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Ridgefield High School

Public | 9-12 | 1758 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted February 5, 2014

As a teacher, i have a unique insiders view of what this school is about. Yes, the test scores are amazing, and if your are a superstar, as many of our students are, you will do well here. If you are an average student, or a student with learning disabilities, then your experience is going to be completely different. Our faculty is encouraged to spend most of our time and curriculum to nurture the best and the brightest. You will not find this in any written policy, but it is the RHS school culture to nurture the gifted and let the other students sink or swim. I find this practice abhorrent, but we, as teachers, must play by the administrations rules. Students with LD are generally written off, and are most definaitely NOT encouraged by their counselors or other staff members. Again, if you are academically gifted, as most students here are, you are fine, but if you are not, be prepared to face some stiff competition will little to no support from the administration. There are some exceptions, of course, and there are some caring teachers who will go that extra mile, but believe me, that is the exception. So, great school for the gifted not so great for the average student
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 23, 2013

The school is stunning, with immaculate test scores and professionalism. The students are all eager, intellectual, and sophisticated. Very impressed with the scores, grades, colleges attended by graduates, and staff. Outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

It gives students a purpose.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2008

THe school has exceeded my expectations. We are new to ridgefield and my son is transitioning very well from his previous private school in Virginia. The staff is always available and willing to help every child succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2008

I graduated from Ridgefield High School this past year and have found that the staff were not only willing to give my peers and myself time outside of class to better acquaint myself with class material, but were also excellent when it came to relating to their students. Also, the new renovations done on the school have made it an excellent place to spend 6 or more hours of the day.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2008

I find that many teachers are not willing to help, whether you ask or not. And I agree with the fact that the school works for superstars and kids in need of special help, but we, average students are ignored.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2006

I went to RHS junior and senior year after moving from Arizona. What a hugh difference this made in my education! This town cares about education. The small class size and caring teachers helped me to stay focused on my future. I would recommend this town and its schools to anyone.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 8, 2006

I never get the feeling that, as a parent, I'm welcome in the school. Teachers do not want to deal with parents and even when my child was ill I couldn't get any help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2005

RHS is an amazing school, and is flexible to the needs of all types of students. The administration is great, Dr. Lindsey the principle is excellent. The extracurricular activities are participated in by all students, and they can get as close to a small community experience of a boarding school here while still staying at home. Amazing. I love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2005

RHS is a very good, very competitive school that turns out graduates ready to succeed in college. But it can be almost too competitive; parents--be there to help your kids stay on top of things. For bright kids who are not the competitive type, the Alternative School is a phenomenal solution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2005

RHS is great if your child is either a superstar or in need of special help. But the average students are ignored.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2005

I could not imagine a better school. Whenever and of my friends or I needed help, the teachers and guidance department helped above and beyond anything that we could have asked for. The Special Ed, Regular, Honors and AP classes are superb- students performing above state and national standards. Ridgefield High School is a conglomerate of superb teachers both in an out of the classroom.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2012.

453 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

453 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2012.

453 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

454 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
99%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) to test students' skills in reading, writing, science and math in grade 10. The CAPT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CAPT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students84%
Female81%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian American82%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%

Reading

All Students82%
Female90%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian American83%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%

Science

All Students80%
Female78%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian American86%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%

Writing

All Students95%
Female98%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian American96%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) to test students' skills in reading, writing, science and math in grade 10. The CAPT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CAPT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 62%
Hispanic 4% 19%
Asian 3% 4%
Black 1% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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700 North Salem Rd
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Phone: (203) 438-3785

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