Ridgefield Academy

Ridgefield Academy Photo #1 - At RA, imaginations flourish and academic excellence takes root. Here, the dreamers of today become the thinkers of tomorrow.
Ridgefield Academy Photo #2 - Ridgefield Academy's visual and performing arts curriculum encourages students to express their creativity and stretch their imaginations in a wide variety of activities designed to build confidence and promote personal growth and discovery.
Ridgefield Academy Photo #3 - Individualized teaching instruction in a challenging and supportive environment allows our students to take risks, question the world around them, and become strong, independent thinkers.
Ridgefield Academy Photo #4 - The Bridge is Ridgefield Academy's high-tech digital arts facility. Projects in The Bridge are designed to be cross-curricular and work in coordination with history, science, literature and world language lessons. A computer lab offers students programs including Photoshop, Garageband, and Final Cut Pro.
Ridgefield Academy Photo #5 - Every K-Grade 8 student enjoys multiple science classes per week, many focusing on STEM.
Ridgefield Academy Photo #6 - Our physical education and competitive athletics programs promote fitness, good sportsmanship, and teamwork. Students in grades 6 - 8 are required to participate in one of our many sports offerings each of the three seasons.
Ridgefield Academy Photo #7 - Our preschool, Landmark Preschool, offers a full-day program for 2 - 4 year old children. Our preschool teachers provide an introduction to academics through play-based activities.
Ridgefield Academy Photo #8 - Our state-of-the-art Kitchen Lab allows students to explore math, science, and nutrition through the art of cooking.
Ridgefield Academy Photo #9 - Our 42 acre campus offers some of the best views in Fairfield and Westchester Counties! Our faculty use these spectacular grounds as an extension of their classroom.
Ridgefield Academy Photo #10 - Students begin learning early on how to compose well constructed essays and public speaking skills. On graduation from Grade 8, they deliver remarks with confidence and poise.
Ridgefield Academy is a Preschool - Grade 8 program by design.
The school offers substantive academics that foster joyful learning within a supportive and vibrant learning community.
Each RA student benefits from small class sizes, individual attention, and a culture that encourages them to take risks and find their voice. An intellectually inspiring curriculum ensures that students engage in learning that is both comprehensive and meaningful to their lives.
At RA, your child will benefit from teachers and curriculum that are positioned to deliver in any learning scenario.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1975
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students448 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(khaki, white and navy)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Tuition NotesRange: 29,120-42,465
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$13,791
Admissions DirectorDavid Suter
Admissions AssociateJulie Alzapiedi
Endowment Size$10 million


Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFencing,
Field HockeyFlag Football,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Arts, Athletics, cooking, etc., STEM

School Notes

Ridgefield Academy is a Preschool - Grade 8 program by design. The school offers substantive academics that foster joyful learning within a supportive and vibrant learning community.   Small class sizes, individual attention, and a culture that encourages students to take risks and speak their mind promise that each student is seen, understood, and encouraged to rise to their best self.   An active and meaningful Kindergarten and Grade 8 buddy program, robust school-wide service learning activities, and grade 6-8 interdisciplinary weeks offer examples of a program designed with intentional connectedness.  Guided by its Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, RA`s intellectually inspiring curriculum ensures that students engage in learning that is both comprehensive and meaningful to their lives. Students find the power of their voices during class discussions, collaboration with their peers, and public speaking.   At every age, RA students build a strong foundation as authentically self-assured individuals who have a strong sense of self, love to learn, and move forward without fear. They graduate prepared for success in even the most challenging high school programs and beyond.   Rest assured, your child will learn this year. Whether class happens in person, remote or a through hybrid of both, Ridgefield Academy can assure you:  
  • Your child will be inspired and challenged to learn from a skilled teacher who has prepared to teach in any scenario
  • Your child`s social and emotional well-being will be supported in tandem with their academic growth.
  • New technology allows students to learn from home while engaging in classroom activities
Westchester and Fairfield County families enjoy easy access to our beautiful 42-acre campus. Busing of New York students is free within 15 miles of campus. Nurture the wonder of becoming for your child at Ridgefield Academy.

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Ridgefield Academy reaches every student at his or her level and offers an integrated curriculum that fosters critical thinking skills, collaboration, and public speaking. The teachers are caring and supportive, and the culture is wonderfully warm. What a great place for a child to develop not only great skills, but confidence!! So happy we found RA!
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