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Rancho Solano

February 07, 2012 12:29 ET

Rancho Solano Private Schools Announces New State-of-the-Art Campus in Scottsdale

New Facility Will Incorporate Traditional Campus Feel With Latest Design Principles and Modern Amenities, Yielding Expanded Learning Opportunities for Students

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Feb 7, 2012) - Rancho Solano Private Schools (RSPS), the preeminent private school system in Phoenix and a member of the Meritas Family of Schools, has selected the site for its new state-of-the-art middle/high school campus in Scottsdale, which will be located at 9180 E Via De Ventura Blvd.

The new RSPS campus, Rancho Solano Ventura, will house grades 6-12 and offer the highest quality education available to Arizona students. The core elements of the strategy behind the new campus include: being the only private high school in Arizona to offer the acclaimed International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, achieving educational alignment for the campus' students as they pass from middle to high school; learning commons and multiple classrooms constructed in the Harkness method designed to facilitate student collaboration. Other noteworthy aspects of the new campus include outstanding athletic facilities comprised of a gym, full-size soccer/football field, lockers and weight rooms; as well as dedicated fine arts spaces.

"Rancho Solano has been an academic powerhouse in the Valley since its founding in 1954. My vision, and that of Meritas, was to provide our faculty and students with the advanced resources and tools necessary to compete on the world stage," stated RSPS President James Carruthers. "The combination of our already extraordinary faculty along with our new, unsurpassed facility and the highly acclaimed IB Programme yield something unparalleled in the state of Arizona."

To build out the new facility, RSPS partnered with Ayers\Saint\Gross, a nationally recognized architectural firm that specializes in campus and institutional projects. The plans for construction were created in collaboration with the RSPS and Meritas administration, as well as RSPS teachers, parents and students, to create the best possible learning environment.

"The new Rancho campus will be a culmination of everything we have learned about what it takes from an architectural and design perspective to make a school truly world class. We expect this will become the model for future development at other Meritas schools around the world," said Bill Spruce, senior vice president, real estate & development for Meritas.

As part of its five year strategic plan, Rancho Solano has been looking for a site for the new campus over the last year that offered the right mix of size, convenience, and flexibility. RSPS and Meritas selected the Via de Ventura site in December, 2011, and worked closely with the Salt River Pima Maricopa Community Council to finalize the deal earlier this year.

Construction will begin this spring, and the doors will open for the 2012-2013 school year on August 6, 2012. For updates on the progress of the new campus, please visit www.ranchosolano.com/new-campus.

About Rancho Solano Private Schools
Rancho Solano Private Schools, a member of the Meritas Family of Schools, is the preeminent private school system in Phoenix. Founded in 1954 in a house on Missouri Ave., Rancho Solano has grown to the largest private school system in Phoenix and offers classes for preschool - 12th grade. With five campuses in the Phoenix metro area(Missouri, Greenway, Hillcrest, Gilbert and Prep) Rancho Solano will continue to offer the best in college preparatory education that teaches students to be critical thinkers, principled leaders and ethical, world citizens. For more information, visit www.ranchosolano.com.

About Meritas Family of Schools
Meritas is a worldwide family of college-preparatory schools that provides highly personalized education to more than 12,000 students at our 10 schools across the globe. Meritas schools are comprised of top-performing teachers who challenge each child to make optimal progress, both academically and socially. As a result, Meritas students go on to their top-choice universities with the critical-thinking and complex problem-solving skills needed to excel in life. As a collaborative global network with schools in some of the world's most influential nations, Meritas is focused on developing the world's next generation of leaders. For more information, visit www.meritas.net.

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