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Rancho Solano's Ventura Campus Opens For New School Year

Rancho Solano officially opened the doors of its 82,000 SF Ventura Campus at 9180 E. Via De Ventura.

The new campus was built by hardison/downey.  Ayers Saint Gross was the architect.

The new campus comes 58 years after the school’s founding by pioneering educator Tedii Bayer-Freesmeyer and showcases striking views of surrounding vistas in an academic setting.

“This is a pivotal point in Rancho Solano’s history,” said Jim Carruthers, president, Rancho Solano. “With the launch of this extraordinary facility, we will improve our delivery and dedication to delivering the finest education to our local students as well as our boarding students. The Ventura Campus was designed for students to experience a competitive, world-class education and prepare them to be successful in an increasingly competitive, global marketplace.

“It’s also fitting that we landed our prized facility within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on Via de Ventura in Scottsdale, adding another level of cultural diversity to Rancho Solano”, Carruthers added.

Rancho Solano’s Ventura Campus, three years in the making, opened its doors on Aug. 6, with 270 students, 30 classrooms and class sizes limited to 20 students. The campus serves middle and high school students from metro Phoenix as well as from around the world with 40 students presently attending from nine different countries. In addition, scholarships will be available to children of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community.

The Rancho Solano preparatory high school has four honors schools and classrooms with glass doors that open into collaborative spaces designed for each educational core. The four core honors disciplines include Entrepreneurship, Math/Science/Technology, Humanities and Performing Arts. The Entrepreneurship program puts students into real-world situations to encourage firsthand experience in the marketplace. Its collaborative area includes a digital stock ticker that lines an upper wall. The Science sector can expand to host a science fair in the collaborative area, the Humanities section offers boardroom-like settings and the Fine Arts core has movable stages.

In addition to outstanding academic honors courses, Rancho Solano is the only private school in greater Phoenix to offer the accredited International Baccalaureate Programme (IB), which is recognized worldwide for its academic rigor. As a member of the Meritas International Family of Schools, other academic differentiators include the Meritas Academic Plan and Touchpoints, a program where students partner with peers around the globe and use video conferencing to resolve global dilemmas with those in other Meritas schools.

In the coming days, Rancho Solano’s Ventura Campus will break ground again to begin the creation of a 25,000 SF student center/gymnasium.

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Rancho Solano Ventura Campus Set To Open

The inaugural school year for Rancho Solano Ventura Campus, the newest academic program from Meritas Family of Schools, is scheduled to commence in August.

Located in Scottsdale just west of the 101 and Via de Ventura interchange, the Ventura Campus at Pima Center offers accessibility and locality. Rancho Solano’s Ventura Campus retains their celebration for cultural diversity by joining Pima Center, a development of MainSpring Capital Group in conjunction with members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

The education program will be housed in the existing 82,000 SF, two-story building, originally developed by Opus Southwest in 2009, and purchased by a MainSpring affiliate in 2011. Initially designed as a suburban office space, the building features significant upgrades from typical educational structures.

Together with MainSpring, Meritas and Rancho Solano are working to develop the land to the west of the academics building; the Tempe architecture firm of Ayers Saint Gross handled the planning and design. hardison/downey is general contractor.

Athletics facilities will consist of outdoor basketball courts, a tennis complex, regulation soccer and football field, and a 24,000 SF gymnasium and student center. The Ventura Campus facilities are complemented by the southern proximity to the new state-of-the-art Salt River Fields sports complex.

Since foundation in 1954, Rancho Solano Private Schools has provided Arizona students with an option for reaching their truest academic potential. Their education program joined the Meritas Family of Schools in 2007, uniting an international network of the finest preparatory schools. The Ventura Campus will accommodate students in grades 6-12, continuing the tradition of Rancho Solano’s holistic approach to education.

MainSpring Capital Group, also located within Pima Center, has steadily been developing this 209-acre land project over the past several years. As a privately held real estate organization specialized in development and acquisition, MainSpring maintains a diverse portfolio. Founded in 1992, MainSpring and their investment affiliates have since had ownership control in approximately 7 million square feet of commercial space, developed a golf course and master planned communities, and own over 2,000 acres of mixed use land within Arizona, Utah, and Colorado.

Through the extensive experience of the principals Marty Farnsworth, Mills Brown, Curtis Brown, Gerry Blomquist, and Joe Bayer, MainSpring consistently demonstrates stability. Reliable expertise within the executive team has allowed MainSpring to survive through difficult economic and real estate cycles. MainSpring’s continued success is due to their conservative financial underwriting, personal involvement in transactions, and innovative approaches to investment. Accomplishments of this team are further recognized by their valued relationships with investors, financial institutions, and lessees.

For more information, contact Mills Brown: 480.362.9602.