The Admissions Process

Prospective students and families interested in enrolling at Ridgewood School will find our Admissions Process to be simple and straightforward. Call and schedule your visit today.

Following your school visit, please fill out the Admission Application online here, which will include the $60 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 Ridgewood School’s Admission Test for grades K-1. These tests 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 to Ridgewood School, 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 all students is $200, 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: $60
Testing Fee: $65 (K and 1st) or $140 (2nd through 8th)
Non-refundable Registration Deposit: $200 for all students
Financial Aid Application Fee: $55 (only if you plan to apply for financial aid through School and Student Services by the National Association of Independent School.)