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The Jane P.B. and Peter Hollenbeck Preschool

For nearly a century, Ridgewood School has been at the forefront of quality education in our community. This hallmark defines our new preschool as well.

Come meet our highly qualified staff and tour our expanded facilities. Allow us the chance to convince you that true learning can’t be confined solely to a classroom setting. In that regard, our ‘little school in the woods’ is housed on a five-acre campus equipped with a wooded land lab, spacious playground, a learning garden, and an outdoor theater space.

Led by Mrs. Gail Suzel, our preschool program offers a developmentally appropriate, individualized curriculum that is project-based, with student direction and teacher facilitation. It is presented in an environment that encourages discovery and exploration, and occurs in a playful surrounding where children can develop meaningful relationships with peers and adults. It is through these means that we spark the lifelong love of learning.

Become a part of our future. Become a part of the Ridgewood family, where diversity and effort are valued and the act of learning is revered. Our new Jane P.B. and Peter Hollenbeck Preschool is available five days a week, with both half-day and full-day options.


To learn more about our Preschool or to arrange a visit, call us at 937-399-8900.


Preschool Staff


Gail Suzel 

Preschool Director/Lead Teacher


Eric Tyler Barga

Preschool Teacher


Christina Crose


“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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