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The Long Ridge School

Private | PK-5 | 120 students

Our school is best known for where the art of teaching meets the joy of learning
 
 

 

Living in Stamford

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $670,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,470.

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Community Rating

5 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
No new ratings
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted October 12, 2013

My son loves the Long Ridge School. He looks forward to going to school every day. He is challenged, never bored, and happy to be in an environment that encourages respect and kindness. Long Ridge is not just a school, it is a foundation for a great future of learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

I have 2 sons at the Long Ridge School and they are happy to go to school every day. At LRS they are able to learn at their own pace and explore their individual interests. They have the opportunity to explore and develop their own unique interests in an environment that cherishes the diversity within all the students. This is a special school that focuses on early childhood. The goal is to create an environment for early learning that produces individuals who love to learn and seek knowledge out every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

Our two children graduated from The Long Ridge School and were fully prepared for their middle and high school education. Their love of learning can be traced to Long Ridge and its teachers and would happily go back if they could.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

I am a parent of three who all attend The Long Ridge School. Like many I was unsure about where to send my children when I first began to research primary education and was overwhelmed with the options. I couldn't be happier with the decision to send my family to LRS. The positive environment, the educational philosophy that children learn best in small, caring, and challenging environments really works. All three of my children have different personalities, strengths and weaknesses and each has flourished based on the personal attention received. The ability to identify and strengthen challenging areas while motivating and developing strengths is inspiring to witness. I was public school educated through high school and always believed that because I did well and was successful that public school would be fine. After participating and learning about the latest in educational data and trends and observing how my children have flourished I truly believe in the LRS model. I would highly recommend parents consider sending their children to this wonderful school and visit the open house our request a tour to learn first hand.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2013

My son is close to completing his 3rd year at LRS and I couldn't be happier with the quality of education he has received and the loving environment he is a part of every day. We LOVE LRS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2013

I visited 10 schools before choosing Long Ridge for my daughter. I drive 25 minutes to bring her to school, and every morning when my daughter enters the classroom I am reminded that Long Ridge is exceptional and worth it! This is an incredibly creative and nurturing environment that promotes critical, independent thinking. The children thrive here in a family like atmosphere with gentle, clear guidance from faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2012

The Long Ridge School provides children with the environment to not only learn, but also learn how they learn best and what areas need improvement. It allows children to become the best person they can be and have confidence in who that person is. In a world that is so busy, competitive and hectic LRS has taught my children that the people they are truly competing with are themselves. In doing so my children will not only graduate with an excellent academic background but with the character and confidence to succeed regardless of where and what they do in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2012

The teachers at Long Ridge seem to be challenged by the administration. If you have a child who fits into the mold than you'll be more than welcome. Ours wasn't and after a short time we were asked to not allow our child to return. A five year old doesn't necessarily have a filter however I thought parents might. He wasn't challenged but was bored. After having him removed from the school he is now doing brilliantly in public school. I wouldn't waste the money on this one.


Posted October 12, 2011

The quality and experience of the teaching staff is unsurpassed. My kids got a terrific foundation at Long Ridge and have gone on to very successful careers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2011

My twins are in their fourth year at LRS. The teachers have been phenomenal in recognizing and supporting each child's strengths and learning style. Small size of the school facilitates individualized instruction and a sense of community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2011

I am a parent of 2 Long Ridge School graduates. Both of my children attended the school from the age of 2 and recently graduated in the 5th grade. I feel so fortunate to have been able to give my children this educational experience. They have both gone on to another private school for middle school and are flourishing, both academically and socially. At Long Ridge, my children were nurtured, encouraged, educated and loved and as a result they are totally confident in who they are as students and as kind, respectful, and articulate young men. I cannot thank the school enough!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

After being accepted to five different schools, we chose LRS for our son--I couldn't be happier. Following a less than impressive experience at another private nursery school, it is such a thrill to see my son jump out of bed and WANT to go to school every morning and be excited about what they are going to do that day. He is a bright little scientist but is also very shy. He really came into his own this year. As you would expect in all private schools, the academics are challenging and advanced and there are lots of 'extras', but the teachers are also concerned about what kind of person he is becoming. His confidence, enthusiasm, and creativity have exploded this year---I attribute it to his teachers and the small-school atmosphere that makes him feel comfortable. He said to me, 'Everyone at school knows who I am!'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2007

Though my children have long since graduated (both are now in college) I am thankful for the solid preparation they received at Long Ridge. Classes are small and the teachers are attuned to and familiar with the different needs of each child so can use developmentally appropriate materials and techniques. The school emphasizes independent thought, the joy of learning, and critical thinking - all of which are important skills throughout life. The integrated curriculum helps students see the connections between different areas of study, and specialists in science, art, music, and Spanish complement the work of the classroom teachers. My children loved going to school each day. All in all a wonderful experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2006

The Long Ridge School provides a wonderful education for children that thrive in an informal loosely structured environment. The music program is especially strong, with children learning to play recorder, dulcimer and handbells. The integrated curriculum ties together activities with music being about what is being studied. The dulcimers are even made by the students. Parents are very involved with the school, and if you don't know most of the parents by their first name, you are likely to know them at least by the first name of their students.
—Submitted by a parent


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We currently do not have any test score information for this school. Unlike public schools, private schools are not always required to report data about their schools or not required to take the same tests as public schools. Many private schools take different standardized tests; however, that information is often made available only to families of enrolled students. We strive to acquire additional private school data whenever available.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 62%
Black 7% 15%
Hispanic 4% 18%
Asian 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Italian
Russian
Spanish
Greek, Lithuanian
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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)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Improv

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Greek, Lithuanian
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Kris Bria
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • CAIS
  • NAEYC
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (203) 322-0406

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
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
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Greek, Lithuanian
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Town
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Student led Service Projects
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
25
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
50

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$7000 - $25000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
St. Luke's
New Canaan Country Day School
King
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478 Erskine Road
Stamford, CT 06903
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Phone: (203) 322-7693

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