Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School

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Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School Photo #1 - As an international community, we welcome students from all around the world and believe that cultural differences make us stronger.
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Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School Photo #1 - As an international community, we welcome students from all around the world and believe that cultural differences make us stronger.
Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School Photo #2 - One of our many electives is Robotics. Students can also elect to join the Robotics Club and partake in competitions across the state.
Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School Photo #3 - Inquiry-based, hands-on learning is an integral part of the teaching method at Rancho Solano.
Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School Photo #4 - Our ergonomic furniture and classroom layout allows for students to work individually or in groups.
Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School Photo #5 - Rancho Solano follows an innovative and research-based approach to science education. Courses are conceptually based and aimed at fostering critical thinking skills.
Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School Photo #6 - Rancho Solano offers many sports teams for Middle & Upper School. Our Basketball teams are amazing!
Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School Photo #7 - We offer dance & cheer classes, and our cheer team participates in regional and national competitions.
Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School Photo #8 - Students can choose between choir, orchestra, or band as an elective and participate in a club or extracurricular offering such as the Spring Musical.
Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School Photo #9 - Visual Arts is offered as an elective in Middle and Upper School.
Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School Photo #10 - Our campuses are beautifully designed to allow students the optimal environment to flourish.
Ready For The World! Rancho Solano Preparatory School is a PK-12 international learning community for high achieving students. Since 1954, Rancho Solano's small class sizes, highly qualified and passionate teachers, personalized academic curricula, and a wide range of course offerings at all levels have helped students develop the character and competitive edge they need to excel in college, university and beyond.
Our stimulating educational environment is strengthened through the diverse and vibrant student community, specialized academic and enrichment programs, and state-of-the-art facilities and technology.
We cultivate in our students the ingenuity to thrive in a global society and to be architects of their future.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked AZ School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 439 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $22,000
  • Acceptance rate: 78%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Arizona for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
Year Founded
1954
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
439 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
6%
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
45 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
63%
Average Class Size
18 students
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
1300
Average ACT score
28
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
Uniforms required

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies by grade level.
% on Financial Aid
15%
Acceptance Rate
78%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Kaitlyn Myzwinski

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
19 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Key Club, Literary Club "Pegasus", Math, Model UN, National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society, Pre-Med, Science Fair, Student Council, The Poet Society

Arts and Music Programs:
Computer Programming, Drama, Entrepreneurial, Honors Choir, Jazz Band, Pep Band, String Quartet

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Various Afterschool Athletic Clubs, Yoga

