Rancho Solano Preparatory School is set for an upcoming school year of unprecedented growth and development. The theme for the 2023–24 academic year is “Back to the Brand,” emphasizing a renewed dedication to the school’s identity.
Rancho Solano in Scottsdale is a private, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade international learning community that nurtures the fullest potential of every individual student and has International Baccalaureate authorization for the Diploma Programme, according to a press release.
Over the past several years, the preparatory school has experienced continuous growth, and this trend is set to continue in the 2023–24 academic year, the release stated.
The school projects a significant increase in the number of students, with an estimated count of around 860 students compared to 750 the previous year. To accommodate the surge in student enrollment, Rancho Solano has made strategic investments in its infrastructure. For the next school year in 2024–25, the school will unveil a new lower school campus, designed to provide a cutting-edge learning environment for its younger students. A new middle school campus has also been established to meet the growing needs of students’ academic and personal development.
Rancho Solano has increased its number of faculty members to approximately 125, ensuring that each student receives the individualized attention and support they need to thrive academically and personally, the release stated.
As part of its annual tradition, Rancho Solano sets a thematic focus that aligns with the school’s strategic plan and core values. The theme “Back to the Brand” aims to unite the Rancho Solano community, according to the release.
Last year marked the return to in-person gatherings at Rancho Solano since the pandemic’s onset. In-person events, workshops and social gatherings will play a central role in creating an engaging campus life.
Additionally, efforts in service-oriented projects and activities will intensify at Rancho Salano. A notable change will be introduced for 11th- and 12th-grade students with academic trips shifting toward service-oriented experiences.
Since its founding in 1954, Rancho Solano Preparatory School has been guided by its core values of integrity, safety, zest for life and a passion for learning, the release stated. The school’s teaching model emphasizes critical thinking, problem-solving and high-order reasoning skills, enabling students to become global citizens and lifelong learners.
Every Rancho Solano graduate embarks on a journey to higher education, receiving acceptances from colleges and universities worldwide. Recent graduates have gone on to Yale and Brown universities, the United States Naval Academy, University of California – Los Angeles, the University of Madrid and McGill University. Over the past two years, Rancho Solano graduates have received over $10 million in scholarships, according to the release.
“We are incredibly excited about the upcoming school year and the remarkable growth we have experienced,” Managing Director Scott Salk said in the release. “As we embark on the 2023–24 academic year with the theme ‘Back to the Brand,’ we look forward to fostering a sense of unity and purpose among our students, parents and faculty. Rancho Solano Preparatory School remains committed to providing an exceptional and individualized education experience, preparing our students to excel both academically and personally.”