus need to be reviewed. Class progress takes presedent over who is going to bring snacks for the class party. We will be looking for another school (NOT a Rancho Solano campus) based on this past school year. Rancho just isn't what it used to be. Too bad. It used to be a GREAT school at one time.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
I am very confused because a friend just wrote a review and I read it. She didn't mention any names but said that the principal of Rancho Solano Greenway is a nurse and she does not have an educational background. She gave the school one star. I saw the post for about a minute and it was paraphrased and changed and given 5 stars?? Who does that? Is this site rigged?

- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2013
We have been at Rancho for the last 3 years and we are extremely happy with both the academic curriculum and the character building. Rancho is a nurturing learning environment. The students are hardworking and polite. The teachers are fantastic!! The teachers are helpful, responsive, and truly care about the success of each student. We cannot say enough good things about Rancho. We have been to other schools, both public and private. We have not been to a charter school, which appears to be a glorified public school. If you want your child in an academically challenging school that incorporates critical thinking, writing, numeracy and also teaches students to be respectful, considerate, kind, and contributing member of society then Rancho is for you. If you re looking for something else, there are many other options in the Valley. I do agree with the comment that many of the complainers are the old-timers who resist change. However, we have seen and experienced the changes and they have all been for the better.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2013
I can't say enough about this school and am happy my children go here. I don't think that I need to know everything that happens behind the scenes and feel that I get adequate information from the administration regarding what I NEED to be informed on. I've found the staff friendly and willing to help when I've had a need. I have found the quality of the teachers is good although I can only comment up to the 1st grade currently. I will say that some of the work seems to be more geared towards the parent than the child, which can be frustrating.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2013
We are giving up after 3 years. The administration is just bad as bad can be. Its all about money now and push kids to crazy limits. The problem is that the parents are being pushed as much as the kids. If you have to work and make money to pay for this school, you wont have time to do anything else with your kids as you will be required to do all kinds of projects that are project for parents, not the children as they are too young to do them themselves. Tuition keeps rising, the enrollment fees are just a huge nonsense. I am not signing up contract this year for sure. Run and Run don't get sucked in. Once you sing the contract they will go after you last penny. A lot of parents are leaving this year. I hope the school will get the message.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2013
Rancho Solano has greatly declined in the past four years. The family atmosphere that teachers, students, and parents loved about the school is gone. The company that bought Rancho imposes very strict guidelines for teachers to follow which has dummied down the curriculum drastically. The teachers are not given the freedom to push and accelerate students anymore. It is true, the company does look at the bottom line...money. Any person who can pay is now admitted. I used to be proud to say I was part of the Rancho Solano family, but no more. I definitely agree that Rancho is in a downward spiral and the level of education has significantly lowered!

- submitted by a teacher
April 03, 2013
I disagree with the person who said all the good teachers have left and the kids are miserable. 9 out of our 10 teachers here are fabulous; very supportive, challenging and caring, and everytime I'm there, the kids seem to be having a great time. My kid and her friends love it here and everytime I playfully suggest different options for Middle School, they all say "No way. We love it here and we're staying forever!" People who comment negatively seem to be old-timers who are used to the past. They should probably actually attend other schools before criticizing the new administration. We HAVE tried other schools and believe me, this one is special - yes, even with recent changes. It is such a disservice to the genuinely kind and caring teachers we have to say the comments below. If you truly desire a challenging and progressive curriculum that includes critical thinking and all kinds of other offerings such as the arts and sports, this is a great choice. After attending other private and charter schools in the Valley, we HIGHLY recommend Rancho - best academics and best all-around school.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
My kids have attended rancho since preschool and love it. Academics are promoted and the kids have fun with abundant music, art, spanish, and science. The kids are well behaved and the parents are encouraged to play a role on the campus. We are lucky to be here.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
This school is dry and lacks a true sense of self. There is no clear mission of the school and it's claim to college prep is more of a "nod". I attended a true College Prep school my whole life. Unfortunately most parents do not have the experience to tell the difference.

