Ridgeway High School

2009 Ridgeway Road, Memphis, TN 38119
(901) 416-8820

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Public Grades 9-12 1219 students 20 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

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Gateway/End-of-Course (GT/EOC)

In 2013-2014 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
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About this school

Ridgeway High School is a public high school in Memphis. The principal of Ridgeway High School is James Long and can be contacted at longj@mcsk12.net. 1,219 students attend Ridgeway High School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 63% of the 1,219 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Ridgeway High School is 20:1. Hutchison School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 90% %
Hispanic 5% %
White, non-Hispanic 4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1.0% %
Asian 1.0% %
Multiracial 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.08% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.08% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63% None%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I am currently going to the 9th grade and want to attend Ridgeway High School! However my parents do not know what I need for registration. Please Help!

  • (3 years ago)

    I am in the 8th grade and my parents are leaning on putting me in ridgeway and i would like for somebody to really give me a description of the school the academics and the students.Please!!!!! Also please excuse my rating..

  • (4 years ago)

    Ridgeway High School sucks. I am an AP/IB student and I feel as if they are treated quite unfairly. Honors students are given piles of summer homework and the standard students have none. Tests for difficult subjects are given on the first day of class and books are given to the Honors/IB students BEFORE lockers are issued. There are three flights of stairs and carrying heavy books is really painful. When issues are discussed with admin the problems are simply brushed off. I suggest going to a much more student friendly school. Also the peers are very disruptive and unruly. That might be common however sometimes enough is enough. Think twice about going to Ridgeway.

  • (7 years ago)

    rood kids and behavior. when I went there I was tormented. I had to go there i was educationally put in the wrong class and student were untamable. also disruptive.

  • (7 years ago)

    Ridgeway High School is a great school academically speaking and has great teachers. However they have apartment complexes right outside of the school so there are some overcrowding problems. Also there are few 'misguided' individuals at this school (i.e gangs drugs pranksters... etc.) but overall the people there are cool. The teachers here are very well qualified for the job and we have an outstanding band director (Mr. Chris Piecuch) choir director (Dr. Jeff Brewer) orchestra conductor (Ms. Karla Phillips) drama/creative writing teacher (Ms. Julie Watson) and art teacher. If your child is very active in sports (especially lacrosse or basketball) or the fine arts or is an overall great student Ridgeway is the school to look at. I hope that the media does not curve your view of our school because it is indeed one of the finest Memphis City Schools.

  • (7 years ago)

    RHS is a great school academics wise.In other prospect the school is get worst. Sports u can get recognized if u are a favor. Play the player because of thier skills. Not because of your grade level. I wish yall the best this year.

  • (7 years ago)

    This was an excellent school but there have been recent changes in the faculty staff and students. RHS was once the best schools in the city period. Although it's declining slowly it's still the best public school in the city with the highest graduation and attendance rates. This school also has the best choirs in West Tennessee. If you really want to hear a choir stop by Ridgeway and see Dr. Brewer and the Choirs.

  • (8 years ago)

    I love tihs school. My child learns so much there. And the staff are great

  • (8 years ago)

    Well i have gone to Ridgeway for 3 years now and each year it is getting worse. Mr Long has messed up alot of the traditions that the students have and the teachers have. It is a great school for acadamics. The teachers are all involved in helping if you ask for help.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am currently alumni of ridgeway highschool. I was displaced by hurricane Katrina and came from a private school in new orleans. new orleans private schools are equivilant to a ridgeway education. There are honors courses and AP courses.rigdeway has had several national merit finalists and the seniors have had over 100 000 in scholarships. Ridgeway is an excellent school to prepare for college. I would rate it one of the best memphis city schools.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a parent of a RHS graduate I feel that RHS is a good school provided the parents send the school a child 'ready' to work prepared to learn and willing to participate and act with behavior consistent with high school. The administrative staff and teachers can only do so with high school students. Students in high school do not communicate enough with their parents and therefore the parents must be pro-active with their 'drop-ins' on the students and follow up with assignments ect. Our daughter gradtuated in 2005 and she gained a lot of knowledge and her instuctors - especially Tony Frigo Band Director was very interested in the students performance. The principal could have perhaps shown more support for the students; but he has since retire.

  • (9 years ago)

    I beg to differ about this shcool. If your child is serious on athletics this is school for him/her to be reconginzed. But when it comes down to academics I find that this school lacks discipline. Taking certain classes at this school is very hard because the adminstration feels they need to hold your child back from certain classes. Such as they will try to put your child in courses they may not want to be in Chemistry for Geology; Precal for Algebra-Trig. This school in my opinion doesn't have enough confidence in its students when it comes to acdaemics. But you can bet your bottom dollar if you can kick a soccer ball dunk a ball or throw a football your child will be the perfect catch for this school.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think that Ridgeway High School is one of the best schools in Memphis they have a lot od great teachers such as Mrs.Lovelace Mrs.Horton and the one and only Dr.Jeff Brewer and Mrs. Wright. They also have the best coaches there such as Ronnie Bray A.C.Williams and Wes Henning they also have some of the best group of students keep up the great work R.H.S Wes Henning They also have great Choir from the womens choir up to the upcomming gospel choir

  • (11 years ago)

    I love Ridgeway. I think Ridgeway is an excellent school if you are interested in going to college. The teachers are always willing to assist you if you are having a problem. It is a very clean school and a good environment to learn in. It has a very good fine arts program especially the choir. The choir directoris very dedicated and very serious about his students. He is my favorite teacher in the school. The pep rallies field trips talent shows and sport activities are a lot of fun. Ridgeway won the state championship for football in 2002-2003 school year.

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