Ranney School

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Ranney School
Official Seal of Ranney School.jpg
Nil sine magno vita labore dedit mortalibus (Latin).
Life grants nothing to mortals without great work.
235 Hope Road
Tinton Falls
, NJ, 07724
United States
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Nonsectarian
Established 1960
Headmaster of the School Dr. John Griffith
Faculty 93.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment 819 (2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 9:1[1]
Campus 60 acres
Color(s) Navy Blue and White
Athletics 29 Interscholastic teams
Athletics conference Shore Conference, NJSIAA, NJISAA
Mascot Panther
Average SAT scores Middle 50%
Reading 520-670
Math 540-670
Writing 550-690[2]
Newspaper The Torch
Yearbook Horizons

Ranney School is an independent, Beginners (age 3)-Grade 12, coeducational, college preparatory day school located in Tinton Falls, in Monmouth County, New Jersey. It was founded in 1960 by educator Russell G. Ranney to help improve students' college board grades.[3] Today, Mr. Ranney’s dream for the school holds true – our small class sizes and rigorous curriculum help children perform to the best of their ability. The Ranney School community maintains its core values of Knowledge, Vision and Honor and stands by its mission-promise that every child is known and valued.

The evolution of Ranney School has been spectacular. For more than 53 years, this transformational institution in historical Monmouth County, just minutes away from the Jersey shoreline, has progressively responded to anticipate the changing needs of a diverse population that is representative of dozens of towns across the Garden State as well as relocated families from New York City and even overseas. At Ranney, children who walk into the Lower School Beginners’ classrooms for the first time at age three will more often than not, continue their education through Early Childhood, Lower, Middle and Upper School at Ranney. During their senior year of high school, these Ranney Panthers—many with younger siblings not far behind—are celebrated as Ranney “lifers,” meaning they have attended Ranney for 10 or more years. The Class of 2014 has 23 “lifer” students out of 59. The school is also proud of its Legacy Families (approximately 20) who represent Ranney alums now sending their children, and in some cases, grandchildren to the school.

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 820 students and 93.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9:1.[1]

Dr. John W. Griffith is the fourth Head of School in the school's history. Dr. Lawrence Sykoff, the third Head of School, retired at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. Previous Heads of School included Russell G. Ranney (1960-1985) and Margaret Mahon (1985-1993). Dr. Griffith assumed his role as headmaster on July 1, 2013.

Ranney School maintains multiple academic departments, rigorous courses, experienced teachers, small class sizes, state-of-the-art facilities, and a plethora of activities and sports. The 60 acres (240,000 m2) are home to modern Lower, Middle and Upper School academic complexes, three computer labs, two science labs, a Robotics lab, two libraries, two dining halls, a music wing, a 400-capacity assembly hall and performing arts stage, a tennis courts, a track, two gymnasiums, an indoor 25-meter swimming pool, a 415-capacity outdoor grandstand and press box, training and conditioning facilities and fields for soccer, lacrosse, baseball and softball.

The school is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools.[4][5] Ranney School has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1994, and received the highest rating possible in 2012.[6]

College Guidance[edit]

College Guidance office is one of the distinguishing features of Ranney School. Highly knowledgeable college counselors carefully and skillfully guide each student through the college admission process, providing the individualized attention and care that is characteristic of the Ranney experience. It all starts in 9th grade, when student schedules pass through the College Guidance Office for review. Staff members work closely with students, parents and advisors throughout the Upper School years to ensure that each student follows an appropriate academic course, with clear and achievable goals. During junior year, Ranney’s college counselors meet one-on-one with students and parents to discuss all the variables in the college selection process and help focus each student’s priorities, goals and aspirations. By the time students are ready to apply to college, they can feel confident that Ranney’s reputation for excellence will provide them with the best possible chance of acceptance.

Our Graduates[edit]

Each year, members of Ranney School’s senior class are accepted into some of the most prestigious colleges and universities across the country. Of the 59 students in the Class of 2014, 49 students (83% percent of the class) were accepted into institutions rated as “Most Competitive” or “Highly Competitive” by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges. Among the universities accepting Ranney students in 2014 are seven Ivy League schools: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania. Historically, 80% of Ranney seniors earn acceptance to their first or second choice college or university. Ranney grads are also admitted to specialized programs around the world in the areas of Arts, Business, Engineering, Film, Journalism, and Music & Sound Engineering.


Ranney participates in the Shore Conference, which includes Class B Central, Asbury Park, Henry Hudson, and Point Pleasant Beach, and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[7] The school also competes against other New Jersey and New York City area private schools.

The school has won more than 30 individual and team championships in the past five years, including in swim, tennis, basketball, fencing and more. In 2011, the Ranney épée team won the state championship, the school's first state title in any sport.[8] In 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Varsity Girls' Tennis team won the NJSIAA Non-Public B South Championship. In its first year in the Shore Conference as a B-Central Division member, 2012-2013, Ranney received the School of the Year and Coach of the Year Awards. Ranney Athletics are present in all divisions, Lower, Middle and Upper School, including twice-weekly swim practice, an after-school RanneyPlus program and a weekend Panther Cubs program for younger students. The school also has an emerging crew team and an equestrian club.

