School Details

Ridgefield High School

700 North Salem Rd, Ridgefield, CT 06877
(203) 438-3785

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1772 students 14 students/teacher (CT avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade


Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT)

In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) to test students' skills in reading, writing, science and math in grade 10. The CAPT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
  • This school in 2013
  • Ridgefield School District average
  • Connecticut state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ridgefield High School is a public high school in Ridgefield. 1,772 students go to Ridgefield High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. 3% of the 1,772 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ridgefield High School is 14:1. Wooster School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 91% 89%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 5%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Asian 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1.0% 1%
Multiracial 0.6% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.06% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    As a teacher i have a unique insiders view of what this school is about. Yes the test scores are amazing and if your are a superstar as many of our students are you will do well here. If you are an average student or a student with learning disabilities then your experience is going to be completely different. Our faculty is encouraged to spend most of our time and curriculum to nurture the best and the brightest. You will not find this in any written policy but it is the RHS school culture to nurture the gifted and let the other students sink or swim. I find this practice abhorrent but we as teachers must play by the administrations rules. Students with LD are generally written off and are most definaitely NOT encouraged by their counselors or other staff members. Again if you are academically gifted as most students here are you are fine but if you are not be prepared to face some stiff competition will little to no support from the administration. There are some exceptions of course and there are some caring teachers who will go that extra mile but believe me that is the exception. So great school for the gifted not so great for the average student

  • (1 year ago)

    The school is stunning with immaculate test scores and professionalism. The students are all eager intellectual and sophisticated. Very impressed with the scores grades colleges attended by graduates and staff. Outstanding.

  • (5 years ago)

    It gives students a purpose.

  • (6 years ago)

    THe school has exceeded my expectations. We are new to ridgefield and my son is transitioning very well from his previous private school in Virginia. The staff is always available and willing to help every child succeed.

  • (6 years ago)

    I graduated from Ridgefield High School this past year and have found that the staff were not only willing to give my peers and myself time outside of class to better acquaint myself with class material but were also excellent when it came to relating to their students. Also the new renovations done on the school have made it an excellent place to spend 6 or more hours of the day.

  • (7 years ago)

    I find that many teachers are not willing to help whether you ask or not. And I agree with the fact that the school works for superstars and kids in need of special help but we average students are ignored.

  • (8 years ago)

    I never get the feeling that as a parent I'm welcome in the school. Teachers do not want to deal with parents and even when my child was ill I couldn't get any help.

  • (8 years ago)

    I went to RHS junior and senior year after moving from Arizona. What a hugh difference this made in my education! This town cares about education. The small class size and caring teachers helped me to stay focused on my future. I would recommend this town and its schools to anyone.

  • (9 years ago)

    RHS is an amazing school and is flexible to the needs of all types of students. The administration is great Dr. Lindsey the principle is excellent. The extracurricular activities are participated in by all students and they can get as close to a small community experience of a boarding school here while still staying at home. Amazing. I love it.

  • (10 years ago)

    RHS is a very good very competitive school that turns out graduates ready to succeed in college. But it can be almost too competitive; parents--be there to help your kids stay on top of things. For bright kids who are not the competitive type the Alternative School is a phenomenal solution.

  • (10 years ago)

    RHS is great if your child is either a superstar or in need of special help. But the average students are ignored.

  • (10 years ago)

    I could not imagine a better school. Whenever and of my friends or I needed help the teachers and guidance department helped above and beyond anything that we could have asked for. The Special Ed Regular Honors and AP classes are superb- students performing above state and national standards. Ridgefield High School is a conglomerate of superb teachers both in an out of the classroom.

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