Office of the Superintendent
Message from Deborah Low, Superintendent of Schools
Welcome to the Ridgefield Public Schools. Our district is committed to educational excellence in partnership with the community. It is my honor and privilege to serve as Superintendent of Schools. We serve 5,211 (2012-13) starting with our youngest learners in our pre-school program through our seniors in high school. Our system consists of one pre-school, six K-5 elementary schools, two middle schools, a comprehensive high school, and a small alternative high school. Our exemplary faculty and staff members are dedicated to meeting the needs of students and expert in their content areas. The skill and commitment of our teachers serve as the basis for the excellent reputation of the Ridgefield Public Schools.
At the pre-school and elementary levels, we focus on building a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy in a nurturing, age-appropriate, and exciting environment that instills the love of learning. In addition to the literacy and math blocks of instruction, art, music, science, social studies, library, technology, and physical education are integral parts of the school week. Our elementary program fosters character and social development through a program of daily, explicit, and systematic activities.
The middle schools are based on a team model. Students are assigned, by grade level, to a team and they share the same group of academic teachers. The team model meets the developmental needs of middle school students through excellent academic instruction, individual attention, interdisciplinary projects, and school and community service opportunities. World language instruction begins in grade six and art, music, physical education, health, and family/consumer science augment the curriculum. Character and social development continue to be emphasized through organized programs.
The high school offers a world of exciting and rigorous academic options in a range of disciplines. A team of guidance counselors helps students select courses that provide challenge, reflect individual interests, fulfill graduation requirements, and prepare for post-secondary plans. Students are encouraged to explore the disciplines and develop their talents and skills from the sciences to the fine and performing arts. Co-curricular activities include a comprehensive athletic program and a wide range of clubs and community service options.
Our mission is to develop twenty-first century learners in a nurturing and supportive environment. Approximately 90% of our graduates attend four-year colleges.
In addition to our skilled faculty and staff, the Ridgefield Public Schools are successful because of the partnership with the community. Parents are actively involved in the schools at all levels and contribute to their vibrancy through hundreds of volunteer hours in many different settings, sponsoring special projects, and raising funds to enhance programs. Parents also rally community support for the schools.
The Ridgefield Board of Education steers the course for the school system. Nine elected Board members hold regular public meetings to determine annual priorities, consider long range planning recommendations, address school and community issues, discuss and approve new programs, set district policies, communicate with the public about school issues, and develop an annual budget to recommend to the Town. The time, effort, and focus of the Board members reflect their dedication to the children of Ridgefield.
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