Rancho Solano Preparatory School

Rancho Solano Preparatory School promotes a holistic approach to each student developing his or her own unique potential through physical, mental, and social practices.
Middle & Upper School

Kamani Odina
Middle/Upper School Nurse
T: 480.646.8244
F: 602.788.8041

Elizabeth Strimbu
Middle/Upper School Counselor
T: 480.646.8241
F: 602.788.8041

Lower School

Kim Kaplan
Lower School Nurse
T: 602.996.7002 EXT 103
F: 602.494.3815

Jill Babcock, MA
Lower School Counselor
T: 602.996.7002


Each campus has a full-time Registered Nurse and a School Counselor. We believe that physical and emotional safety and wellbeing are essential to a productive learning environment.  We work closely together and partner with families to help students develop positive short and long-term health and wellness outcomes.

Pre-K & Lower School Counseling Program

Jill Babcock - MA
The elementary years sets the foundation for developing the knowledge, attitude, and skills necessary for children to become healthy, competent, and confident learners. At Rancho, we prioritize social/emotional learning and teach essential skills in response to issues that our students face, removing any barriers to learning. I conduct daily for whole class lessons that are differentiated according to each classroom’s needs. Also, I run small group session and individual lessons. I work closely with staff, students, families, and the community to provide a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate program to all students.
  • Student Advocate
  • Whole Group/Small Group/Individual & Crisis Counselor
  • Topics Include
    • Feeling good about self
    • Making good choices
    • Managing strong feelings
    • Conflict resolution
    • Dealing with peer pressure
    • Making and keeping friends
    • Communication
    • Self-discovery
    • Setting goals for academic success

Middle & Upper School Counseling Program

Elizabeth Strimbu

The school counselor assists students in the development and strengthening of skills in the areas of academics, social, and emotional growth. The counselor educates, supports, and assists students, and families, as they navigate through life’s challenges while promoting positive life choices.

  • Student Advocate
  • Works with students in an individual, group, or classroom setting.
  • Provides a safe and supportive environment for students.
  • Provides community resources to students and families requiring additional support.
  • Works as a liaison between teachers, administrators, students, and parents.
  • Provides academic support.
  • Helps students to develop and strengthen social/emotional/behavioral skills.
  • Build and maintain healthy relationships.
  • Helps to educate and promote a non-judgmental, accepting, supportive, and diverse community.
  • Provides crisis management.
  • Facilitates testing for state and national merit tests.

School Nurse

The School Nurse serves in a pivotal role to provide expertise and oversight for the provision of school health services and promotion of health education. The School Nurse is a liaison between students, parents, students’ outside healthcare providers, and educational staff members regarding health concerns. The School Nurse may recommend further medical follow-up when a health problem is suspected.  The health office provides first aide and medical care primarily for illness or injuries that occur during the school day. It is not a primary care facility like a doctor’s office. The nurse uses clinical knowledge and judgment to collaborate with families and physicians to provide health services/screenings in an educational environment in which your child can learn and thrive. While the nurse does not make a medical diagnosis or prescribe medication or treatment, medication and treatment prescribed by a physician may be given in the health office.


Confidentiality is essential to building a trusting relationship between students and the school counselor and nurse. Exceptions for when confidentiality may be breached include the following:

  • Student discloses that they are in danger of hurting themselves (self-disclosure or disclosure by someone else)
  • Student discloses that they are in danger of hurting someone else
  • Student discloses that they are being hurt by someone

In addition, it is sometimes beneficial and necessary for the School Counselor, School Nurse and school-based staff (i.e. Administrators, Teachers, Nurse, etc.) to collaborate and/or exchange information concerning students (goals, strategies, progress, etc.). All communication will take place on an as needed basis and will focus appropriately on the needs of the student.

applications open for 2024-2025

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