- submitted by a community member
June 25, 2012
My daughter has attended Rancho Solano, Greenway Campus since Kindergarten (she is now entering 3rd grade). Teacher/student ratio is excellent. Her math and reading skills are both at sixth grade level. I attribute much of her success to the quality of the education that she is getting at Rancho. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in their child's education.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
Although the teachers are outstanding, the administration couldn't be worse. My friends and I didn't know who are principal was until we took the annual survey. Our principal doesn't communicate with us and doesn't know my name. There are 50 students in the grade. The administration is afraid of some parents and won't confront them about bullying situation involving their daughter, but they don't think twice about giving us infractions on our last day of 8th grade for wearing free dress, a Rancho tradition. The 8th grade Alegbra II class had their final math test on the last day of school. I've had a straight As throughout the entire year and I was unable to finish the last age of our test because I didn't understand any of it.

- submitted by a community member
May 05, 2012
Rancho has it all! We have 2 children who have been with Rancho for 6 years. As a parent, it is very important for us to have our children in an environment that offers so much. Our children work a grade level above, academics being first priority. They are taught to be responsible and respectful young beings. They are given the option to explore their skills and interests with band, art, sports, and technology. I feel as though Rancho has truly had a huge part in making my children who they are today- polite (to a point where they stand out from the rest), hard working (our kids are usually doing homework/projects/studying for tests while neighborhood kids are outside playing), athletically and musically inclined (my children are in all sports while playing instruments as well), and best of all, happy! They love going to school each day, they love their teachers, and they LOVE LEARNING! We love you Rancho! Thank you for all you do!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2012
LOVE THIS SCHOOL - No other school like it. I have never commented on one of these sites before, but felt the need to after the last post. As you can see, most are very positive. My son has attended here ever since he was in the 4th grade. There is no way that song was playing. In PE they learn dances for coordination and exercise, but they are like electric slide and such. This school wont even allow PG-13 movies for 8th graders, they take content of all that stuff very seriously. It is a very loving and protective environment. My son attended a different private school up until 3rd grade. This is by far the best there is in Scottsdale. All about character first, and high academics. I can't get over how eloquent, polite, and smart these kids are. You do have to test in, but your kids will work hard, but LOVE IT!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2012
Our family has been attending Rancho Solano Greenway campus for 10 years. When our final child graduates 8th grade we will have been there for 16 straight years. We have watched great teachers leave, and also been privileged to have great teachers replace them. As with any school, there have been mediocre teachers and staff. As with any business, when the school came under new ownership, they wanted to change to their way of doing business. People don't like change, parents, teachers and staff alike. But for our family the focus is the long term benefits for our children. The curriculum has remained strong, and they continue to strive for excellence. In speaking with the Admissions director of a notable private high school in the area, his comment was, we love Rancho kids because they come to us with a balanced school experience, with strong academics, sports, fine arts as well as a sense of community. No school is perfect for everyone, but if you are looking for a well balanced, structured cirriuclum you would be remiss in not looking at this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2012
All successful companies will experience growth and change. It may be difficult for some to accept and it's nearly impossible to make everyone happy. Yes, tuition may increase, students and teachers may leave to find the right place for themselves. There are many options in the valley to choose from. Overall, Rancho Solano is a wonderful learning environment for my children, it is a family community. The school provides an accelerated education, instills quality behavior and character, fine arts, athletics, foreign language and technology for the opportunity to create a well rounded person. The various school/class celebrations through out the year offers cherished childhood memories and fun. I highly recommend Rancho Solano, it has been exactly what I want to provide for my children and what I hope their school experience to be like. The schools future is postitve and exciting for parents and students. Submitted by a parent

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2012
I find this school to be one of the best schools. It has pretty good education, and the absolute best opportunities. They offer choir, band, strings, dance, cheer, visual and media arts, a variety of sports, and school trips. The best part of this school is the experience. You travel around the country. However, when Meritas bought it, this school lacked a bit. I am now transferring schools because I am frankly disappointed. Teachers are leaving and so are students. The new campus is a plus, but for some it's just too much. I do rate this school a four because this school has the best enviroment. They are a family there, but who knows in the future with the new campus. If you are now disappointed with Rancho and are looking for a new school, I suggest All Saints. They are a better version of Rancho, and guarentee admission into Xavier, a wonder high school. Rancho used to be the top, but they have sunk.

