Year of foundation: 1954 (2008 - high school)
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Age of students: 3-18 years old, residence of students from 15 years
Type of education: joint
Number of students: 1120
Programs: primary school, Secondary school, IB, High School Diploma (AP)
The cost of studying: from 21650 USD per semester with accommodation
Ranking: is one of the TOP-100 national private boarding schools in the USA
The elite private boarding school Rancho Solano is located in a picturesque corner of Arizona. It has a large territory, which accommodates educational, residential buildings, an administrative block, a sports center, playing fields, playgrounds, a recreation area. The Rancho Solano campus also has several shops.
The educational institution belongs to the international group Meritas. The Private School of Rancho Solano is practicing the traditional approach to teaching of foreign students, that is exclusively personalized and quite effective and comfortable for students of all ages. In the educational institution there are teachers from different countries. The number of foreign students among students reaches 20%. High quality of education in the Rancho Solano School is presented by outstanding results of students in the SAT exams.
The school is known for high effectiveness of pre-university courses and programs. Graduates of Rancho Solano enter high-rated universities of America. At the boarding school everything is aimed at satisfying the educational, creative needs of students. Here, much attention is paid to the physical development of students, sport events are organized continuously. The school has a large number of sections. The training mode, its intensity, each can choose independently.
Teachers of the school work on the harmonious development of the child. The curriculum includes subjects that provide intellectual growth (mathematics, social sciences, computer technology, foreign language and natural subjects). To stimulate the creative side of the personality, music, volunteerism (Kids That Care) and the basics of ethical behavior are taught. Physical education and leadership courses develop children's sense of purpose.
The school provides an individual approach for the formation of a unique set of inclinations and educational preferences. The schoolchildren are provided with the support and advice of the curator and the class teacher, teaching methods of analysis and self-education. With the help of modern technologies, children learn to search for information and use them meaningfully. Attention is paid to the development of communication skills, the ability to formulate one's position, and describe it in personal works.
High School (9th to 12th grade)
The pre-university course is aimed at thorough preparation for the specialty in the college and includes several courses required for each applicant: mathematics, social sciences (philosophy, sociology), foreign languages, Physical education and culture, humanitarian and natural science subjects, special courses. Writing the final qualifying work is included in the mandatory requirements of the program.
Two years of schooling in high school can be used to qualify for IV, allowing admission to universities in the world. The diploma of the program includes 6 disciplines, compulsory of which are the public creative course CAS (150 hours of volunteer assistance or creative projects), scientific work (4 thousand words) and the study of the theory of knowledge (methodology and methods).
The complexity of the academic program allows division of subjects into standard and reinforced levels. At a high level (HL) students go through 3 disciplines, the rest are studied on the standard (SL). For underachieving students, it is possible to receive not a diploma of IV, but a certificate with a list of exam marks and subjects studied.
The placement of boarders is organized in an elite residence near the educational building. Students live in Rancho Solano in 2-4-bed rooms with private facilities. In the residence on the floors there are kitchens, rest rooms. Laundry services are also available. Educational supervision in the residence is carried out in the 24/7 mode. For help to adults, students can apply at any time.
Board meals are provided for a full board. The menu in the dining room of the boarding school offers international cuisine. Also in the Private School Rancho Solano offers vegetarian, diet food. Accommodation on campus is available for children from 9th grade, for an earlier age it is necessary to live with parents and relatives.
Students has eberything necessary for creative and physical development. The educational building is very well equipped with multimedia and special equipment for the audience, computer classes, scientific laboratories. The school has a library with a rich selection of printed, electronic teaching aids. Mugs, sports sections have everything necessary for interesting studying. In general, education in Rancho Solano, like in other schools of the Meritas network, can be called high-tech.
The school year consists of two semesters. Rancho Solano school does not take into account health insurance, supervision, school enrollment fees - $ 75 and student expenses related to living in the country. Transfers for foreign students are also not included in the tuition fee. In addition, it will be necessary to allocate certain amounts for the visa fee, air travel and the way from the airport to the school.
Required documents, depending on the type of institution:
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|Language courses, schools and children's language camps||Primary and secondary education - private schools||Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education||Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA|
| - we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs) |
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
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- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
| - we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program, |
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively
| - recommended submission one year before the start of the program, |
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.