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Ridgeway School

Public | K-5 | 703 students

 

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Posted June 18, 2014

Facility is relatively old, but clean and well maintained. Very responsible teachers. The principal tries very hard to resolve conflicts among students and enforce safety disciplines. The curriculum is somewhat slow and class size is big. As a result, not enough attention is given to fast students to keep them engaged and motivated. Lunch is so-so quality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

This is a great, wonderful and friendly school. I like the environment that they have for kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2013

This is a wonderful school with a real sense of community and the children and staff seem genuinely enthusiastic to be there. In White Plains there is a choice system where parents can decide which of the city schools they wish their children to attend. In our opinion this was the clear 'winner' for our child and several years on we are still delighted with our choice! The Principal is a terrific leader and she is rightly proud of her staff. The only drawback used to be the playground was a little old, but now they have just installed a lovely new one so even recess is a joy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2012

My husband and I purchased a home in white plains before we had kids. After having kids, we spent a lot of time agonizing about whether this was the right district for us. Westchester had very good schools and some of them are the top in the nation. We always had our eyes on those schools and didn't have high expectations of Ridgeway. Since actually sending 2 kids and comparing the actual work they do to what their cousins who go to the "top" schools in NJ, I've been very pleased. Ridgeway education seems to be more advanced and the district has far more services. I don't have friends in other Westchester school districts so I unfortunately can't compare experiences across Westchester schools - just against Ridgewood NJ, which by the way, the greatschools site rates higher. (you can't compare across states because the scoring bases are not the same) Additionally, when you look at Ridgeway NYS scores vs the "top" westchester schools by sub-group, they are the same. Unfortunately, the salient sub-group tends to be the ethnic division. Net net, what you get at Ridgeway is real-word diversity plus top a rate westchester education. Both my kids are flourishing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2012

I had several children whom attended this school, one special needs and the other a straight A student. I found this school to be not at all what it seems. I would check this school out very, very carefully before placing my kids in this school. Be sure to speak to other parents and do your homework.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2012

Ridgeway School is an excellent place for children to learn! My children have thrived in this evironment with caring teachers and dynamic leadership from the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2009

I went to Ridgeway and this is an amazing school. Everybody is extremely friendly.


Posted July 10, 2009

Ridgeway is a GREAT School!!! I have a child that has graduated from Ridgeway and one on his way to first grade... We have truly had a great experience with all the teachers and staff @ Ridgeway. My older daughter says that she is very grateful because her teachers prepared her so well for middle school (especially her fifth grade teacher :) It really made her transition and 1st year in middle school very easy... We have made lifetime friends with other students and parents and we feel blessed that we have been a part of such a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2006

Great school, a good many caring teachers, and a wonderful focus on creating children who are proficient readers and lovers of the written word. This school also benefits greatly from an involved parent-base that makes Ridgeway a standout. Parents (present company included) eagerly pull together for assorted fundraisers, so the children who go there with an assortment of additional programs and extracurricular activities. In other words, Ridgeway truly becomes a home away from home where parents are encouraged to pitch in and share ideas to enhance the learning experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2005

Ridgeway Elementary school is one of the best elementary schools in New York state. The teachers and staff show great leadership and determination. The educational enviornment at Ridgeway is outstanding. The learning enviornment is is the best out of all the schools I attended. The legacy of Ridgeway would continue throughout many and many of years. My rating for Ridgeway is A+ all the way. I learned so much from my previous teachers. Thank you Ridgeway for making me the person I am today and teaching me the way of the world. As I say 'If you teach someone the right way at a young age they will follow the same path all the way through their life.' Thanks a bunch Ridgeway Elementary School.
—Submitted by a former 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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 32% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
62%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects 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. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects 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. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects 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. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 2 53% 23%
White 1 27% 48%
Black 1 13% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 5% 9%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 120%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 249%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 63%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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  • MS. TASHIA BROWN

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225 Ridgeway
White Plains, NY 10605
Phone: (914) 422-2081

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