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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

Rancho Solano Preparatory School Senior Karan Khosla possesses a myriad of talents ranging from National Merit Semi-finalist to EPICS Generator first place award winner.  While music is Karan’s greatest passion, an impressive list of accomplishments and interests are sure to inspire and challenge future RS graduates. Playing violin for the Phoenix Youth Symphony and the RS orchestra, he began playing the instrument at age four.  “I became serious with the violin in 5th grade when I joined the RS strings program where I was challenged to learn the hardest parts of many songs.” He will be competing in the Young Musician’s Competition this January.  Volunteering at Saint Mary’s Food Bank sorting, packing, and shipping food for the hungry, his enthusiasm for helping others was recognized at the ASU sponsored EPICS High Showcase.  He and a classmate developed an instructional booklet for farmers in Peru to use worm castings to fertilize their crops from the waste produced by their farm animals.  “This project was created to help farmers in Peru. They are poor people with primitive tools and ancient farming methods. Our goal was to help them improve their harvest and find ways to combat pests.” Karan is currently an IB Diploma candidate and realizes that the IB Programme gives students an advantage in college and beyond.  He states,  “I’ve found that learning to question everything I do and applying cross-discipline knowledge is imperative to the success of my pursuits and interests.”  

RSPS Senior Karan Khosla

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