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Quick Facts

  • Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
  • PreK - 12
  • 7:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
  • 14 + Average years of teaching experience
  • 63% of Faculty and Administration hold a master’s degree or higher
  • International Baccalaureate


“We place a priority on academics and Rancho Solano has always been the community leader. There are several alternatives in the area but none of them provides the balance and the depth that Rancho does. The education you get at Rancho is real, measurable, and long-lasting.”

- Proud Parent

“If Rancho didn't let me take both French and Spanish, I wouldn't have discovered my passion for languages, which led to me minoring in Arabic and Spanish in college. The extended essay in the IB Programme led me to my interest in global security and intelligence. I am grateful to...” read more

- Alumnus

“I teach at Rancho Solano because of my belief in the educational value of a vibrant international learning community, enjoying the varied insights of students from around the world. I love the way our classes encourage muted voices to gain confidence in engaging in open discussion on issues facing us...” read more

- Faculty Member

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Teacher Highlight

Media Arts and Film instructor, Carl Varnado, is pioneering the direction of 21st century learning in the fine arts.  Holding a Multiple Subject Master of Education and a Master of Arts in Arts and Media Management, he teaches 6th-8th grade students untraditional art – animation, film, and other interactive media. In the coming school year, game design has been added to this impressive list of class offerings. Mr. Varnado made an impact at the recent 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.  As one of the GDC’s presenters, he was also there to gather best practices in order to implement game design into Rancho Solano’s STEAM curriculum. At the GDC, Mr. Varnado led a “Blacks in the Game Industry” roundtable that addressed: Strategies that create more diverse content; How to give a more prominent voice to underrepresented cultures; Insensitive or racist content in games throughout the industry; and Recruitment techniques for companies looking to diversify their hiring practices. The significance of media arts in education is clear to Mr. Varnado as he states,   “Innovation in education does not come from testing. It comes from where it always came from: matching student interest with societal goals. If we want our students to be 21st century engineers, artists, and entrepreneurs, we have to create classes that train them to express those abilities.  Those classes are game design, film, animation, and architecture. Rancho Solano’s media arts curriculum is designed to match each student’s desire for scientific discovery alongside his or her personal artistic vision.  Comprehensive societal change happens when students are allowed to find their own path whether they are creative or systematic thinkers.”

Carl Varnado

Student Highlight

Shannon Gurley, who graduates from Rancho Solano next year, has been a student at the school since she was four years old, beginning in PreK. We caught up with Shannon to ask her a few questions about her accomplishments and plans beyond RSPS. You have had some extraordinary experiences as a RS student. Could you share some of the most significant? Rancho has provided me with some amazing opportunities and experiences to step outside my comfort zone. During the summer of 2014 I travelled to England to study the challenges of democracy in the modern world at the University of Oxford. My time in Oxford was amazing, challenging, eye-opening, and overall one of the most memorable two weeks of my life. Earlier in the summer of 2014 I was selected to attend an introductory course at the Arizona State University Engineering School about their program, Engineering Projects in Community Service, where I was challenged to think critically and take an entrepreneur and service-based approach to engineering. The program was a great way to introduce myself to the field of engineering with a focus on community service and an emphasis on collaborative learning. You are an outstanding scholar on track to earn your IB Diploma and were recently named 1st Team All-State in Division V by the AIA 365 coaches. How do you successfully balance both academics and athletics? Both volleyball and school are very important things in my life. Balancing the two is hard but the main thing is time management and prioritizing my time so I can successfully complete practices, workouts, projects, essays, homework, etc. I have to make sacrifices on certain things like hanging out with friends or binge watching shows on Netflix, but to me it is all worth it. What are your plans for college and beyond? I’m still a little uncertain about my future. I do want to attend a university and hopefully have the opportunity to play volleyball while studying. As of right now, I’m interested in majoring in Bio-chemistry before attending medical school to eventually become a practicing physician.

Shannon Gurley

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  • 9180 E Via de Ventura
  • Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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