24 Parent Reviews for Rancho Solano Preparatory School
Applies to Prep School only. Before you enroll your child in this "elite" school. Obtain the following statistics from the administration in writing: 1. Number of faculty who have resigned in the past 24 months. 2. Percentage of students who are from non-English-speaking countries. You have been warned.
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Posted by a other on 06/24/12
If it wasn't for the elementary schools the rating would be much lower. The prep school is not more than one star.
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Posted by a parent on 06/03/12
This review is for the Prep school and does not apply to other Rancho Solano campus. Rancho Solano has had a great community reputation but unfortunately the Prep school does not rise to these standards of excellence. The Math and Science departments are severely lacking! Even though the cost of attendance
... Read more is upwards of $16,000 per year. The teachers seem to be undervalued and apparently underpaid which could explain the constant turnover of teachers. My student stated there is constant talking, texting, and internet surfing going on during classes. There was very little preparation for AP tests and one test even came as a surprise. Because of the frequency of changes in class names, types (honor, IB, AP) I did not even know which classes were now considered AP classes. Planning is poor and changes are made mid way through a qtr or semester frequently. I wish I could say that getting students prepared academically for strenous studies in college was the administration's primary goal, but priorities set by high level admin are so contrary to this I have difficulty imagining the success of this school. For the few of us that constantly gave the benefit of the doubt, we were too kind. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/29/12
My children have been attending Rancho for 6 years now. I feel they are getting a top tier education. Rancho is great at creating a well rounded student with academics, community service, fine arts and athletics. There will be highs & lows anywhere you go. I feel by far that this is where my kids
... Read more should be. They are around students & teachers who care about their education & their future. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/17/12
I am extremely disappointed in the administration of this school. I feel that the students have been let down over and over again. Promises made, never kept. The staff turnover is very concerning to me as well as my child. This school is more about appearance than what is truly happening on their
... Read more campus with their students. If you are looking for a solid education go somewhere else because Rancho Prep is truly about themselves and NOT about the students. The bait and switch referred to in a prior post is completely true. Unfortunately, we as parents, believed the promises that were made and our kids are now paying the price for it. Meritas will most definitely be the demise of Rancho Solano, a school that in the past has had a solid reputation, but now is all about the almighty dollar. So unfortunate. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/12/12
This "Prep" school has very high teacher turnover. This school, for whatever reasons, does not seem to be able to retain good teachers and guidance counselors.In my opinion they do not prepare students very well for AP tests in Calculus, Biology, US HIstory, and Physics. I do not know if the preparation
... Read more is any better in the other subjects. In my opinion the school has a lot of great students but the school is very poorly run. The school's motivation appears to be the almighty dollar. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/09/12
They pulled a bait and switch on me. Advertised the school as a big new campus and was stuck at a middle school campus freshman year. After I left it took over one month to receive my transcripts for 9-11 grade. I had to threaten to take legal action just to get my transcripts. The campus is small,
... Read more few kids. There is also a very high teacher and student turnover rate. I had 3-4 history teachers my junior year. There is no gymnasium despite them saying they would have one freshman year. Read less
Posted by a student on 05/08/12
I have gone to Rancho for only four months, and I already feel as if I've found my second family. Many of these mediocre reviews are from parents, but take it from me-- a student-- that you could not get a more hands on education anywhere else! Class sizes are small and you are free to express your opinion
... Read more whenever you please. I came from another charter school, but I have also been to another private school, and public school. So I've seen it all. Yes, some teachers are difficult to learn from, but they are far from unqualified. Every teacher here proves to the best of the best, because Rancho refuses to settle for less. Every kid here proves to be friendly and intelligent, because Rancho refuses to settle for less. Rancho is a family and a community because Rancho REFUSES to settle for less. Read less
Posted by a student on 11/03/11
This is my childs 2nd year at this school and it is not getting any better. Too many teacher changes. Kids do not listen to teachers and teachers are not willing to discipline kids.
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Posted by a parent on 10/17/10
My children have attended Rancho for years. They have attended 2 locations but have spent a great deal of time on all the campuses. I love Rancho but feel the Hillcrest campus is problematic. They do not offer nearly as much activities there and I think management and staff are the least qualified
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Glendale schools — Rancho Solano Preparatory School is located at 3540 W Union Hills Dr, Glendale AZ 85308. 3540 W Union Hills Dr is in the 85308 ZIP code in Glendale, AZ Rancho Solano Preparatory School is a Private school that serves grade levels 9 - 12.
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