Rancho Solano School

Arizona, USA

Co-ed, no religious affiliation
Boarding School

  1. Founded: 1929
  2. Grades: 8-12
  3. Number of Students: 150
  4. Average Class Size: 8
  5. Student/Teacher Ratio: 3:1
  6. Number of AP Courses: 9
  7. Min SLEP/TOEFL: 50
  8. ESL: Yes
  9. SSAT required: No

1.5 hours from Phoenix, Arizona
Nearest Airport: Phoenix

About Rancho Solano Preparatory

The Orme School is frequently voted one of the best 50 boarding schools in the US. Established in 1929, The Orme School is a unique, college-preparatory boarding school for grades 8 through 12, set on a 300-acre ranch in Arizona. The school’s mission is to develop character, academic growth and curiosity, and to enable students to succeed at the college of their choice. Challenging curriculum features a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on learning and both environmental awareness. Orme offers one of the top sustainability programs in the country. Thanks to a 1.5 million dollar grant from the Burpee Foundation, Orme has recently added a large garden, a 200 tree orchard, a table grape vineyard and composting operations. The school also offers an equestrian program with a state of the art equestrian facility, full rodeo arena and 40 horses.

College acceptance

University of Arizona, University of Colorado, University of California, University of California at Los Angeles, Dartmouth College, Colorado State University, University of Washington, University of Oregon, Binghamton University, Drexel University, Michigan State University, Oregon State University, Syracuse University, Cornell University, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, Lehigh University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of California Davis, University of California at Santa Barbara, Virginia Polytechnic Institute.


Small classes offer individualized attention and direct involvement with faculty. The average class size at Orme is ten students, with opportunities throughout the day and evening for students to meet one-on-one with their teachers. Coursework extends well beyond the classroom through outdoor learning, field trips, and study abroad opportunities.

AP Courses

  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Computer Science A
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • European History
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Spanish Literature
  • U.S. History
  • World History

ESL/Support programs

  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced

Foreign languages

  • Latin
  • Spanish


ARTS: 2D Art, 3D Art
ENGLISH: English I, II, and III, British Literature

ELECTIVES: Horsemanship,  Equine Science, Health, Physical Education, Cultivating Cooks, Cooking and Baking 101
HISTORY: World History I, World History II, US History, Government and Economics
SCIENCES: Conceptual Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Environmental Science, Plant Science
MATH: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Honors, Statistics
MUSIC: Piano, Guitar

COMPUTER STUDIES: Intro to CS JavaScript

Clubs and organizations

Art, Creative Writing, Electronic Maintenance, Equestrian, International Club, Latin, Leadership, Math, Weightlifting.



Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Football, Soccer, Softball, Track, Volleyball, Weightlifting.



The expansive campus has all dormitories separated by sex, allowing privacy and creating a safe environment for all students. Each room features 1-2 beds with a shared bathroom between. Students share living rooms and have access to laundry and washing machines.

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