- submitted by a community member
January 10, 2012
The last two postings are exactly what the new location is looking for....parents sold on the fluff of a new facility. It's all about money and the zip code to get it. The greatest assets at Rancho are teachers and students not new science labs. I will miss the great music program though..funny that can be accomplished in any old building.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2012
Ok disgruntled people, you cant bash this school and maintain any credibility if you are not more realistic and objective. While I do agree that there has been some teacher turnover that has caused some disruption this year in especially in the middle school. You cant negate the positives- the level of education is pretty hard to beat and no comparison to the majority of public schools. The extra curricular and sports program- which is amazing and well balanced even if your child is not a star athlethe combined with fine arts - I challenge you to find a school that can come close. Prospective parents will notice the manners and character that have been instilled and insisted upon and you wont find a hip hop culture anywhere on campuds. All in all the children are succeeding ahead of the majority of kids in the valley. I will say that the new administration has not been giving in as in the past to the few families that liked to throw their money and influence around. So to those so sad but glad to see you go. Lets talk after college :)

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2012
Thank you prior poster- I too believe in being objective even when I don't get my way. The new campus - that is what has so many parents upset and its ludicrous! There aare some families whom have made their spoiled lives conveniently located so close to the current middle school location and they are upset because they will have to drive an extra ten minutes to and from school. Forget the fact that the proposed new facility will have unsurpassed advantages including indoor sports courts and high school level science labs. No school is perfect but one should expect educated parents to be able to be objective instead of trying to cast a negative shadow on the school since they have chosen not to return next year in favor of getting to their gym class ten minutes early!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2011
I agree with the previous two reviews. The school is a total mess and administration has no clue what they are doing. Teacher turnover during the school year is out of control. Some classes have had 3 different teachers in one school year. Not all teachers are certified so you can get a more qualified teacher at the local public school. They will tell you what you want to hear to get you to enroll and then you find out that the place is really poorly run.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2011
Do not waste your money. The tuition continues to rise and you will be nickeled and dimed to death with the fundraisers that come home on a daily basis.(there are less fundraisers at our local public school) The academics used to be superior but have been dumbed down in the four years that we have attended. The administration is only interested in your money and is happy to continue to overfill the classes. They have filled the school with uneducated aides that run around the campus and are trully cruel to the children. The supervision of the children at lunch and recess is lacking. We have never been to a school where the children consume more candy and junk food (especially middle school) and the administration supports it. Candy is given out as rewards and parents are allowed to bring in treats for class every day. Parties are completely over done and parents compete to spend the most money on their classroom decorations.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2011
I have been very pleased with Rancho. My daughter is in the Pre-K4 program and has gone from knowing very little to being able to fully write her name and is able to write her numbers and letters in just a short 8 weeks. My son that goes to Public School was very behind when he started Kindergarten because he did not learn very much in Preschool so I didn't want to make the same mistake again and couldn't be any happier with my choice.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2011
This school is living off past reputation and has steadily gone downhill over the last 3-4 years. The academic reputation of the school is very over rated especially on the elementary school level. One of the teachers our child had was a complete novice. with zero prior teaching experience. The fact that the school would even hire such a person and then charge you over 10K in tuition is unbelievable. We pulled our kids out and put them in the gifted contained programs and found them to be more intellectually challenging than what was offered at Rancho. The best part were they were free. Rancho is above the regular public school system but it is not above the gifted programs. If your child can get into the gifted contained programs in Scottsdale or Paradise Valley school systems I suggest you highly check out these options before plunking down your hard earned cash.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
Great well balanced kids- thats what RS is all ablout. I was amazed when I read some of the prior parent comments. It sounds to me like they don't believe in dicipline and are from the "everybody gets a prize" generation. This school has the right mix- all of the academia you would want ,yet they insist on and include Spanish, music, the arts, and sports into the curriculum. There is an American Flag , the pledge of Allegience and an honor code at RS. The proof is in the college matriculation list and rate-