Student Activities and Achievement[edit]

Ranney students in all divisions (Lower, Middle and Upper) have access to a wide array of extracurricular and co-curricular activities. One of our newer programs, Robotics, launched in 2010, has soared, with students qualifying and competing at the state, national and even global level though VEX Robotics. Upper Schoolers competed at the VEX Robotics World Championship in both 2013 and 2014 (earning 28th place for our division) and during the 2013-2014 school year, earned six state championship awards as well as individual state and national awards. Robotics, which extends to the Lower School through LEGO Robotics, builds upon the school’s 21st century technology curriculum, which incorporates robotics and computer science courses in the Upper School, a 1:1 Laptop Program for students in grades 6-12, three computer labs, two digital media centers and interactive SMARTBoards in all classrooms.

Students rely on this technology and their academic skills for their research-intensive Capstone projects. Completed in the 5th, 8th and 12th grades, Capstones allow students to study a topic of their choice in-depth, ultimately producing a paper and delivering an oral presentation to their peers. This type of project-based learning is fundamental to the academic curriculum at Ranney School and also carries over to some of the most popular Middle and Upper School clubs and Ranney Plus activities (free afterschool activities for Lower Schoolers), such as Science Olympiad and Math Olympiad. For example, Ranney’s Middle School math and science students participate in multiple competitive events throughout each school year. Additional Ranney Plus and extracurricular offerings include computer coding, stage and set design, nature clubs, broadcasting, diversity club, creative writing, sports debate, community service club and forensics, to name a few.

In fact, Ranney’s award-winning Forensics team competes annually. Since 1994, the Middle School team has garnered more than 335 awards at competitions throughout New Jersey, with nearly 120 of these award winners earning first-place recognition. Forensics is part of Ranney School’s growing Performing Arts program where students in each division produce four Broadway-style plays and musicals each year. In 2013-2014, our dramatic productions earned 10 Count Basie Award nominations, one of which was awarded to a senior for her role as an outstanding lead actress. Several students have earned roles in local theatre productions and workshops as well.

Ranney also offers orchestra, band and chorus in each division, giving concerts throughout the year. During the 2013-2014 school year, an Upper School violinist was selected for the third year in a row to the Central Regional and All State High School Orchestra, and the school’s All-Division Orchestra Director was chosen to lead the Central Jersey Music Educators Association (CJMEA) Intermediate Orchestra. Music students continue to earn top awards at annual Music in the Parks and Heritage National Music Festival Heritage competitions and student Jacquie Lee competed on NBC’s “The Voice,” making it to the number 2 spot on the nationally televised singing show in late 2013. Last but not least, Ranney students in all divisions performed in New York City’s world-renowned Carnegie Hall stage in winter 2013 for a choral and orchestral performance, three Upper School students were invited to join the All-Shore Chorus in 2013-2014 and two students were selected as Two River Theatre Metro Scholars in 2014.

In World Languages, where students are introduced to French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese beginning in Kindergarten, Ranney students excel. Middle and Upper World Language students received national recognition for their excellent performance on the both the 2014 National French and National Spanish exams.

Ranney students in all divisions are also actively engaged in community service efforts, often with the help and leadership of our Parents’ Association (RSPA). From beach sweeps to toy drives, students learn the value and importance of giving back year-round. In October 2013, Ranney School was honored by two local charities for its community service efforts: Lunch Break and Monmouth County Family and Children’s Service. Students also contribute each year to Cinderella’s Closet of Monmouth County, founded by two students in 2008. The organization holds an annual fashion show and provides prom attire to underprivileged students in the area.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Ranney School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 14, 2012.
  2. ^ Class of 2012 Profile, Ranney School. Accessed June 14, 2012.
  3. ^ A History of Ranney School, Ranney School. Accessed October 7, 2007.
  4. ^ Ranney School, National Association of Independent Schools. Accessed June 15, 2011.
  5. ^ School Search, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. Accessed June 15, 2011.
  6. ^ Ranney School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 15, 2011.
  7. ^ League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 27, 2012.
  8. ^ Karn, Jeff. "Ranney, Hunterdon Central, Ramapo win squad fencing titles", The Star-Ledger, February 27, 2011. Accessed August 26, 2011. "Ranney won its first state title of any kind when it grabbed the epee crown, Hunterdon Central repeated as foil champion and Ramapo continued a long tradition by winning the sabre title at the NJSIAA/Bollinger Squad Championships on Sunday at North Hunterdon in Annandale."
  9. ^ Chang, Ailsa. "Meet Preet Bharara: New York's Highest-Profile Prosecutor", WNYC, January 27, 2011. Accessed July 5, 2011. "If you want to understand Bharara, people close to him said to go back to 1986, his senior year of high school. Go back to a small, tightly run place in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, called The Ranney School, where all the boys had to wear blue blazers and gray slacks."
  10. ^ O'Sullivan, Eleanor. "THERE SHE IS...KIRSTEN DUNST Jersey-bred actress is drop-dead talented", Asbury Park Press, July 20, 1999. Accessed May 9, 2013. "Dunst was born in Point Pleasant and attended the Ranney School in Tinton Falls until the fifth grade."
  11. ^ O'Sullivan, Eleanor. "The Jersey Shore's Starlet", Asbury Park Press, May 4, 2007. Accessed July 5, 2011. "Dunst, who was born in Point Pleasant, raised in Brick and schooled for a while at the Ranney School in Tinton Falls, has achieved an acting career unlike any of her peers."
  12. ^ Jordan, Chris; and Radel, Dan. "Jacquie Lee sparks a sensation on 'The Voice'", Asbury Park Press, December 17, 2013. Accessed December 18, 2013. "Jacquie Lee, the 16 year old singing sensation from Colts Neck and the Ranney School, is in the finals of The Voice."

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Coordinates: 40°18′33″N 74°04′39″W / 40.3091°N 74.0776°W / 40.3091; -74.0776