Ranchview High School

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Ranchview High School
Address
8401 Valley Ranch Parkway East
Irving, TX, Dallas, 75063, United States
Information
School type Public, Secondary
Opened 2002
School district Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District
School code 443572
Principal David Hicks
Grades 9th through 12th
Enrollment 779 (2009)
Color(s)           Navy and Silver
Mascot Wolves
Website

Ranchview High School is a secondary school located in Irving, Texas, United States.

Overview[edit]

Ranchview High School is a part of Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, although it is located in Valley Ranch within the city limits of Irving. Ranchview has a 54-acre (220,000 m2) site which is located between Valley Ranch Parkway South, Valley Ranch Parkway East and Ranchview Drive. Ranchview opened in 2002 starting with 8th and 9th grades only, although high schools in CFB-ISD do not traditionally include 8th grade. The following year, the 8th grade class became the freshman class (the 8th grade class was moved back to Barbara Bush Middle School), and the school continued with the 9th and 10th grades. The school added a grade each year thereafter until reaching full high school status (9–12th grades) in the 2005/2006 school year.

Established in 2002, Ranchview High School is the newest of the district’s high schools and serves students in the Irving, Las Colinas, Valley Ranch, and Coppell areas of our school district. Prior to Ranchview's opening, all students living west of Interstate 35E attended R.L. Turner High School.

The school includes 780 students and 79 professional staff with an average class size of 22 students. Students at RHS are encouraged to become involved in extracurricular clubs and activities and join arts groups and athletic teams.

Ranchview is the only high school in Carrollton-Farmers Branch to be authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the IB Diploma Programme.

The level of instructional challenge is seen in the array of Pre-Diploma, IB, and AP courses offered at Ranchview. These include Physics, Biology, Visual Art, Statistics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Calculus, History of the Americas, English, French, Spanish, and the unique IB Theory of Knowledge course. Additionally, partnerships with Northlake and Brookhaven Colleges, Texas Tech University, and The University of Texas allow students to earn college credits while still enrolled in high school. In addition to this tuition savings, the third graduating class of 150 students received over $1.2 million in scholarships.

In the performing arts, students produce numerous concerts, plays, dance recitals, and art exhibitions each year. Each of the performing groups includes members who are also active in highly competitive city and regional level choirs, bands, dance and theater troupes, and orchestras. The school is also home to various athletic teams.

Accreditation[edit]

Ranchview High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation was extended through 2012 as a result of our[who?] self study and site visit conducted in the second semester of 2006/2007. The peer review team recognized school as exemplary in quality assurance and dedication to continuous improvement. Additionally, the peer review team determined that RHS met every standard for accreditation at the highest level.[citation needed] Ranchview High School is proud to be recognized as an IB World School authorized to offer the Diploma Programme.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB)

RHS IB Courses RHS currently offers the following IB courses for grades 11 & 12:

  • Language A – English (HL only)
  • Second Language – Spanish B, French B
  • Individuals & Societies – History of the Americas, 20th century Topics (HL only)
  • Sciences – Chemistry, Physics
  • Math & Computer Science – Math Studies, Math, Computer Science
  • Arts – Visual Arts, Music

Technology[edit]

Ranchview was built with "spine labs" which are computer labs each of which are connected to four classrooms, giving each class room access to its fully equipped computer lab. The student to computer ratio at full capacity in the school will be 2:1. Each classroom also contains an A/V equipment cart. Each A/V cart includes a media projector, its own computer, a DVD player, a VCR, various equipment, and an overhead camera to replace traditional overhead projectors.

Expansion[edit]

Another phase will be added to Ranchview adding a new classroom wing due to the small size of the school. It also will add a band hall, an auditorium, and an expanded cafeteria.

Students[edit]

In May 2006, Ranchview graduated its first class of 154 seniors, with a total of 1.5 million dollars in scholarships awarded. Some of the academic achievements of this first graduating class include National Merit Scholar, College Board's National Hispanic Recognition Scholar, Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Coca-Cola Scholar and Terry Foundation Scholar. Past graduates have enrolled at Rice University, Bowdoin College, Cornell University, Washington University in St. Louis, Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, Boston University, and many others. In May 2007, Ranchview graduated its "5-year students". These students were moved over to Ranchview in 2002 for their 8th grade year in order to balance out the population at the middle school Barbara Bush Middle School.

