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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Ridge High School is a top rated, public school located in Basking Ridge, NJ. It has 1,861 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 74% of students are at least proficient in math and 80% in reading.
Address
268 So Finley Ave
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Telephone
(908) 204-2585
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Ridge High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
80%
Percent Proficient - Math
74%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1330
411 responses
Average ACT
29
238 responses
AP Enrollment
33%

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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Median Household Income
$137,855
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,047
National
$949
Median Home Value
$671,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
96%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 66 responses
Report
  • Mr. Ridge
    20%
  • Student-Faculty Volleyball Game
    15%
  • Football games
    15%
  • Pep Rally/Homecoming
    15%
  • Spirit Week
    11%
  • Musicals
    9%
  • Senior Prom
    6%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,861
Free or Reduced Lunch
2%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.25 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.25 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.25 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,722
Teachers in First/Second Year
25.3%
51%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.35 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.35 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.35 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$17,979/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.32 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.32 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.32 responses
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Overrated. Guidance does not get to know your kid. Principal pretends to listen to your concerns but does nothing unless the parent had a big mouth and clout. He promised a follow up and it never happened. The really good teachers are not appreciated...and they are outnumbered by mediocre and poor ones who have no clue. My kid has spent many a night teaching herself topics, but that, in turn, has taught her independence. Sports teams are almost always predetermined and tryouts are just for show. There are a lot of conflicts of interest but don't complain or you'll be kicked out of the room. The building and campus are poorly laid out with only one accessible road. Otherwise Kids walk through muddy/ goose poop fields to get to the building. Focus seems to be on school ratings and test scores...should I go on?? On the plus side...kids seem ready for college but they don't have study skills because Rudge doesn't give finals.
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Ridge is definitely one of the more prestigious public high schools out there. From its academics, to sports, to extracurricular activities of every type, this school and its people always strive for excellence. I honestly do not think I could have been better prepared for college applications and with all of the opportunities to give back to the community available for students, my resume has never looked better. The students and teachers there are all wonderful, dedicated, and talented individuals. The only problem that I could say about the school is that with the prestige that it has earned itself from its reputation, there also comes a lot of pressure, specifically on students, to succeed, which has proven to be detrimental to the mental and physical health of students there, and while it is being addressed in recent years, remains to be a consistent problem within the student body.
Ridge High School is competitive public school. Students are competitive with each other in academics, sports, chorus, color guard, etc. Ridge is known for its excellent education and athletics.

There are plenty and variety of clubs and activities students can join/participate in.

The academic guidance counselor are extremely helpful with the college application process. In the winter of junior year, there will be an assemble on how to prepare for college applications. They explain to students that they should create a list of colleges they wish to attend, prepare for the SAT and ACT, and maintain good grades. Later in the school year, the guidance counselors will have meetings with every junior to see where they are in the process. At the end of junior year, students will have to fill out a Senior Packet and choose teachers who might write a letter of recommendation about the student(s).