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Ridgefield Academy

Private | PK-8 | 289 students

Challenging academics, nurturing culture, and character development program.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $622,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,470.

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Posted August 17, 2013

We moved our daughter from public school to Ridgefield Academy and could not be happier. The individual attention that they provide each student is wonderful. Her teachers quickly got her up to speed with the other students and her learning progressed at an amazing level. The focus on special subjects - foreign language, science, music, drama, etc. has been a favorite part of our daughter's experience at RA. We appreciate he fact that everyone eats in the cafeteria (no packed lunches allowed) and they focus on healthy choices, locally grown food and exposing children to a variety of international dishes. Plus, there is a staff member at each lunch table to facilitate conversation and remind them of good manners. These are just a few of the highlights...I encourage you to visit and see if RA is a good fit for your family. It certainly is for ours!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2013

This school is an embarrassment. It's teachers lack discipline, respect, and trustworthiness. I have been going here since preschool, and after 4th grade the school becomes a joke. The teachers pick on kids, have favorites, and stack us with homework that we cannot keep up on. It's "cafeteria" is a disgrace. It is the most revolting place I have even stepped into. They don't even bother to wash anything, but just sprinkle water on top and call it clean. The schools bio says a bunch of fancy words and "cheap" prices. I highly recommend that you waist your hard earned money somewhere else.


Posted January 12, 2011

Phenomenal school! Curriculum is challenging but not overwhelming. Students are encouraged to work hard - significant homework starting relatively early compared to public school. RA kids are well-prepared to move on to HS. Faculty is outstanding, particularly 7th/ 8th. Principals are excellent & beloved by the kids. My child has gone through the entire program from preschool to 8th grade, and we couldn't be happier -- our youngest is now in the lower school and absolutely loves it. There has been great improvement in the transitions between grades, and more focus on preparing students for the next step (whether in the school or moving on beyond RA.) The headmaster knows virtually every child by name, and is involved, effective, and caring. The kids love him, and the parents I know truly value his contribution to the school. We have had one or two "bad" teachers, but that's true anywhere. Arts programs are improving, but both the music and drama programs are really in their infancy. We've found the secondary school placement to be wonderful -- they really want to see your child wind up in the right high school. We have been thrilled with RA. Can't rave enough!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2010

I wish I found Ridgefield Academy sooner! My youngest of 3 started in Kindergarten and we couldn't be happier. The education, nurturing and moral values instilled are the finest we have ever come across. We have 2 older children and there other schools didn't compare to Ridgefield Academy. We also travel 1/2 hour to school and love the school tremendously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

i left the school to move to singapore 2 years ago now and i wish i was back
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 14, 2009

I love Ridgefield Academy. The teachers and students are all nice. Every class is really fun too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 13, 2009

As a student currently going to Ridgefield Academy, I love school! All of the teachers are nice and every class is fun
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2007

As a parent who attended private school all my life, I must say Ridgefield Academy is outstanding. Development of the whole person is stressed, with careful attention paid to moral development and community service. This is our third year and education to date has been outstanding. The teachers are fabulous - the schools greatest asset. The music and performing arts program has greatly improved this year. Parents Association is very committed and involved. We travel 1/2 hr each way. But it is worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2006

The preschool and lower schools are outstanding. You would be hard pressed to find a better preschool program. The middle school lacks discipline,character developement and communication. The transition from lower to upper school is very difficult for students and teachers. A high percentage of students in middle school require tutors, which are often their teachers - so why pay the 18,500 per year when you have to hire the teachers as tutors at $90 per hour. The student teacher ratio in the middle school is the same of that in the public schools at 14 to 1. Not many students continue past the 4 and 5th grades. The numbers speak for themselves
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2005

If you're looking for a great academic program for a Pre-K-8 school, check it out. It's Ridgefield's best kept secret located on 40 acres on West Mountain Road. The school has tremendous facilities and a strong academic program. They emphasize the kind of values parents are trying to teach their kids. The school offers educational programs from 3 yrs of age through 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 61%
Two or more races 9% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Black 3% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 20%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Security personnel
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Chinese

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jim Heus
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAEYC
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (203) 894-1810

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Security personnel
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Cooking club
  • Foreign language club: Chinese
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically come from these schools
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$6000 - $30000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Independent Day Schools
Boarding Schools
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223 West Mountain Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877
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Phone: (203) 894-1800

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