2006/2007[edit]

  • Special interest clubs such as Ecology, Club Med, United Nations, Step Team, Crime Stoppers, Leo’s (in partnership with the Lions Club) FCA, Art, and Theater are active at RHS.
  • Academic competitions are offered in speech/debate, writing, history, math, science and many other academic subjects.
  • An SAT/ACT preparation course is provided free of charge during the school day and on Saturdays.
  • A partnership with the Dallas County Community Colleges promotes college preparation and includes courses that award credit at both the college and high school levels.
  • Student leadership opportunities are available with the Student Council, Class Executive Committees, Peer Mediation, Crime Stoppers, PAACK, and our Community Service elective.
  • The school fields competitive athletic teams in volleyball, football, golf, tennis, track, cross country, baseball, softball, hockey and swimming/diving.
  • The National Honor Society, Quill and Scroll, Tri-M (Music) and Mu Alpha Theta (Math) honor societies are active on our campus.
  • The class of 2007 earned $1.8 million in scholarships for post secondary educational opportunities.
  • RHS earned full accreditation and an exemplary designation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[citation needed]

2007/2008[edit]

Formed Special interest clubs such as Ecology, Club Med, United Nations, Step Team, Crime Stoppers, Leo’s (in partnership with the Lions Club), FCA, College Club, Art, Class Executive Committees, Theater, Quill and Scroll, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Club, French Club, Diversity Club, Drama Team, and CIS are active at RHS.

  • Academic competitions are offered in speech/debate, writing, history, math, science and many other academic subjects.
  • An SAT/ACT preparation course is provided free of charge during the school day and on Saturdays.
  • A partnership with the Dallas County Community Colleges promotes college preparation and includes courses that award credit at both the college and high school levels.
  • Student leadership opportunities are available with the Student Council, Class Executive Committees, Peer Mediation, Crime Stoppers, PAACK, and our through the International Baccalaureate Programme.
  • The school fields competitive athletic teams in volleyball, basketball, football, golf, tennis, track, cross country, baseball, softball, hockey and swimming/diving.
  • The National Honor Society, Quill and Scroll, Tri-M (Music) and Mu Alpha Theta (Math) honor societies are active on the campus.
  • The class of 2008 earned $1.2 million in scholarships for post secondary educational opportunities.
  • RHS earned full accreditation and an exemplary designation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • RHS was approved to offer the prestigious IB Diploma Programme during 11th and 12th grades. RHS is also a candidate school for the IB Middle Years Programme to be offered in the 9th and 10th grades

Student Council[edit]

In the 2006/2007 School Year Ranchview's Student Council was led By Teacher sponsor Jenny Coons, with President Ryan Fitzgerald, Vice President Jennifer D. Kim, Secretary Sarah Hutchison, Treasurer Kourtney Platt, Parliamentarian Tamami Motoike, Reporter Lacy Acker, Community Service Chair Aisha Heath, D.A.S.H (Drug Alcohol Safety and Health) Chair Lizzy Gremillion, Energy & Environment Chair Jasmine Khaleel, Pride & Patriotism Chair Kristin Thompson, and Historian's Michelle Green and Annelise Schuessler. The school hosted a successful Spirit Week with hallway decorations, a spirit walk, and a dance. The student council sponsored the first RHS homecoming parade for the feeder elementary schools and the community. Community service efforts included:

  • Making over 1000 sandwiches for the Soup Mobile, a local homeless assistance program
  • Raising over $800 for the American Lung Association
  • Raising almost $400 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Holding RHS’ first ever drug and alcohol awareness program titled “Every 20 Minutes.”

Athletics[edit]

The Ranchview High School boys' basketball team, in its second year of varsity play, went to the Texas High School State 3-A Basketball Finals losing to Roosevelt High School.

Theater[edit]

The school features an annual musical along with an additional fall production. Past musicals include Grease, and Godspell both of which had major turnouts. Ranchview holds two separate theaters, One is the main Stage which houses 125 high powered lights with a multi-functional computer controlled lighting system and a house audio system boasting 12000W of Power, powering over 40 different speakers throughout the auditorium.

The Black Box theater is home to the Theater departments classroom, scene shop, costume storage, prop storage, and technical control room (a.k.a. Techie Hangout). The Technical Control room is home to a surround sound system, 2 sub woofers, and a small sofa for the upper class tech students to sit and relax during downtimes. The "Black Box" hosts a patter grid ceiling capable of holding instruments and sets, and a removable panel floor to add and remove permanent and temporary set pieces.

2008

In UIL One Act Play competition for “You Can’t Take It With You” three students received All Star Actor awards and two students received Honorable Mention recognition.

