Ridgefield Public Schools
Our shared purpose is to provide highly engaging, relevant and personalized learning
for ALL members of the community

Welcome to Our district

There's nothing we enjoy more than sharing the good news about our wonderful students and staff members. And we have a lot of great things to share! Read all about student and faculty awards and accomplishments, past happenings, upcoming events, and so much more.

2018-2019 Budget Update

The Board of Finance (BOF) reduced the BOE budget to a 2.55% increase vs. the 3.73% requested. This represents a reduction of $1,089,551 from the BOE approved FY 2018-2019 budget and puts the education budget at $95,000,000. The Board of Education reviewed potential budget reductions with the Acting Superintendent at the April 16 BOE Special Meeting. Further discussion and a vote on the reductions are expected at the April 23 meeting. We are happy to report that health care cost projections have been considerably reduced. The BOE will now be working to find $532,155 in reductions. 

We have collected the following documents to keep you informed as this important community work moves forward.

All previous budget documents and presentations are archived on the Board of Education page.

A Day in the District: The Morning Meeting

Building A Classroom Community Day by Day

We bring you into the classroom for another great day in the district! This month, Scotland Elementary’s teacher ambassador, Elizabeth Abrantes, and her students invited us to share in their daily morning meeting. It is one of the four key practices of the Responsive Classroom approach utilized by all of our elementary schools. Each teacher and each class will have their own unique experience, but the four main ingredients are the same: a greeting, a sharing, an activity, and a thought for the day.

Watch the video, and view a bonus video!

Leadership Insights with Principal Joanna Genovese of Scotland Elementary School

The Responsive Classroom

Having joined the Ridgefield Public Schools in the 2016-2017 school year as principal of Scotland Elementary School, Joanna Genovese quickly recognized the talent of her staff, the support parents were eager to offer, and the strength that this collaboration brings to the SES school community. Add the clarity of the mission and vision of the graduate and her path was evident. Continue to build the scope of support for the Responsive Classroom approach and empower the talented team with ongoing training and scheduled time in the day to build community. Via the Responsive Classroom practices that develop social and emotional capacity, SES, and all of our elementary schools, work daily to establish a safe and supportive learning environment.

Watch our video featuring Ms. Genovese and highlights of a sweet school-wide meeting run by the first grade students, and learn more about Responsive Classroom!

BOE Presentations

Our Board of Education page contains archives of BOE minutes, agendas, and packets. For your convenience, after each BOE meeting, we will also post the most recent district presentations here on our News page. 

Connecticut PTA Outstanding High School Principal for 2018

On behalf of the Ridgefield Public School District, we extend congratulations to Ridgefield High School (RHS) principal, Dr. Stacey Gross, for being named the Connecticut PTA’s 2018 Outstanding High School Principal as part of the Connecticut PTA Outstanding Administrator Awards. We invite you to read this March 27 press release to learn more. Congratulations Dr. Gross!

RPS April Calendar Highlights

Wishing everyone a happy spring as we move into April and our spring recess!

  • April 6: Early Release/Professional Development Day
  • April 9-13: Spring Recess (schools closed/offices open)
  • April 16: BOE Meeting
  • April 23: BOE Meeting

The full district calendar can be viewed on our website.

We have added our 2017-2018 emergency closing calendar plan to our website and will continue to update to reflect changes to the last day of school.

Standardized Testing Schedule

This year’s state standardized testing program includes Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment, the SAT, and NGSS Field Test. We are also administering the PSAT 8/9 during the testing window. Students in grades 3-8, as well as grades 9 and 11, are participants in these assessments. Please see our spring standardized testing schedule for testing grades, dates, and windows.

Miller's Minutes - A Twitter Based Report From The BOE Meetings

Do you want to know what is happening at our Board of Education meetings?

We know you are busy, so new this year we offer Miller’s Minutes. This column is a log of tweets from the BOE meetings and called Miller's Minutes as they were written by Dr. Robert Miller in the past. These are not official minutes of our BOE meetings, as those need to be voted on by the board, and then posted on the BOE page. We thought you would appreciate the brevity and timeliness that our Twitter feed offers.

So please take a few minutes and read Miller’s Minutes, updated every week after a BOE meeting. 

Want more info? We offer a live feed of each meeting, live posts on social media, and archive footage, minutes, packets and agendas all on our BOE page