Students enrolled 285
School leader JOAQUIN GLORIA
Transportation options Yes
District Austin Independent School District
After school Yes

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5005 Caswell Avenue
Austin, TX 78751

(512) 414-4469
(512) 459-9187
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4 stars
Based on 18 ratings

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October 10, 2014
Ridgetop has a great community, with a diverse student body. It's a small school with supportive administrators, teachers, and involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2014
We decided to put our son in this school last year for two reasons primarily; the 2 way dual language program and the amazing sense of community that was overwhelmingly apparent even on the tour. Mr. Gloria is very involved with the children and they are comfortable walking right up to ask him questions or try to involve him in their conversations or activities. I was and remain impressed at how the children seem happy and engaged in the classes and around the school. My daughter will be starting Pre-k this year at Ridgetop and we are happy to have both kids there. It is a sweet and small school with caring and talented teachers.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2013
Lacks leadership and proper training for the staff. Many new and younger teachers need better leadership from the admin staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2012
We really love the vibe at the elementary school. The principal is fabulous, such a friendly and communicative man. The teachers have all been wonderful and my son loves them. We have been at other schools in AISD (all central), including some charter schools and Ridgetop has by far been where we are all happiest. Please don't let school "ratings" and test scores confuse you, your neighborhood schools, like this one, NEED you (and your kids) and they deserve a chance. Dual language learning, strong PTA presence, organic gardening and art programs...A+

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2012
My daughter is finishing up her kindergarten year in the dual language program here, and we love it. It is a small school where everyone knows everybody, and feels like a real community. The prinicpal is great, the teachers are great, the staff is great, I just can't say enough good things about this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2011
Our daughter started kindergarten at Ridgetop last fall in the new dual language program. We have had a great experience, and strongly recommend Ridgetop to other families, especially those interested in having their kids learn two languages at an early age. Our daughter is shy, and she was very nervous about starting kindergarten. But after only a few days, she was loving her new teacher and friends, and she enjoys going to school every day. She is reading and writing in English and Spanish, and she speaks Spanish like a native speaker! The school is small, and it is a comfortable, welcoming place. We do not live nearby, but it has been worth the drive, and we are delighted with the results!

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2011
We love this school. Our daughter is enrolled in the Spanish/English dual language program. She enjoys the classroom environment - students in her program work together and learn to rely on each other and she is really learning to speak in Spanish! The administration and staff are excellent and create a welcoming environment for both students and their families. To me, this is what all schools should be like.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2010
I have loved this school ever since I enrolled my oldest child that is now 8 and still attending Ridgetop. I now have 2 other kids going to that school. I love the staff they are so sweet and humble. It is small and they give each student one on one time to help them with there needs. They also have a YMCA program at the school so my kids stay there safe and i do not have to worry that they are driving from school to an after school program. I could just go on and on but I have not one bad thing to say about anyone or the school. I feel blessed that my kids attend such a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
Ridgetop is a small, family-friendly school. No students 'fall through the cracks' because the staff and the principal know all the students and most of the parents quite well. Ridgetop is one of three elementary schools selected to pilot the AISD Dual Language program starting this coming school year (2010-2011) and it will start with Kindergarten and First Grade, adding a grade level each year until all grade levels, Kg-5, have the Dual Language program in place. In 2009, Ridgetop celebrated its 70th year in its present building, and the 75th anniversary of the PTA.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 06, 2009
The teachers love their students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
Caring, motivated, passionate teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
excellent and pleasant teachers and staff

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 05, 2009
They have great teachers (like Vera Corbett) and wonderful students!

- submitted by a community member
November 05, 2009
Great teachers, great school

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 05, 2009
They have a great program with wonderful, caring teachers.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 05, 2009
Ridgetop Elementary has the best teachers ever!

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 05, 2009
The teachers are exceptionally qualified and equally motivated!

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 05, 2009
We're a small school that gets things done!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 05, 2009
I love Ridgetop because we have a staff that genuinely cares about kids, kids that are enthusiastic learners, and families that are committed to the success of children in all areas!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 05, 2009
This school has some of the best teachers in Austin...especially the Bilingual teachers. They are doing a fantastic job.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
If the surrounding neighborhoods would send their children to this school it would make all the difference in our diverse little community. The teaching staff is ultra-dedicated and works extra long hours to make sure the kids get what they need on many levels. 2008 Recognized Status, not sure why Great Schools gives this wonderful little school such a low rating.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
Ridgetop always has the happiest kids bouncing down the halls!

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2008
My son has entered this school for 1 month, but he has loved the school and the teachers very much. The staffs are really helpful to assist him to adjust everything at school. The language barrier is not a big deal for my son. Everybody is understand and help him a lot.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2008
Ridgetop is one of the smallest elementary schools in Austin. The school has been recognized in the past and the parents and staff are very committed to achieving academic excellence.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
November 04, 2006
Our children were at Ridgetop for 4 days before we transferred them elsewhere. There is a lack of leadership and direction. We wouldn't recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2005
Ridgetop is a small school with really dedicated teachers. You can tell the children feel comfortable talking with almost any teacher, and the principal, and still show respect to them. On the larger activities, the parents do get involved, but it doesn't seem like the 'classparent'/teacher interaction is that strong. Still, when the parents are there, they can be of huge help to the teachers and their kids.

- submitted by a staff
March 12, 2005
The academic programs are sound. The availabilty of extra curricular activities is ample. The level of parental involvement is low.

- submitted by a former student
May 20, 2004
We have really appreciated the small class size at Ridgetop. Our daughter receives a lot of individualized and/ or small group instruction. We are also particularly pleased with Ridgetop's 'pull out' gifted and talented program. The best thing about Ridgetop, however, is that everyone knows everyone else and we *always* know what is going on with our daughter and her friends at school. We have only to walk in the door and anyone we see will not only greet us by name, but will share with us whatever tidbit of information they think we might be interested in hearing... I have never, even when I myself was teaching school, felt more connected to any school, and our daughter has *flourished* academically!

- submitted by a parent
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Ridgetop Elementary School
5005 Caswell Avenue, Austin, TX  78751
(512) 414-4469
Last modified Ridgetop Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ridgetop Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top