Ridgewood Prep School

201 Pasadena Avenue
Metairie, LA 70001-0700
     Tel: (504)835-2545
Grades: PK - 12 | 332 students
Ridgewood is located in the New Orleans Metro Area. Grades PreK-12. Every day is
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Ridgewood is located in the New Orleans Metro Area. Grades PreK-12. Every day is
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Ridgewood is attended by students from all over the New Orleans metropolitan area. Our students come from six parishes and have one thing in common, the desire to be in a good strong school.
Ridgewood's 4-acre campus includes air-conditioned classroom buildings, a gymnasium-auditorium, a fully equipped computer room, science laboratory, art studio, library, band room, seminar room, lunch room, and more than an acre of open play area.
Ridgewood's library is an exciting, vibrant place, a center of activity.  All grades participate in library instruction and enjoy the stimulating atmosphere. The library holds 17,000 volumes!
Ridgewood students are involved in many sports activities and have the opportunity to take band, speech, and  individual instruction in piano and string instrument (guitar and violin).
Ridgewood provides a total education. We accomplish this with enthusiastic professionals, a comfortable and private campus environment, and a traditional, well-grounded approach to education.
Ridgewood encourages participation in a variety of activities that help prepare students for life's challenges. Our students are the best part of our entire Golden Eagles family!
Ridgewood's parents are involved and enjoy many family events throughout the year such as concerts, spring fairs, family fish fry night, family spaghetti night, book fairs, golf tournament, grandparents and special friends day, and more!
Ridgewood Prep School Grades PreK-12.
Now registering new students for the 2015-2016 school session.
Space is limited so apply today. (504) 835-2545
Ridgewood was founded in 1948 and is located on four acres in Metairie, LA (within the New Orleans metro area).
We are approved by the State Department of Education and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS CASI).
Ridgewood attracts students from the entire New Orleans metropolitan area, six parishes, and many nations around the world.
Our diverse cultural setting promotes awareness, respect and enhances the social development of our students.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Year Founded 1948

Student Body

Total Students 332 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 10%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Ridgewood Prep School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 31 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 65%
Average Class Size 17 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Calculus, Chemistry, Fine Arts Survey, Physical Science, Physics, Western Civilization, 
Average SAT score 1080
Average ACT score 23
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Boys- folded collar shirt, Girls- modest, No message clothing)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $5,800
Tuition Notes Tuition averages: Primary school- $5,400; Middle school- $5,800; High school- $6,300 for the year.
Acceptance Rate 70%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Susan Schenken


Total Sports Offered 9 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
SoftballTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Band, Beta Club, Chess Club, Computer Club, Fellowship of Christian Students, Key Club, Library Club, Peer Helpers, School Newspaper, Science Olympiad, Student Council, Yearbook Band, Beta Club, Chess Club, Computer Club, Key Club, Library Club, Peer Helpers, Yearbook, Fellowship of Christian Students,
School Newspaper,
Science Olympiad,
Student Council,

School Notes:

Ridgewood Prep School has grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12, and a Before and After School Care Program. Ridgewood was founded in 1948 and is located on four acres in Metairie, LA (within the New Orleans metro area). We are approved by the State Department of Education and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS CASI).

Ridgewood is a small school with many of the offerings found in larger schools. We are dedicated to a single mission: preparing students for higher education. We accomplish this with enthusiastic professionals, a comfortable and private campus environment, and a traditional, well-grounded approach to education. Each child's education is provided in a safe and caring environment. Our faculty focuses on fulfillment of goals like growth in intellectual skills; awareness of physical and social environments; deepened appreciation of aesthetics, philosophy, and religion; and responsible participation in home, school, and community.

We are organized as a primary school, middle school, and high school. The school year consists of two semesters, each divided into three grading periods.  Our philosophy is to provide a total education to help form the complete individual. We offer a challenging curriculum in a comfortable and caring environment that helps students become academically prepared and strong in character.

Ridgewood attracts students from the entire New Orleans metropolitan area, six parishes, and many nations around the world. Our diverse cultural setting promotes awareness, respect and enhances the social development of our students.

Please visit our website to learn more about us at ridgewoodprep.com.

