The Admissions Process

Prospective students and families interested in enrolling at Ridgewood School will find our Admissions Process to be simple and straightforward. 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). These tests usually take about an hour to administer, and provide us with an indicator of grade readiness. Your child should not feel pressured as these are primarily indicators of strengths and weaknesses which will help our teachers best formulate a plan for your child’s educational future. They 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.

When the Head of School receives the test results she will schedule a meeting with the family to discuss the results. 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 student’s tuition . At that time, you may also apply for financial aid.

Admission/Registration Fees

Application Fee: $50
Testing Fee: $65 (K and 1st) or $120 (2nd through 8th)
New Student Non-refundable Registration Fee: $100
Financial Aid Application Fee: $51  (only if you plan to apply for financial aid through School and Student Services by the National Association of Independent School.)