Ridgewood has kept the love of learning alive for both of my children. Like any business, experience of the staff (admin & teachers) can vary drastically. With few exceptions, our family has had a positive experience moving through the grades.
My son attended this school for two years. The first year his teacher was horrific. I had to take my child to a tutor. The second year his teacher was phenomenal. There is a huge focus on the highly capable program. For average students, it's hit or miss. Don't expect much from the administration- they are pleasant, but are just going through the motions and are worthless.
I never see School like this. I have 2 boys there and I am so happy for this privilege. All people there are amazing, respectful, sweet and the best of the best. Thank you for love my boys
My son has never been in a school like Ridgewood before. The teachers are extremely committed to helping each child reach their potential. Ridgewood also has different structured classes, which was not the case in Michigan; which is where we moved from in 2006. Ridgewood is set up, so that students spend two years with the same teacher. This, I believe, the best way for a child to get all they can from their teacher(s). My son has been attending Ridgewood since Kindergarten. Even if we were to move out of the distrrict that Ridgewood is in; I would either have him ride the bus to school, or I would drive him myself. That is how much I believe in the school; the curriculum; and everyone on the staff at Ridgewood!
Ridgewood is an awesome school! The staff is hard working and they really care about the kids. The school's PTA is supportive and goes the extra mile for the teachers and the students. The areas where the school could improve is the services if offers students who are struggling. All academics are taugth by the teachers because Ridgewood does not employ Instructional Assistances or a Lap program. This can be difficult if your child requires extra assistance.
My children attended Ridgewood through. The quality of the teaching is hit or miss. The school district's agenda seems more important than anything else-including meeting the needs of the student. Kent's priority seems to be on the superficial-not substance. I'm disappointed with the school and the district.
Both of my boys have attended Ridgewood. It's the best grade school around. Not only have I been impressed with the staff and teachers but I know other parents who have praised them as well.
Both my children have gone to Ridgewood since they were 5 years old. Ridgewood is a school where the school district comes first. Each child is encouraged to do their best to support the school agenda. The teachers are whipped by the school district. The principal is an administrative patsy and serves no valuable purpose for the children. The Kent School District and Ridgewood have been a complete disappointment.
My child loves going to Ridgewood Elementary. The teachers seem to love what they do. The school keeps the children up to par with the latest in technology and is always trying to make sure that they are ready for the next level. Our working with our child at home has also helped him to catch on even faster reinforcing what the teachers are doing.
With the new principal, Lori Toth, returning for her 2nd Year at Ridgewood; things have gotten a lot better. She has really made the kids top priority! She is really adiment about making sure the kidlets have uninterrupted block of study time. This is the time when there shouldn't be any interruptions (unless of emergency, of course). The communication with the PTA and her willingness to support PTA is outstanding. She is a very visable person and persons-person. I think Lori has brought to Ridgewood a lot of positive energy to see the big picture of the future. From the impact of new housing going up around Ridgewood Elementary and Northwood Jr High to the changes being made at the Jr and Sr High Schools (9th grader attending high school beginning 2004/2005 school year). She is a very hands on principal, who treats everyone (and I mean everyone) with respect and dignity. Thank you!
This is our first year here at Ridgewood and so far I have been very pleased. Everyone seems to keep the parents informed and the teachers commmunicate with each other to ensure the children are on the right track. They offer many activities that broaden the learning scope and help enrich our children's lives. I am very pleased with Ridgewood!
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