School Notes

Set foot on any Rancho Solano campus and you will instantly feel excitement for learning and a sense of community. Our students are eager and focused; our teachers are passionate about instruction. Student potential is unlocked.
This is what makesRancho Solanospecial:
  • We are committed to the development of the whole child. Each student receives a tailored Personal Learning Plan. Our challenging academic programs encourage students to stretch and grow while providing the support they need.
  • Students are engaged and motivated as they participate in advanced academics, fine and performing arts, athletics, extracurricular activities and service learning opportunities.
  • Teachers and staff create an environment of respect, integrity, and accountability. They encourage questions, reward curiosity, and promote the free exchange of ideas.
  • Our International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme positions students for success at the university level and beyond. The IB Diploma Programme is recognized worldwide for its academic rigor.
  • Our campus is home to exchange students from around the world and local students of different backgrounds, nationalities and interests. The ideals of global-mindedness and respect for cultural and social diversity are at the core of both the IB philosophy and Rancho Solano`s long commitment to developing global citizens.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School cost?
Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School's tuition is approximately $22,000 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School?
The acceptance rate of Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School is 78%, which is lower than the national average of 88%. Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Arizona with low acceptance rates.
What sports does Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School offer?
Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School offers 11 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Flag Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball.
What is Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School's ranking?
Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Arizona for: Highest average SAT score, Highest average ACT score, Lowest average acceptance rates, Largest student body, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School?
The application deadline for Rancho Solano Preparatory School - Middle and Upper School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
5  
Our family moved to Scottsdale in 2021 from Pittsburgh, PA. Our public school there is ranked in the top 5 in PA. Upon very thoroughly researching and visiting both public and private Scottsdale and Phoenix schools, we selected Rancho Solano Preparatory School for children. We cannot say enough about the academic quality, the balance of rigor, and the support of extracurricular activities to develop balanced students. And even as Rancho has grown over the last couple of years, they are staying small in the ways that are important. We have absolute access and partnership with all of the teachers and all the way up to our principal. She is a rock star and her leadership style at Rancho Middle School is personal and energetic but appropriately commanding. After 6 months of entering Rancho, we asked our children why they loved Rancho. Their answer is "Because the teachers are happy and all want to be there". I can't give a more glowing recommendation than those words from our children.
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5  
Rancho Solano is a wonderful school with opportunities for children to grow an all-rounded personality.
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5  
I can`t say enough great things about this school. I find myself sharing our experience with anyone who will listen. I`m not an easy sell given I am the owner of several schools and so my expectations may be a bit skewed. The decision to move came after having a perpetually disappointing experience at Great Hearts. We were on a waiting list for years and felt like we hit the lottery when we received our acceptance letter. Sadly we were constantly concerned with many issues that went unaddressed. So I decided to take a tour of Rancho Solano school and took my child along with me. The tour itself was awesome because it`s immaculately clean, the classrooms are more on the basic traditional education side but were very nice and the overall campus had great energy. My son was immediately sold but he doesn`t have to pay the tuition which is a commitment for sure. I found the admission team to be EXTREMELY patient with my 20+ emails back and forth over the summer regarding all things Rancho. Fast forward: Our first day, I`m a nervous wreck for my son and his first day of middle school as the new kid. I brought him a special lunch that day and the security team, who were making rounds, could see I was out of sorts. They asked me who my student was and ensured that they would keep him safe and ensure his transition was smooth. That alone made my first experience with the school amazing. That was an immediate sigh of relief. Communication - this is not something I find easy to master at my schools let alone any other schools we have been a part of however I give Rancho Solano a 100%. I haven`t sent an email yet that hasn`t been responded to within a few minutes or max a few hours and feel satisfied with the outcome. Academics - I have a total appreciation for how the material is delivered. I found GH to be militant in their delivery which was concerning because that pace can turn off certain learners. The classes are very interesting and how they go about teaching allows the students to thrive. In moments when he struggles, I feel supported by the teaching team and include in how to help him overcome any obstacles. In TOTAL honesty- I am not a fan of my son's ELA teacher I feel as though she has taught too many years and may be in Teacher Burn Out mode. I know that in the real world you can`t get along with everyone so I am even accepting this not-so-great experience with her as a plus because we have to learn to push past it and manage relationships that aren`t all sparkles. Teachers - The teachers at RS are very committed to fostering an environment that encourages the students to be Happy! My son can`t wait to get to school every day and that truly warms my heart. He feels loved and cared for by his teachers and two, in particular, are OUTSTANDING!!! Ms. Martinson is Amazing she teaches STEM and Robotics I highly suggest you are thinking of enrolling and getting into one of her classes. Mr. Hertzberg teaches math he is outstanding. He shows us so much care and patience. It truly warms my heart that the teachers see my son as an important part of their day. They are very committed to his successMulticultural Environment - Our family is multiracial and it is so magical to see so many teachers, admin, and students of so many backgrounds and such diversity. I appreciate that the school looks to offer that to its student body. Sports and Arts - I appreciate how committed the school is to provide world-class athletics and arts programs. My son is such an athlete and he loves getting to participate in school sports. I could go on and on and I may make an update as my time continues. My daughter is now scheduled for a tour because I have decided that I also want her to have this world-class experience in elementary as her brother is in middle school I have to give it a 95% in overall happiness which again is probably 100% for most but because I am an educator and I wish that the ELA experience was going better I am giving the school and honest and accurate rating. If you find a school that meets 95% of your needs You Have Found an Academic Platinum Mine
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The Middle School is a perfect transition from elementary to high school environment. The class size is small which allows teachers and staff to truly know your child academically and personally. The risk of your child being lost in the world of social media seems very low as they pride themselves in looking for signs of a child struggling. The academics are very strong as well. Because the classes are small, the teachers can concentrate on each childs' needs and involve the parents to help when needed.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked AZ School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 439 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $22,000
  • Acceptance rate: 78%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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