Ranney School offers a co-educational, independent, college preparatory day program for Beginners (age 3) through Grade 12 and enrolls approximately 820 students. Ranney School is located on 60 picturesque acres in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, one hour south of New York City and one hour east of Princeton. Founded in 1960 by Russell G. Ranney as an outgrowth of the Rumson Reading Institute, Ranney School has maintained a proud and respected tradition of academic excellence for over 50 years. Knowledge, Vision and Honor are the three ideals that form the Ranney School motto and guide the school community in all actions, every day.
The traditional, structured academic program features an average class size of 13 students. Ranney School has 93 full-time teachers, more than 50% of whom hold advanced degrees. The Lower School is compromised of three buildings and has its own library, cafeteria and computer and science labs. French, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, computer science, art and music are introduced in the Lower School. Our Middle and Upper School building offers modern, high-tech classrooms and science laboratories, a foreign language laboratory, college guidance center, library and a unique Distance Learning Center.
Each classroom at Ranney is equipped with a SMARTBoard; the 1:1 Laptop Program provides laptops to all students in grades 6-12 and iPads are available throughout the Lower School. The campus also has two digital media centers and more than 200 laptops. At Ranney School, project-based learning is a fundamental part of the academic curriculum. Students in grades five, eight and twelve participate in the Capstone Project and use their academic skills, imagination and faculty mentors to create individual research projects allowing for in-depth study on topics of their choice. For the accelerated student Ranney offers Algebra in 7th grade. This allows the opportunity for 6-year advanced mathematics/science programs. A total of 19 Advanced Placement courses are offered in the Upper School, as well as standard and Honors courses in math, science, history, world languages and English.
The Athletics program begins in Lower School and continues in Middle School with 12 interscholastic offerings. Nearly 80 percent of Upper School Students are members of at least one varsity team. Swimming in a 25-meter pool is a weekly event for all grades. The Upper School is a member of the Shore Athletic Conference B-Central NJSIAA and the NJISAA.
The Fine and Performing Arts program begins in the Lower School where students experience an array of art and music education. The Middle School program expands to include an award-winning forensics team, and in Upper School an Advance Placement curriculum awaits these artists. Students in all divisions have opportunities to participate in schools plays, musicals, concerts, ensembles and art exhibits.
Weekly afterschool clubs are offered to Lower School students as part of the RanneyPlus program; more than 40 Middle and Upper School clubs and activities exist, ranging from award-winning literary magazines and robotics to community service, and so much more at no additional cost. Year-round learning is available through academic, gifted and talented, and fine and performing-arts summer courses.