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2011
We pulled our daughters out after 4 years at this school. At one point in time, Rancho Solano had a very good academic reputation. Unfortunately I am not sure this is the case any more. We found out a lot of the students were leaving for a gifted program at one of the local public schools. After both our kids tested into it, we moved over. The self-contained gifted program at this particular school was considerably more advanced than the program at Rancho Solano. Plus it was completely free. The tuition at Rancho kept rising every year by about $1,000, but the quality actually kept going down.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2010
This school is academically challenging and very disciplined. My 3rd Grader has been attending since preschool - he loves his school, already has acquired a love for learning and excels at school! The things I like best: It's a small school with a community feel, they emphasize character education (respect, responsiblity etc.), the teachers are highly educated, the music program includes learning the violin, PE includes swimming, the Spanish and computer programs are great and includes interschool debates via the internet with other Meritas schools. And best of all: violent behavior, bullying and name calling are not tolerated.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2010
My sister and I went to rancho since we were in kindergarten. Over the years Rancho Solano as become more money minded than ever. A week trip to Washington DC costs a little bit over 2,000 dollars per person! In litterally every aspect the school was trying to make money. If you had to get help from a teacher you had to pay the school a portion of the money to get help if you were getting help on campus. I don't recommend this school for anyone who is serious about excelling in school and anyone who is having trouble just barely being able pay for the tuition. Also the students are very materialistic at this school.

- submitted by a student
July 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2009
Our daughter has been here for one year. We were initially a little concerned about the 'lack of love' rumor, and are VERY proud to say it is nonsense. Our daughter was placed with a perfect match of a teacher who encouraged her, challenged her, and taught her both the schoolwork and life skills she needed. The conversion to an academically challenging school is rough and can easily be mis-estimated, but is totally worth it. Success breeds success, and Rancho enables that.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2009
Our son started this year in the lower school at the Greenway campus and the changes have been remarkable. Workload is a challenge as the kids are usually a year ahead but he's catching up and I'm startled at how far he's come along. I dont understand what the gripe is with some of the former parents, but as a new rancho family member, the faculty and the teachers have all been warm, receptive and genuinely attentive to the children. I did alot of research before we placed our son at the school. My daughter starts in the fall in their pre-k program. Rancho may not be a fit for everyone as no school is perfect, but if youre a parent concerned about setting a good academic foundation for your children-you just cant beat the quality of the education here...

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 23, 2009
Great School! We have been here for 3 years! Academics are emphasized and the kids are well rounded individuals! The teachers are loving and really work closely with each student. We absolutely love it here!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2009
My child attended this school for eight years, and is now, thank god, in high school. This school was sickening and disturbing. They had no way for students to express themselves and did not care for the children at all. They have had real administration problems now from what I hear and I remember that it was already bad when we left. I would not recommend this school to anyone. This unloving environment is more of a prison than a school.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 17, 2008
My child attends the Greenway campus, and has for 5 years. He loves it and has from the start. The first year was a struggle due to coming from a school that was not a year ahead, but the teacher(s) hleped him catch up quickly, and now he accelerates. He has become self-motivated, enthusiastic about learning, and very organized. This school has really helped his time management skills, which I think is so cricital in real life. He is now in 7th and loves all of his teachers. It is advanced, and the homework load is challenging (but reasonable) - this is a great school for a child who thrives off of challenging material and loves to learn.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2008
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April 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2008
Administration has continued to slip. We have been there for 6 years and the decline has been unbelievable. Although we truly love the upper grade teachers and feel their attention to each student, the administration fails over and over. The tuition increases and the continual decline of over all ethics of the school administration has sealed our decision to leave the school. No longer a higher learning experience, but a more a public image gimic, and also a self esteem crushing experience for children.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2008
I used to go to this school until a couple years ago. This would probably have to be one of my favorite schools. The teachers are nice are teach well. The kids really connected with me better than kids in my previous schools. Although the workload is actually pretty high, it was a fair price to pay, since I learned things kids my age in public schools would not learn for 1-3 more years. The school is smaller than the other schools in the area, which I think is better because you know everyone and it feels like a community. Great school.

