Philosophy of Teaching and Learning

Ridgewood is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory school for students Pre K-8.  Our Mission is to create a vibrant and personalized learning environment that cultivates the intellect, creativity, and character of our students. Graduates are prepared to excel in learning, achieve in life, and engage the global community.

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 strengths and interests, and develop their critical reasoning skills. In our Pre-K, we engage students with a well-rounded, child-centered, differentiated approach to education. Beginning in Kindergarten, we lay the foundation for our rigorous college preparatory curriculum that follows in grades 1-8. As a result, Ridgewood graduates are confident and well-prepared for the demands of high school, college, and their futures.

Our college preparatory program balances an award-winning STEM curriculum with exciting opportunities in the visual and performing arts, foreign language education, service-learning and an emphasis on oral and written communication. Student learning takes place in the classroom and in extra-curricular programs such as Science Club, Makerspace, Power of the Pen, and the winter musical where students are actively involved in performing and all aspects of behind the scenes production. The Ridgewood program encourages creativity, collaboration, and community engagement while preparing students for 21st-century problem solving.

As important to Ridgewood as its pedagogy is its community. We believe that a strong community of learners is one in which students learn and grow with each other and from each other, building a strong appreciation for teamwork and collaboration. Our community not only honors, but celebrates its diversity, and strongly values social justice and community service. In these ways we prepare our students to be the next generation of citizens and leaders.

Finally, Ridgewood is committed to the social and emotional growth of its students through intentional character education. With our traditions such as Morning Assembly, Citizen of the Month, community service, student mentorship, and school-wide celebrations of diversity, we are nurturing not only the intellect of our students, but their character as well.

Board approved January 17, 2019