Choir[edit]

2007

The Women's Varsity Choir earned a Superior rating in the Concert and Sight Reading competition.

2010

One student in the women's varsity choir made All Region.

The Women's Varsity Choir earned a Superior rating in the Concert and Sight Reading competition.

The RHS current choir teacher is Mrs. Laura Roberts.

Choir website: http://ranchview.cfbisd.edu/pages/activitiesChoir.cfm

Orchestra[edit]

2007

The school had three students make the All-Region Orchestra, with the competition including schools from Carrollton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Frisco, Southlake, Grapevine and Colleyville High Schools. Sixteen students earned performance medals at District and UIL Solo and Ensemble Contests. Two students advanced and earned recognition at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Austin. Both the Symphonic and Concert Orchestras received Sweepstakes Awards at the UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest. The Festival Orchestra received Division I Best in Class and Best of Festival Trophies at the 2007 Buccaneer Music Festival in Corpus Christi. Ranchview's non-sub varsity never won sweepstakes.

Ranchview Band[edit]

The Ranchview Band is a highly successful musical organization.

The Ranchview Band is a consistent UIL Sweepstakes award winning band.

The Ranchview Band website contains much more information about the band program. http://www.RanchviewBand.org

2006–2007 UIL Marching Contest: Excellent Rating Frisco March of Champions: 3rd place UIL Solo / Ensemble Contest: (1st year to attend UIL Solo/Ensemble) 10 1st Division (Superior) 1 2nd Division (Excellent) UIL Concert – Sight Reading Competition: I,I,I & I,I,I Las Colinas Symphony Youth Orchestra – 1 member Carrollton Christmas Parade: Mayor's Award ATSSB Region Band Results – 19 chairs earned (2 1st chairs) 6 advanced to area 1 All State Band Member

2007–2008 UIL Marching Contest: I, I, I Tournament of Champions: Best in Class, Conference IV Frisco March of Champions: 2nd place, overall Las Colinas Symphony Youth Orchestra – 5 members ATSSB Region Band Results: 24 In Region Band (4 1st chairs) 11 Advanced to Area 2 All-State Band Members UIL Concert and Sight-Reading: I, I, I and I, I, I Alamo Showcase of Music (San Antonio, TX) I, I, I; Outstanding in Class 3A; Grand Champion Peak Music Festival, I, I, I (Superior Ratings) TMEA Honor Band Hearings: Runner-Up to Area for Region 24 Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps – 2 members

2008–2009 Tournament of Champions: 1st place, Conference IV Aubrey Marching Festival: 2nd place, overall; 1st place, music caption UIL Marching Contest: 1st Division (Superior) Rating, all 3 judges (24th consecutive 1st Division) UIL Area B Marching: 6th place in finals Las Colinas Symphony Youth Orchestra – 5 members TMEA Region Jazz Band – 2 members ATSSB Region Band Results – 17 in Region Band (5 1st chairs) Area Auditions – 10 members All-State Band Members – 4 members UIL Solo / Ensemble Contest – 22 1st Division (Superior) Winter Guard: 8th place (out of 38) in NTCA Championships UIL Full Orchestra Concert and Sight-Reading: I, I, I and I, I, I (first time to go to UIL) UIL Band Concert and Sight-Reading: I, I, I and I, I, I (3rd consecutive year) Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps – 4 membersnium Music in the Parks Festival (Denver, CO)- I, I, I, Best in Class (of 10), Best Overall (of 58) Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra – 2 members

2009–2010 UIL Marching Contest: I, I, I Tournament of Champions: Best in Class, Conference IV Aubrey Marching Festival: Grand Champion, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Percussion Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra – Wind Symphony – 2 members Las Colinas Symphony Youth Orchestra members – 7 members TMEA Region Band – 3 members ATSSB Region Band – 20 members Area Band Auditions – 8 members Texas All-State Band Results – 5 members United States Marine Band Concerto Competition: Matt Solis – Euphonium – runner up UIL Concert and Sight-Reading: I, I, I, & I, I, I (Sweepstakes) TMEA Honor Band Hearings: 1st place in region, advanced to area Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps members – 3 members Peak Music Festival – I, I, I; Best in Class Gulf Coast Festival of Music – I, I, I; Best in Class; Grand Champion

UIL performance[edit]

The school's Fine Arts Department has been extremely successful. They have brought home many awards and accolades to Ranchview.[citation needed]

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