Sage Ridge School
|Sage Ridge School|
|Type||Private secondary and Intermediate|
|Motto||"The Power of a World Class Education"|
|Head teacher||Nicole Taucare|
|Student to teacher ratio||9:1|
|Color(s)||Black and Burgundy|
Sage Ridge is Reno, Nevada's only non-sectarian college preparatory school. It offers a diverse academic environment for grades 4 through 12 through the teaching of various Mathematics, Science, English, History, Spanish and Latin classes. The curriculum is supplemented with an array of fine arts classes, including various music, art, and theater courses. The school is accredited by the NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools).
Campus and Facilities
Sage Ridge School sits on over 40 acres (16 ha) of land about a thousand feet above the valley floor of Reno, Nevada. It has a view of the city, which is directly north of the campus. Two buildings and portable classroom comprise the main campus, along with a multipurpose field behind the school. The three buildings, Crossbow Hall, the Webster Building, and the learning cottage, have undergone extensive renovations over the last couple of years.
Webster Hall houses a multipurpose room, called the Great Space, with a non-regulation sized basketball court surrounded by classrooms, the main office, and the library. The Great Space is used for everything from middle school physical education to weekly school meetings. The learning cottage serves as a classroom, as well has housing the business office and storage for the theater program.
Sage Ridge competes in the 1A and 2A division of the NIAA of the Northern Region. In recent years, Sage Ridge's cross country team has ranked the top in the Nevada state competition in both boys and girls. Sage Ridge offers a variety of sports, including volleyball, cross country, swimming, cycling, golf, basketball, track and field, and wrestling.
The boys Cross Country team won the 2A state championships in 2004, 2006 and 2007. They were runner-up in 2003, 2005 and 2011. The team finished fourth in 2009 and 2010. The girls Cross Country team won the 2A state championships in 2007, and 2008. They were runner-up in 2006 and 2009.
Both boys and girls track teams have had many individual state titles in events such as 100, 4x100, 400, 4x400, 800, 1600, 3200, and the long jump. Three state records were set in 2007 by Nathan Chellman at the Championship meet in the 800, 1600, and 3200 meters.
Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association State Championships
- Cross Country (Boys) - 2004, 2006, 2007
- Cross Country (Girls) - 2007, 2008
In recent years the Sage Ridge School drama department has presented a number of high-reaching productions of such plays and musicals as "The Mousetrap," "Guys and Dolls," "A Streetcar Named Desire," Chekhov’s "The Boor" and "The Seagull," "Little Shop of Horrors," "MacBeth," "Oliver!," "Romeo and Juliet," "The Crucible,""The Taming of the Shrew", and "battle born". Several drama students at SRS have graduated to go on to study theater at prestigious drama schools and to work in drama and theater. The school's theater club attended and performed a play written especially for the experience at the world famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014.
- Aca'Bellas — All-female a cappella group
School clubs are a major part of the Sage Ridge community, though it is no longer mandatory that all students join at least one club.
Current High School Clubs
- The Ridge - School Newspaper
- The Prism - Arts and Literature Magazine
- Junior Classical League
- Science Club
- Theatre Club
- Art Club
- Community Service Club
- Investment Club
- Chess Club
- Meditation and Relaxation
- Every fall, the school has an outdoor education week for the students. Each grade goes to a different destination to spend a week in the outdoors. The trips usually include outdoor activities such as hiking and camping, but the 12th graders go to Ashland to attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Student organizations interact with one another and communicate with Sage Ridge students to create school policies.
- Prefecture — a teacher-elected group of students that maintains communication between students and faculty
- Honor Council — an organization consisting of a teacher-nominated, student-elected body
- Student Government — student-elected representatives
- Student Advisory Council (SAC)
- Student Diversity Leadership Council (SDLC)
- The Ridge — school newspaper; updated online biweekly and in print every semester
- The Prism — bi-annual literary magazine
- Vestigia — yearbook