The Admissions Process

Prospective students and families interested in enrolling at Ridgewood School will find our Admissions Process to be a smooth transition. The very first step is to call our Admissions Office at 937-399-8900 to request an Admissions packet, and to schedule a school visit. You may also access these forms online.

Following your school visit, please fill out the Admission Application, and return it to the school with the accompanying $50 application fee. At that time, we will arrange a testing date.

Each child seeking admission to Ridgewood is tested using either the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE, entering grades 2-8), or the Admissions Assessment for Beginning Learners (AABL, grades K-1). This will give us an indicator of grade readiness. This test usually takes about an hour to administer. Your child should not feel pressured as it is primarily an indicator of strengths and weaknesses which will help our teachers best formulate a plan for your child’s educational future. It will also indicate if a student is or is not ready to advance to the Ridgewood curriculum. The testing fee is paid directly to ERB, the testing provider, and is non-refundable.

Our Head of School then conducts a family interview to discuss testing results and have the opportunity to meet you. In addition, a “shadow day” may be recommended for students transferring from another school.

Once a student is accepted for admission by the Head of School, a registration form must be completed. The non-refundable registration fee for new students is $100, which is less than many other private schools, and will be applied to the family account. At that time, you may also apply for financial aid.

Admission/Registration Fees

Application Fee: $50
Testing Fee: $65–100 (paid directly to ERB)
New Student Non-refundable Registration Fee: $100
Financial Aid Application Fee: $42 (needed only if you plan to apply for financial aid, and paid directly to SSS by NAIS)