Profile last updated: 05/10/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is St. Martin's Episcopal School (1.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is St Christopher (0.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is St Christopher (0.2 miles away)
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    MetairieLA 70001
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    MetairieLA 70001
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    1 mi | Gr. PK-7 | 422 students                      
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    1801 Division Street
    MetairieLA 70001
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    1 mi | Gr. NS-7 | 239 students                      
  • Metairie
    225 Green Acres Rd.
    MetairieLA 70003
    1.1 mi | Gr. PK-12 | 513 students                      
  • Metairie
    Archbishop Rummel High School
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    1901 Severn Ave
    MetairieLA 70001
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    1.2 mi | Gr. 8-12 | 744 students                      

School Reviews

0 days ago
Just enrolled my grandson for the fall! Our son graduated from Ridgewood. He went there in elementary school for several years, but one year we put him in a public school for financial reasons. After one year in public school we re-budgeted so we could put him back at Ridgewood! In public school, not only was their curriculum far inferior to Ridgewood, but he also did not get personal attention and was not challenged. Nothing was worth more than a good education for our son so thank goodness we put him back. Ridgewood really is fantastic, it's small enough so kids get personal attention. Talking to the other parents, they say Ridgewood is the best kept secret and they are right. Ridgewood definitely expects and demands the best from their students, in a positive way! The teachers and administration were unbelievable, they personally knew who we were, not just our son, and they made us feel like we were part of one big family. They knew all about our son, his strengths, his character, and his academic performance. We knew he wasn't just a number to them. We were always pleasantly surprised whenever we got calls from teachers and Mr. Montgomery asking for a conference so they could discuss my son's performance. Once all of his teachers met with us at the same time and it was heartwarming to hear each speak specifically about our son, his strengths and weaknesses, and give us guidance to help him succeed in school work and extra-curricular activities. Yes, we made the right decision, our son is very successful, has a strong character, and of course now we are looking forward to our grandson's years at Ridgewood and being back with our "family". Thanks to Mr. Montgomery, Mr. Calix, Jeanne Stropolo, and the entire staff at Ridgewood for everything you do!
- Posted by Parent
3 weeks ago
All 3 of my kids graduated from Ridgewood and are very successful as a result I feel. Having small classes and the individualized attention including after school help from teachers makes for a successful student. Ridgewood is a well planned out curriculum that gives kids confidence and tools for a successful future. I liked that the headmaster graduated from Jesuit here in New Orleans and Loyola. He's been there for well over 50 years and that kind of leadership doesn't get any better. I cannot praise this school enough. AM very thankful for what it gave my kids. I HIGHLY recommend.
- Posted by Parent
2 months ago
My daughter graduated from Ridgewood after attending all 14 years there and my son is a sophomore after starting for pre-k also. I couldn't be happier about the outstanding education they received and how prepared they are for college. The small classes are an advantage that you won't get at any catholic school. My kids have friends from all ethnic backgrounds.
- Posted by Parent
3 months ago
My daughter is a senior at Ridgewood and is sad to be leaving. She said it's like leaving family. Ridgewood offered a disciplined structure, which children need at home and school, and she genuinely likes her teachers. One thing that has stood out for me as a parent of a student that also attended a public school, is that Ridgewood's teachers, you can tell, genuinely care about their student's progress. They're strict, but not punitive. One of the highlights of the year again this year was the recent International Day, which the students LOVE and which parents get involved in bringing dishes representative of different cultures, etc.. I guess if I had to sum it up, I would say it's offered a very well-rounded education for my daughter and I'm thankful I sent her there.
- Posted by Parent
3 months ago
I graduated from Ridgewood years ago and sent my daughters there. We all have such fond memories of the time we spent there. My girls enjoyed the band, sports, the football games and the international day festivities. I appreciated the individual attention they got from the faculty. I loved that they were in a school where they did not get lost in the crowd. I would recommend it. Kids will get a top notch education and will definitely be ready for college.
- Posted by Student/Alumni
3 months ago
My three children have attended Ridgewood for seven years and counting. They are receiving a solid education that will prepare them well for college. My daughter just scored 30 on her ACT and is attending State Rally for the second time. The academics are based in classic principals of study which my children have embraced at all levels. There is a strong emphasis on writing - in all subjects - and the ability to articulate your thoughts effectively and persuasively. They have a sense of autonomy and responsibility with their studies. And socially, Ridgewood has helped them develop respect for fellow students (of all races, religions and persuasions) and for themselves as well. The leadership at Ridgewood is second to none.
- Posted by Parent
3 months ago
Our grandson is in kindergarten at Ridgewood and we could not be happier with his progress or the school. There are 17 in his class which allows for individualized attention. I like that the school still has an arts program and music is mandatory in elememtary school. I also like the no uniform policy which allows students to embrace their individuality. The only drawback for us is our grandson is a picky eater and the school does not have a traditional cafeteria that serves food. They can purchase sandwiches, pizza, or hot pockets or bring their lunches. It is a minor inconvenience. We coudn''t be happier with Ridgewood and the wonderful faculty and staff at the school.
- Posted by Parent

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