- submitted by a student
February 20, 2008
Avoid this school. We yanked our son after two months. The curriculum stiffles any creativity or love of learning. Walk into a classroom and you'll see a group of unhappy kids reading out loud from a textbook. There is zero deviation from a linear path. My son was bored and it was a struggle to get him out of bed each day. They make a big deal how everthing is accelerated by one year, but none of there graduates start skip 9th grade in high school. By the way, rancho is for-profit, so they shoot for high scores and are less interested in the children.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
We started our child in second grade at Rancho, big mistake, it took him a long time to adjust (6 months) to the rigidity of the system. His former school (also private) was geared more toward the individual rather than the masses. He is now in 4th grade and is now a happy well-adjusted child. Rancho does a lot of testing throughout the year and grades seem to be a very important factor for the school. They cut the music program out of 4th grade this year because the school wanted to concentrate more on the academic part of learning. Things have changed, the school was recently bought by Meritas and it will interesting to how this affects the teaching system that is in place. Not sure if we are staying after this year, it all depends on how things turn out with the new administration.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
I have a 2nd grade daughter who has attended since Preschool. We love Rancho. She is a polite well rounded child who enjoys school. Rancho has taught her not only academics but also how to be a good leader, good friend and good listener. I couldn't ask for more. You get what you pay for. We attended another private school before this in Preschool and the difference was amazing. Rancho overtakes them by leaps and bounds. It isn't an easy School, parent involvement is needed and the work load is tough. Extra Curricular Activities are plentiful and fun. We will keep our daughter here until she graduates from 8th grade. We just love it.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2007
My daughter has attended Rancho for 2 years of Preschool & loves it. She has made great friends & loves reading & writing. She does have a lot of fun at school. Learning is balanced with playtime & social activities. They do not just sit at a desk all day. They play at recess & snack, have P.E., Music, Spanish buddies, centers & Computers. The teachers have been great & very caring. I stop by to check on her periodically. They do allow you to do this. I also help out with activities & parties. I see a lot of parent involvement. Rancho is not for every child. My daughter has received a great education. I would recommend Rancho highly.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
Our kids attended Rancho's Greenway campus preK -8th. We could not have made a better choice. Very structured,academic program, but Rancho kids test off the charts on SAT's because their scores are so high.A few key teachers are simply outstanding educators...Mrs. Clare is perhaps the best and has been there for many years. Great extra curricular activities for younger kids,but lacking for older kids. Tuition high, but worth it - best private school choice in Scottsdale.Kids have lifetime friends with other students from Rancho.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
We did feel the tuition was a bit high for what's offered. It is a relatively 'safe' school - as it is small, & when behavior problems occur, they are addressed. We didn't feel it was free of problems, but they will expel a student for serious offenses. A small school has its advantages in that the teachers know & take interest in your child. But surprisingly, we also felt the smallness was a disadvantage for important socialization development & experiences. The number of students per grade level is relatively small and there's a variety of students in the grade level - regarding academics, maturity, boy or girl, & how far they live from the school - We felt there was too small of a number of similar friends to pick from - as opposed to going to a larger neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2006
We have sent our kids to Rancho for 5 years. The administration has changed during those years, as has the demographic of the students and parents. It is a very strong school academically, however the extracurriculars pale in comparison. There are a number of elementary after school offerings, but instruction for those is just average. The 3 Rs are fine, as well as the emphasis on behavior and discipline, class sizes are small. There are some wonderful long-time teachers who we love--stimulating, intelligent, fun and caring--others are just so-so. I agree with other parent comments on this website on the low tolerance of kids who are highly intelligent yet who have 'spirit.' The calm, well-behaved child is clearly the model.

