Rancho Solano Preparatory School

You will love the community we have built here. 

Rancho Solano Preparatory School is a PK-12 international learning community for high achieving students that offers a highly individualized education experience completely unique to Arizona.

We cultivate in our students the ingenuity to thrive in a global society and to be architects of their future.

That is our mission at Rancho Solano Preparatory School, and it is something you will not find anywhere else.

When you graduate from Rancho Solano Preparatory School, you are prepared to thrive at any of the best universities in the world, attending the college that is the best fit for you. Our stimulating educational environment is strengthened through its diverse and vibrant community, specialized academic and enrichment programs, and state-of-the-art facilities and technology.

If you would like to take a deeper look into our school by the grade level that applies to you, please choose one of the following:
Early Learning Center

Grades PK2 through Kindergarten

Lower School

Grades 1st through 5th

Middle School

Grades 6th through 8th

Upper School

Grades 9th through 12th

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Upper School

Lower School


Since 1954, Rancho Solano’s small class sizes, highly trained and passionate teachers, personalized academic curriculum and wide range of course offerings at all levels have helped students develop the character and competitive edge they need to excel in college and beyond.

Our history as a world-class educational institution reflects a proven approach that leads to success.

Below are the milestones we’ve achieved, and the resources you’ll need to be a part of our next chapter of success.

Our Milestones

  • 1954     Rancho Solano Preparatory School founded by the Bayer and Freesmeyer families
  • 1954     Inaugural opening at Missouri Campus
  • 1979     Union Hills Campus established
  • 1991     Greenway Campus established
  • 2003     Gilbert Campus created
  • 2007     Rancho Solano Private Schools joins the Meritas International Family of Schools
  • 2008     Union Hills Campus (PK-8th grade) relocated to Hillcrest Campus
  • 2008     The inaugural freshman class joins Rancho Solano Preparatory Upper School at the Hillcrest Campus
  • 2009     The freshman and sophomore classes relocate to the Union Hills Campus
  • 2010     Rancho Solano Preparatory Upper School is designated an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme School
  • 2012     Rancho Solano Preparatory Upper School graduates first class in May
  • 2012     Rancho Solano’s new 6th-12th grade Middle & Upper School Campus opens in August
  • 2013     Opening of Upper School Athletic Complex & Student Center

From the Head of School

Welcome to Rancho Solano Preparatory School.

Welcome to our website – I look forward to engaging with you in person to discuss your family’s vision for each of your children.

Rancho Solano Preparatory School provides an exceptional opportunity for each child!

As a high achieving PK-12 international learning community we welcome students and families whose vision focuses on developing a successful and happy life beyond college.  Here your child will find a passionate and inspiring faculty, a curriculum that is personalized and differentiated, a focus on global and cultural sophistication, and many opportunities to participate in leadership activities that create well-rounded individuals.  Our nurturing teachers bind all of these elements together into an exceptional 21st Century education, uniquely preparing children to succeed as the architects of their rewarding futures. We begin this pathway through a growth mindset in our Early Learning Center, instilling a love of learning with an emphasis on the whole child! Social and emotional development, the fine arts, and hands-on activities broaden each child’s experiences that are essential to understanding oneself and peers.  We focus on cultivating community values of respect for others, responsibility for self, and success in teamwork.

As students mature more is expected of them, and positive peer pressure supports those young people who join us throughout the grades to become contributing Mustangs!  With small class sizes and individual attention students are held appropriately accountable for their growth in academics, social and moral development, and growth mindset.  Students who join our school community will find themselves quickly absorbed into many exciting campus activities!

Toward these goals we engage parents as partners to build confident students who are well prepared to take their place as civic-minded leaders.  Personal Learning Plans support a growth mindset throughout each child’s years at RSPS.  Our PTO and Parents Advisory Council are just two of the formal ways parents can contribute to the livelihood of our campuses.

Rancho Solano Preparatory School is the only private school in the greater Phoenix area to receive International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme authorization, recognized worldwide for academic rigor and a holistic educational approach. This challenging and balanced curriculum develops inquiring, knowledgeable, international-minded, caring young people who will help create a better, more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Please explore our website, and I invite your family to campus for a personal tour of our truly world-class education.


Seth W. Ahlborn
Head of School

The health and safety of our children and families is always our highest priority. To mitigate the risks of COVID-19 in the RSPS community, we have developed policies based on CDC guidelines, state and local regulations, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Given the evolving situation, we will continue to update these protocols as necessary; please contact your school administration if you have any questions.
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