Ridgewood High School (03-4390-050)

For 120 years, Ridgewood High School has maintained a “Tradition of Excellence,” through a diverse and challenging curriculum, promotion of innovative pedagogical techniques, support of technology, cooperation with parents, and dedicated knowledgeable personnel who provide students with a high-level academic program. Students are encouraged to be independent thinkers and collaborative learners, to express themselves effectively, and to appreciate their own individuality and uniqueness. Thus, Ridgewood High School empowers students to be self-motivated learners who accumulate knowledge and experience through personal initiative and effort and who remain active learners throughout their lives.
The foundation of this effective education is a curriculum that fosters high academic achievement through rigor and relevance to the students’ lives. Daily lessons capture the students’ imagination and interest, connect meaningfully to their lives, and help them appreciate their place in a global society. The curriculum develops the skills needed to excel in the world and provides a basis for understanding the diversity of interests that students will encounter throughout life. Finally, the curriculum sets high standards that challenge each student to reach his or her fullest potential.

In 2012, because of this philosophy and the hard work of the faculty, staff, and students, Ridgewood High School was ranked by Newsweek as one of “America’s Best High Schools,” by U.S. News as a “Best High School” in the state and country, and by New Jersey Monthly as a “Top 100 Public High School” in the state. Most recently, the New Jersey Department of Education recognized Ridgewood High School as a Reward School for being 1 of the 47 highest-performing high schools in the state.

To challenge students, four levels of instruction are offered that address all ability levels. Students have the opportunity to choose from unique offerings such as a two-year American Studies class, a two-year American History and Literature with Integrated Study in the Arts course, and a Global Studies Senior Seminar. Some students choose to enroll in a three-year Academy for Health Professions.

As one of the largest public schools in Bergen County, Ridgewood High School offers twenty-one AP classes with a majority of students scoring a 3 or higher on the AP tests taken. The average SAT score has increased over the past three years and 93% of the graduates chose to continue their studies at the college level. Overall, Ridgewood High School students consistently score higher on state tests than the state average and outperform other schools in the district factor group.

To balance a strong academic program and become a well-rounded individual, a student must seek challenges beyond the classroom. To enrich students’ experiences, Ridgewood High School offers 97 clubs and activities, 10 or more theater productions, and 28 sports with 75 teams. Impressively, over 90% of the student body participates in a music program, club, and/or sport.

Each year, Ridgewood High School develops athletic teams that capture league, county, state sectional, and state group championships. Approximately 55% of the students participate in at least one sport.

Charity and community service are a large part of life at Ridgewood High School. Students are heavily involved in giving back to the community and helping those in need. Charitable events are held to benefit cancer victims, donations are collected for social services to help needy families during the holidays, theatrical performances featuring special needs children are produced by students in the Sharing the Arts Program, and an Asian Festival Benefit Performance is conducted annually by students with all proceeds contributed to Doctors Without Borders. These are just a few of the ways students at all levels at the high school give their time to help others.

Ridgewood High School is a school that strives to “maximize the unique potential of every learner.” With a proud tradition of learning, the faculty and staff have dedicated themselves to preparing the students of today to become aware and successful global citizens of tomorrow. Please visit our website at http://ridgewood.rhs.schoolfusion.us/ for more information and highlights.

Thomas A. Gorman, Ed.D.
(201) 670-2800