Rancho Solano Preparatory School

RSPS eighth Grade Student Wins Award at Carnegie Hall

Over the summer, RSPS 8th grade student Lauren Puryear celebrated her National Best In Grade Award for her poem, Corroded Heart, at Carnegie Hall with other winners and theBoard of Directors and Donors for 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Her piece was selected from 350,000 submissions, placing her within the top 1 percent, and it was showcased at the …

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Madison Talks about Her Volleyball Experiences with Rancho Solano Preparatory School

Madison Koath is a member of the class of 2018 at Rancho Solano Preparatory School. Though she’s in the midst of preparing for final exams, graduation, and, ultimately, college, we sat down with Madison to reflect on the Upper School experience. Q. You probably have a lot on your mind right now: final exams, your IB assessments, graduation, and college! …

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RSPS Seventh Grader, Jack, Wins The Scottsdale First at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

  Jack Hertzberg, a seventh-grader at Rancho Solano Preparatory School, won the Scottsdale First at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show last weekend! This event is the largest Arabian Horse Show in the world and is a multi-day event sponsored by the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona. Q. How long have you been working with horses? A. I’ve been riding for …

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Shalabh Kapoor, a sophomore at Rancho Solano, was awarded the second oboe position in the prestigious Central Arizona All-Regional High School Band

Q. When did your interest in music begin? Was there a defining moment in your childhood that stands out? A. I remember when my older sister started taking piano lessons when I was about seven years-old, and I got jealous watching her practice and hearing the measurable improvement in her skill. So I’d say my interest was sparked at age …

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RSPS Eighth Grader Photographs Pets, From Dogs to Axolotls

Isabella Lirtzman is an eighth grader at Rancho Solano Preparatory School. With a veterinarian for a dad and a camera in hand, an intense interest in animal photography grew. A photojournalism class at Rancho Solano will continue to fuel that fire and we expect to see great things from Bella. Q. How long have you been practicing photography? A. I …

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Olivia Talks About her Passion for Theater

  Olivia Brydon, a new eighth grade student at Rancho Solano who recently relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona from Saint Legier, Switzerland, has already firmly planted herself in the theater scene, both locally and at school. Q. So you’re involved with a local theater group here in Arizona. Which group do you belong to and are there any plays/musicals on the …

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Austin Shares His Experience in Costa Rica

  Austin Best knew he wanted to volunteer abroad, especially with an environmentally-minded group. Recently, he spent two weeks in Costa Rica with Sea Turtle Camp where volunteer work for turtle conservation positively affects sea turtle quality of life. He took academic opportunities, like the IB Programmer’s Extended Essay, to communicate about his work and its effects. Q. What inspired …

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Kierra talks Dance at Rancho Solano

Kierra Fox dances in the village scene of this season’s Snow Queen Ballet, the annual holiday feature at the Herberger Theatre. She’s a new sixth grader at Rancho Solano’s Middle and Upper School campus after attending primary school at the Lower School campus. Q. How long have you been dancing? A. I’ve been dancing for all of my life, but …

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Meet Annika, Founder of the Art Animal Rescue Team

Annika Sarma is a fifth grade student at Rancho Solano Preparatory School. While still an elementary-aged student, Annika has truly embodied an important tenet we celebrate and practice through all grades at Rancho: the importance of giving back and supporting our local community. When Annika was a second grader, she founded the Art Animal Rescue Team and has since donated …

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RSPS Student Performs at Carnegie Hall

This Summer, Elizabeth Punches, an eighth grader that has attended Rancho Solano since Pre-K4, spent six days on tour in New York City with the Phoenix Children’s Chorus. Because they had been chosen to be a part of Choirs of America, they performed at a variety of locations including St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Carnegie Hall. Q. So, Carnegie Hall! Tell …

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