Ridgewood Public School District (03-4390)

Ridgewood Public School District

The Ridgewood Public Schools are governed by a five-member Board of Education. Members are elected to rotating three-year terms. The largest school system in Bergen County, the district comprises ten schools: one that houses our pre-k handicapped program; six elementary schools (K-5); two middle schools (6-8); and one high school (9-12). All schools are accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education. Of the district’s approximately 557 teachers and administrators, 66% have Master’s degrees and 4% hold doctorates.

The Ridgewood Public Schools deliver a high quality education to 5,774 students, focusing on maximizing the potential of every learner. The district is continually recognized on state and national levels for school and individual achievements. Our students consistently score extremely well on state and national tests and above state and district factor groups. A dedicated, professional faculty and administration offer all students an opportunity to succeed. Additionally, all of our students are taught in a technologically advanced setting and are provided with numerous opportunities to excel, including the arts, athletics, student publications and academic competitions. Ridgewood High School implemented a 1:1 computer-to-student program in September of 2014, and our middle schools implemented a 1:1 computer-to-student program in 2015. Our elementary schools have a 1.5 student-per-computer ratio.

Ridgewood High School has a long tradition of providing a rigorous academic program for all of its students. The program includes 23 Advanced Placement courses. This year, the Educational Testing Service has recognized 136 Ridgewood students as AP Scholars based on their performance on the May 2016 AP Examinations. The average SAT score for the Class of 2016 was 1787. In the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, four Ridgewood students have been recognized as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and 25 Ridgewood students have been identified as Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Ninety-four percent of our graduates continue their education at institutions of higher learning.

Throughout the district, the academic program is enriched and varied. There is a strong commitment to literacy, the arts and sciences, humanities, technology, authentic assessments, and social competencies. At the secondary level, comprehensive co-curricular, music, art and athletic programs round out the rigorous academic program.

As state mandates increased testing requirements and state law has moved to using the results of state tests to evaluate teachers and administrators, the Ridgewood Public Schools remain committed to maintaining a high degree of integrity in its instructional program, educating students for real and meaningful application of knowledge and skills that must extend beyond high-stakes tests with the NJ Department of Education’s increased focus on testing. However, we must also be cognizant of aligning standards and instruction to meet what is measured by these tests.

The Ridgewood Public Schools enjoy a national reputation of excellence because of a strong partnership with the community, the professionalism of our staff, and a common commitment to exceed the high expectations put before us. We are fortunate to have parents and a broader community who are active partners in the education of all students, helping to assure that all children reach their maximum potential. During the 2015-16 school year, our parent organization raised and donated $981,348.34 in goods and services to the district. In addition, the district received a generous grant of $50,000 from The Foundation to continue to support the 1:1 Technology Initiative at Ridgewood High School.