As a graduate of Ranney School, I can say firsthand that I have benefited from my time spent at Ranney in more ways than I could possibly have imagined. I made lasting friends, I was positively impacted by the knowledge and views of inspiring and accomplished teachers and I learned invaluable lessons about academics, sportsmanship, leadership, mentorship and empowerment. Spending all of my middle and high school years at Ranney allowed me to move on to study at my first choice university. I would not have been prepared for my years at New York University had Ranney not equipped me with the study skills and writing techniques necessary to navigate my undergraduate career. Mr. Gance, Sra. Gurman, Dr. Delgado, and Tom Moriau stand out to me, in particular. I was inspired, encouraged, and at times, pushed out of my comfort zone by each and every one of them. They believed in me, which allowed me to believe in myself. I would not be where I am today if I had not attended Ranney School. I'm grateful for the entire staff and administration, my coaches, my peers, and especially, my parents, for making the choice early on to allow me to attend such a prestigious college preparatory school. Thank you.
As a family new to the school who entered in the lower school (elementary) Ranney has met and exceeded our expectations. Academically, our son seems both challenged and supported. We are thrilled not only with his regular classroom teacher but also with the specialists--languages, music, art (art teacher is fantastic). The school seems to be going through a healthy transition--looking at improving what it has done well and trying some new and innovative things. My son even says he loves the homework (he even asks for more) and the new math program (Singapore). The only negative we have seen is that some of the parents seem a little tough. We have settled into a great group, but there are a few families who seem negative. Overall, though, that has not changed our experience. We couldn't be happier.
I have nothing but good things to say about Ranney. The teachers, staff and administration are outstanding. The quality of the education exceeds expectations. The failities are incredible. Five stars and more.
I have a lower school student who has attended Ranney school since Beginners. Ranney school has been the best investment my husband and I have made. Our son has had incredible experiences and opportunities at his school. His teachers are like family not to just him, but for me and my husband- they help us make decisions best for him and we share trust in shaping his school experience as he grows up. Even when we have had concerns we feel welcome to come in and speak to the teacher and administrators to help us support our son. There is always an open door. We are proud of him and his school. Ranney is a great place to raise a family! An excellent school! We can't wait to cross the lawn and celebrate his graduation.
We are new parents of a pre-k daughter and could not be happier with our choice. Ranney is such a warm and nurturing environment, and we feel that she is so excited about learning new things every had. We are impressed by the new headmaster. He seems great. He often gets the kids out of the car at the early childhood center and has a daughter in the same grade. We love our teacher, the staff, and other parents. It is a wonderful community. There is also a lot of diversity, which we are excited about We looked at private schools that seemed pretty homogenous. The campus is great, and she is able to do so many things--swimming, science, music Next year she will start learning languages. Overall, a great experience so far...
Excellent learning environment that allows the student to explore all areas of possible interest. Challenging curriculum that prepares the student for future educational success and much more advanced than any other learning institution in the area. Quality teachers who take the time to Know and Value your child and who are engaged with each individual student. All aspects of the school work to see your child exceeds in any endeavor they undertake.
I have a 2nd grader and 5th grader (both boys) at Ranney and their school experience has been nothing short of fabulous. They both entered as beginners when they were 3. Ranney has an incredible arts and music department. My 11 year old has learned to play violin well enough to play in orchestras without even a private lesson. With extended hours and after school programming for enrichment Ranney school is perfect for families with two working parents. Your children get exposed to so many activities that it helps to hone in on where your child's talents and interests lie. Every year, my children have loved their teachers, friends and overall school experience. If you are a stay at home parent, the school offers many ways to be involved and be around your children during the school day. My boys love to see me helping out around the school. I feel that the friends and the bonds that they have formed with last through a lifetime and can be extremely valuable for social networking in the future.
After six years at Ranney, I can honestly say that it has been a privilege to be part of this community. Ranney is truly an exceptional and multifaceted school. Every family will have a different experience based on their child s interests but there are some common denominators. For me, it comes down to two things. The first is, at Ranney, every child is known and valued they truly are and, at Ranney, it s cool to be smart. Ranney isn t for everyone. The academics are rigorous and there is a lot of homework every night, but the classes are small and the teachers are exceptional educators. They genuinely enjoy teaching and the students benefit from the enthusiasm they bring to the classroom each and every day. The new headmaster is also amazing. He is committed to preserving what is special about Ranney celebrating the unique nature of every child - while being open to changes that help students fulfill their full potential, whatever that happens to be. We are as enthusiastic today as we were six years ago and look forward with excitement to all the Upper School has to offer.
I have had two children that went to Ranney from Beginners 3 years to the end of middle school. Although I've paid tuition and was generous to the PSA, I never donated to the school. Still, at every turn, the administration and teachers were highly focused on my children from day one. If there was an issue or challenge, you were able to discuss it in detail with the administrators almost immediately. Recently, my child was considering boarding school, even though, he was a full year removed from Ranney, they took the time to meet with us, research our options, and offer to contact their contacts at our prospective schools on our behalf. The Headmaster Dr. Sykoff, came in to meet with us and spent time helping us. Keep in mind, he has announced his retirement, our son is no longer a student and we have never been donors or benefactors. All schools have their flaws but Ranney, its board and Dr. Sykoff have progressively improved this school every year since we've been there. Anyone who is serious about their children's experience should consider this school. i've found it to have a great bunch of involved parents, strong leadership and consistent progressive direction.