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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Ridgewood's
Commitment

Ridgewood is committed to creating a learning environment that “celebrates diversity,” “fosters respect,” and “expects integrity.” Its drive towards equity, diversity, and inclusion is intentional.  Ridgewood strives to achieve a diverse student population that crosses socio-economic, cultural, racial, and sectarian boundaries and includes myriad individual life experiences.

 

Furthermore, education at Ridgewood embodies a belief in the dignity of each individual and teaching children to understand different perspectives, the importance of historical viewpoint, and the existence of individual and group bias. Ridgewood prepares students to participate responsibly as citizens of a global community that struggles with issues of truth, justice, fairness, and equality. It is our faculty who exemplify and instill these values in our students.

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At a Glance
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STATEMENT

Diversity

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Equity

Inclusion

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History
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Geographic Diversity

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Racial and Cultural Diversity

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Today the Ridgewood School family is culturally, racially, geographically, and economically diverse.

White: 57.7%            

Multiracial:  16.1%              

Asian:   12.0%

Black:     9.4%              

Middle Eastern:  3.4%            

Hispanic:  1.3%

 

Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu religions are represented in our Ridgewood families. Thirteen percent of our student body is second-generation Americans.  These students live within two cultures, that of their parents’ homeland and that of the U.S.A. Ridgewood’s Multi-Cultural Night is a popular, annual celebration of the Ridgewood family’s cultural diversity.  Students present research they’ve conducted regarding various countries, perform songs and dances from other cultures, exhibit art that is inspired by other cultures, and some, with their parents, dress in their homeland’s clothing.  A highlight of the evening is the old-fashioned potluck that features numerous ethnic dishes.

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Economic Diversity

Tuition Assistance

To understand the economic diversity of Ridgewood families, we can break the student body into three cohorts, students whose families pay full tuition, students whose families take advantage of Ohio’s Ed Choice voucher program and pay the difference between what the voucher pays and the cost of tuition, and families who are unable to pay above what the voucher covers.  A Ridgewood tuition is $8,300; Ohio Ed Choice pays $6,135.  Thirty-nine percent of our students’ tuitions will be paid in full by their families.  One-third of our students come from low-income families. Ridgewood’s tuition revenue for 2023-2024 will be $144,000 less than what it would be if all families paid full tuition.

           

When publicizing its values, Ridgewood states that it creates a learning environment that “celebrates diversity,” “fosters respect,” and “expects integrity.” Its drive towards equity, diversity, and inclusion is intentional.  Ridgewood strives to achieve a diverse student population that crosses socio-economic, cultural, racial, and sectarian boundaries and includes myriad individual life experiences. Furthermore, education at Ridgewood embodies a belief in the dignity of each individual and teaching children to understand different perspectives, the importance of historical viewpoint, and the existence of individual and group bias. Ridgewood prepares students to participate responsibly as citizens of a global community that struggles with issues of truth, justice, fairness, and equality. It is our faculty who exemplify and instill these values in our students.

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“I have to say in all honesty that Ridgewood has given our children everything we wanted and more. It is a safe and loving environment that has helped our children blossom and develop beautifully. The teachers and staff of Ridgewood School have played a very important role in our children’s lives, and we truly appreciate all of them.”

– Sangita Nezhad, Ridgewood parent, 2010

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