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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Ridgefield High School is a top rated, public school located in Ridgefield, CT. It has 1,666 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 78% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.
Address
700 North Salem Rd
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Telephone
(203) 438-3785
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Ridgefield High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
78%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1290
588 responses
Average ACT
30
208 responses
AP Enrollment
37%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$151,399
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,601
National
$949
Median Home Value
$671,700
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
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.33 responses
Poll
61%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.33 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 71 responses
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  • Homecoming, basketball and football games
    23%
  • Prom
    21%
  • Spirit Week
    20%
  • After school clubs
    10%
  • The spring musical!
    10%
  • Science Symposium, NHS Events, Dances
    3%
  • Student government
    3%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,666
Free or Reduced Lunch
2%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.34 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.34 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.34 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$80,129
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.4%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.55 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.55 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.55 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$19,921/ year
National
$12,239
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.61 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.61 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.61 responses
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I loved Ridgefield High School, and I I will always remember my high school years as some of the most important and memorable years in my life! Virtually all the faculty at RHS are so knowledgeable about the subjects they teach, and they are always willing to offer some help. For example, I had some trouble in math during my junior year at RHS, so I contacted my teacher and she offered for me to come in and see her for extra help, so I saw her a few times after school, and I got an A on the exam the next week! This is just one example of how caring the RHS faculty was, and still is! The faculty—and truthfully, everyone at the school—just cares so much about the environment and everything they are doing, and it really is a wonderful place. The only thing I wish were better is the food. During my four years, the food seemed to get progressively worse. I believe this was due to budget cuts, but the food was just not very good by my senior year. Overall, though, RHS was just great!
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The academics were really good (if you're on the right track), but the culture is pretty bad. Students are driven to the ground because they're pressured by the community to overextend themselves with APs and extracurriculars. Mental health takes a serious toll from this, and everyone just kind of swept that under the rug. If you're on the AP/Honors track you'll get good teachers and a solid educational experience, but otherwise you get worse teachers and fewer resources (which is arguably where they need them the most). It seemed like the special ed program was isolated, the only time the rest of the student body really saw kids in speced was when they were doing janitorial work like emptying garbage
Our overall experience as a family of 3 children who have gone through Ridgefield High School is mixed. Most of the teachers are highly qualified and provide a rigorous learning experience for their students. But that has come with an expense. The students are overburdened with homework. Today, with the competition to get into college students must be involved with after school activities, athletics, volunteering, and jobs. So when 2 hours or more of homework is added, the kids are stressed. They start their day at 7:25am and my children were usually not home until 12 or 13 hours later with after school sports practice and homework. There is very little diversity within the student body which limits their experience and understanding of other people other than themselves.