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August 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
Very structured, but great academically, and a wonderful sports program.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
Very structured, but top-notch academics, and a wonderful sports program.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2006
My child is in preschool and I am very happy with the academics and classroom size. The teachers are great. I feel very secure leaving my child there. The only drawback is the cost. There was a high raise in tuition for next year and it seems to be a little pricey for pre-school, although, the educational part is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2006
I have been extremely happy with my duaghters progress here. The staff have been top notch.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2006
Absolutely excellent academic shool

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2006
A highly academic environment, even in the 3 & 4 year old classes. Extreme structure and a well thought out schedule help children know exactly what to expect. I feel there is perhaps a bit too much emphasis placed on perfect writing and coloring skills for the youngest children, but overall we are pleased.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2006
Rancho Solano is not for your child if they don't fit into the 'Rancho' mold. Yes, Rancho's academic scores are high, but beware, the administration and owners of Rancho do not embrace the phrase 'Viva La Difference'. They are very intolerant of any students who show individuality . Rancho Solano only wants students who will provide high SAT scores (to justify their high tuition rates) and seem to be less concerned with learning and fostering the students love of learning. I would not suggest this school to anyone.

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December 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2005
Excellent school, advanced curriculum, high morals, balanced schedule between learning, sports and volunteering jobs, social events and field trips. Strong bonding between all students. Lots of homework, but it keeps the children focused. I couldn't ask for a better school for my daughter. This school brings up the leaders of the future.

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September 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2005
RSPS's preschool is very structured. 3 and 4 year olds are expected to sit still, copy letters from the board, trace letters and numbers. It is a very rote learning style. for example, by December, Preschoolers were able to legibly copy letter by letter a sentence from the board. All 20 children are expected to learn the same material and do the same work at the same time. If a child is behind or ahead (and RSPS says they teach at one grade level ahead) then that child is not Rancho material and the school was not flexible enough to offer differentiated learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
My son recently started First Grade at Rancho Solano and we could not be happier. It is a fantastic school with creative qualified teachers that make learning fun. I am so grateful that we switched to this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2005
My children have attended Rancho Solano for over 4 years, and have had the highest quality educational experience possible. The teachers are caring and involved on a personal level, the class sizes are small, and the students are disciplined and polite. This is clearly the best educational choice in Arizona, as evidenced by the waiting list Rancho maintains.

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June 24, 2005
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June 20, 2005
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June 17, 2005
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May 11, 2005
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April 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2005
I have two children attending RSPS, Greenway Campus. Our children's education is a high priority and we feel Rancho Solano has one of the best academic programs in the valley, as well as a well rounded extracurricular program. The atmosphere at the school is very academically focused. The teachers expect a lot, but are very caring and incredibly talented. If your child enters this school in pre-school they will be reading and writing by four years old. The Saxon math program is incredible and helps the children build their math skills from year-to-year, adding more complex problems every year. By the time the public schools are first introducing a math concept, Rancho Solano students have mastered the concept. The children test well on SATs becuase of their well-rounded programs and accelerated academics. There is plenty of opportunity for parental involvement, but is limited to organized functions or weekly scheduled events.

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April 18, 2005
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March 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2005
They just started (2004-2005) to 'mix' the children within their own grade. They no longer have the more advanced, middle and slower classes. However, some teachers have not adapted their teaching abilities to this. The children are suffering as a result of this. As a result of this, we will not be returning next year.

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March 05, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
March 05, 2005
My child attended this school for only three months. They have a militaristic approach to education. Even the three year olds are not allowed to play but must sit at desks for a major portion of the day. They do not let parents help out in the classroom. What are they trying to hide? My child came home with 4 hours of homework each night and she was only in the third grade. Not a good environment. I would definitely not recommend this school to even my worst enemy!

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March 02, 2005
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February 23, 2005
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February 23, 2005
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February 21, 2005
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February 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2005
My child has been going to Rancho for 8 years. Lots has changed since then. I feel she is getting a good education but the caring feeling from the staff has vanished. There seems to be more concern for their public image than the children. Parents are no longer encouraged to help out on campus and children are told if they are having problems in a subject that's to bad. Thank goodness my child is excelling even in this atmosphere. A few years ago I would have really recommended this school now I have my doubts.

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Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Greenway Campus
5656 E Greenway Road, Scottsdale, AZ  85254
(602) 996-7002
Last modified Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Greenway Campus is a Private school that serves grades PK-5
Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Greenway Campus Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 88 reviews. Top