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About This School

Ridgecrest Elementary School is a public elementary school in Chillum. The principal of Ridgecrest Elementary School is Denise Dunn and can be contacted at denise.dunn@pgcps.org. 750 students go to Ridgecrest Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 46% of the Ridgecrest Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 88% of the 750 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ridgecrest Elementary School is 13:1. George E Peters Adventist School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Drawing painting
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 62% 19%
Black, non-Hispanic 37% 73%
White, non-Hispanic 1.0% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.4%
Multiracial 0.2% %
Asian 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 88% 47%
Limited English proficiency 46% 10%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    I visited Ridgecrest today as it is the assigned school for our neighborhood. I was able to meet with the principal and she gave me a tour of the school. It is an old school so the outside is a little run down but the inside was very nice. I was also happy to see how pleasant and engaged the kids are. The principal is a no nonsense type; however the kids genuinely like her and she was very interested in what they were doing. She also gave a detailed explanation of test scores and I will say I was amazed. I was considering private school but after my meeting I will have no problem sending my child to this school.

  • (5 months ago)

    I was assigned to the principalship of Ridegcrest ES in June 2011 and have since taken measures to engage our staff parents and community in supporting our students as they grow to become productive members of our society. We are the Ridgecrest Rockets and we are "Blasting off to High Achievement".... I invite members of the community to stop by and observe our Rockets in action. You may even experience our teachers in the Mission Control Center as they colllabrorate and share best practices.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a school that does NOT should not be recomended to any parent to have kids at the teachers and principal don t try to help the kids or the parents at all. there is no involment or comunication from teachers to parents. my Son was in the p-k while my daugther in the second grade and the teacher instead of calling me she would tell my daugther what was going on with my son SAD i know not even a call or an e-mail. glad my Kids are not in this school NO more

  • (4 years ago)

    Don't consider this school for your child. I wish I had read these reviews before considering this school. Thankfully I have my daughter in another school. Zero relation with parents. Close this school or change the entire staff- beginning with principal.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is not a place to send your child - the principal and teachers are not supportive. Find another school for your child.

  • (5 years ago)

    Administration have less regard for parents and in the process students become the victims. This school needs a complete revamp- from up to down.

  • (5 years ago)

    i wiuld say that ridgecrest is an ok school but they could atleast have a better playground and better equipment. their arent many good actities and the teahers staff and principal are neglectful to students so this school isnt too great and its not a pocket full of sunshine at all not even close lots of studen have been transferred too

  • (5 years ago)

    In the past 2 years Ridegecrest has let the subpar teachers go so the faculty is hardly recognizable anymore. All teachers are now highly qualified and there is a new principal. Time will tell how the change affects school scores but it is a step in the right direction.

  • (8 years ago)

    Although I have been associated with this school for many years I am increasingly dissappointed with the school. The principal was trying but the past few years they have had a series of vice-principals and the lastest one is abysmal and unfair to students and teachers alike. There are no extracurricular activities and very little parent involvemnet. There are many good teachers there who seem to be overwhelmed with the lack of leadership. There is no art at all music is not suppoerted by the administration and teaching to the test seems the norm. I cannot reveal my email address because I am afraid of the repercussions my children may have.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter has been at Ridgcrest since she was 3 and I would have her no other place-I love the cultured environment and she has done well under the instruction of all her teachers.

  • (8 years ago)

    The homework is very easy--Seems like the work is given from a CVS preschool booklet.. Some of the staff are more concerned with staff than the parents of the children. There is a delayed communication of school events...usually given a day or two notice. I once asked a permanent teacher about the date of the next PTA meeting and her response was...'I'm sorry could you double check the proncipal's office I have no idea since I never keep up with those dates anyway'. My son still attends he loves his teacher and has made plenty of friends.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is not up to par at all. The children are out of control the staff is not at the level it needs to be and it's over crowded. The homework is too easy and the children are behind in receiving the work at the level they are in. I am truly disgusted. dismal.

  • (9 years ago)

    The complete lack of consideration for concerned parents who want to be involved in the education of their children is absolutely appalling. Unfortunately even going to the principal of the school doesn't help. Dismal.

  • (10 years ago)

    Hi was pupil at this school back in the 60's It was a great school and I remember with great fondness Mrs Mills Mr Golihew Miss Erickson and other teachers. I was a pupil there for three years as my father worked for the British Embassy. Could you please tell me whether you have an on line photo I could show my children. Is Mrs Mills still alive would you know? I still have a letter she wrote to me 40 years ago when I left thanking me for a leaving present I gave her.

  • (10 years ago)

    The lack of leadership at this school defines the entire environment and overall feeling.

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