Philosophy of Teaching and Learning

Ridgewood School is a small, progressive school for students in grades K-8, with an innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) curriculum, preparing students for achievement, leadership, and service.

Ridgewood begins with a child-centered approach to education, including differentiated instruction and developmentally-appropriate discovery. We believe that learning is an active process in which students, teachers, and families are all engaged, one in which students are encouraged to explore their own strengths and weakness, and develop their own self-awareness.

We have developed a hands-on, inquiry-based, cross-curricular, and often project-based pedagogy, utilizing opportunities for immersion in both the natural environment and innovative technologies. As a result, Ridgewood students are motivated intrinsically and eager to explore their worlds to a deeper extent.