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Ridge Academy

Private | 1-8 | 40 students


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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $185,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $900.

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Posted June 24, 2013

Both of my children graduated from Ridge Academy and I must say that choosing this school was the best educational decision my husband and I made! The principal, Mr. Koll, is amazing and the teacher's are equally as great. Both of my sons were accepted into the top High Schools in Chicago (St. Ignatius Whitney Young, Morgan Park Academy, Walter Payton, etc.) and from there, some of the top colleges and universities in the country ( University of Chicago, Northwestern, Washington University in St. Louis, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois, etc. ). This could not have happened without the strong educational foundation they obtained while at Ridge. Even though my children have been away from Ridge for several years, I do not hesitate to recommend Ridge to friends, family, colleagues. If you want your child to have a superior education in a non-threatening environment, then look no further than Ridge Academy.
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Posted June 3, 2013

Ridge Academy is an excellent school. Not only are the teachers able to recognize brilliance but are also able to bring it out on every student. The learning environment at Ridge Academy has allowed my daughters to excel in their academic and personal development. Ridge Academy is a very small school that it depends on parent involvement to be as successful as it has been. I really appreciate this because I believe that staying involved in my daughters education not only at school but also at home is very important for them to be successful. At Ridge Academy we are not just another tuition paying parents, we are part of a family. My oldest has been at Ridge since 1st grade and now moving on to 6th grade and my youngest moving on to 2nd grade. My wife and I who are both working parents could not be happier with being part of this school, we could not be happier with being part of this family and could not ever imagine having our daughters attend another school
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Posted April 26, 2013

My son is brillant but this school doesnt see it. I am a single mom and I dont want to spend my time with his education thats what the school is for. They always sending too much homework aint nobody got time for that! Hes in drama class and thats all thats good. Maybe if they would lighten up a little I could relax I pay a lot of money so I shouldnt have to be working with him at home. Thats what school is for not home.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 1, 2012

Ridge is the only school that I know of that is truly ready, willing and able to teach the whole child. The environment is both challenging and supportive, and every effort is made to encourage each child's individuality as a contributing member of the community. All teachers and staff are dedicated to the students.
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Posted May 11, 2010

The school develops average kids into superior students who are well prepared for the challenges of higher education. Afterwards they are positioned to intelligently evaluate life's opportunities and chart their own courses to achieve their concept of success.
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Posted September 16, 2009

Ridge Acadamy is without a doubt the most wonderful place I am proud to be fortunate enough to send my sons to! In a city full of options parents from all around the Chicagoland area go to great lengths to bring their children here to this place my son's can walk to from our home. My boys are thriving because of the warm family-like environment, the dedicated, expert staff and a community of parents who care enough to be super involved. Ridge is like a hidden treasure, I'd like the whole world to find! Check it out.
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Posted September 10, 2008

Wow, what a great school. Our 1st Grader is off to a wonderful start. She is so excited in the morning to get to class. Here is what matters with regards to our childs education: 1. We will not take a chance and hope that it works out - we have a partner to maintain our childs trajectory in education and mastery. 2. We trust the school and it's staff to expose our child to all the wonders and fundamentals that a great private school education should render. 3. Her scores remain 'Off the Chart' they are high and maintainable. 4. Her social skills are balanced - They have 'Fun' Recess! 5. Special projects to get at what she wants to learn and all of the students input is valued. 6. The administrators understand parents issues with work life balance. 7. She can express herself creatively. Great School.
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Posted October 4, 2007

This is an amazing school. As the parent of one graduate and one sixth grader, I have a good feel for what Ridge Academy provides. The critical thinking skills this school nurtures are life-long, the atmosphere is fantastic for any kid. There are no bullying or cliques-every child fits in. Learning is fun here but serious-the test scores are unbelievable (even though they don't teach to any test). The graduates are all extremely successful in high school & college-they're routinely admitted to the high school of their choice (with many academic scholarships) & college results so far have been fantastic; we have alum at U of Chicago, Wash U in St. Louis, Oberlin, Brown & American U, among many others. I've saved the best part for last-the staff is just extraordinary. Incredibly bright, personable, warm, energetic people- you will think you died & went to heaven when you meet them.
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Posted September 28, 2007

a great small school on the city's south side..excellent philosophy of teaching and learning....its home schooling at your child's pace....give it a look and dont forget to ask for their terra nova scores. Also check out the results of their graduates
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Posted September 27, 2007

This school was founded by parents dissatisfied with the level of education their children were receiving at a particular Montessori school. One of the parents was a Principal, another was an Apple award nominated instructor. They formed a cooperative and pooled their money (mortgaging their homes in some cases) to purchase a beautiful former church building to house the school. Enrollment is limited to keep the class sizes at optimal levels. All classes are organized so that, for example, seventh and eighth graders learn together, tapping into the positive possibilities of peer instruction. The teaching principles are based on the latest research in neurology. Ridge's Terra Nova scores are very impressive. My son has been attending the school since last year. He is very bright, and he fits right into their independent study approach. He's very pleased with the curriculum, and he says it's easy to learn in this great atmosphere.
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Posted September 27, 2007

At last, a school that recognizes that academic success is not just about the test scores. The test scores do reflect the results of a rigorous academic program, but more important than the test scores is the development of critical thinking skills that I have witnessed in my child. After wasting 2 years in a CPS gifted center where accelerated learning was achieved through massive amounts of homework and days spent completing worksheets, we are thrilled that our child has rediscovered the joy of learning.
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Posted July 31, 2007

Excellent school with great teachers and staff. The classes are combined, (1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th and 7th & 8th), so the kids work together and learn from each other. Ridge Acadamy is a very small school and the parents always a involved with in school and after school activites parents.
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Ethnicity This school State average
Black 73% 18%
Hispanic 15% 24%
White 8% 51%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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