Welcome to the Ridgewood Public Schools
A Message from the Superintendent
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Ridgewood Public Schools. As the largest school system in Bergen County, the Ridgewood district comprises ten schools, including one housing our pre-k handicapped program; six elementary schools (K-5); two middle schools (6-8); and one high school (9-12). Of the districtís approximately 500 teachers and administrators, 65% have Masterís degrees and 5% hold doctorates.
Ridgewood Public Schools deliver a high quality education focusing on maximizing the potential of every learner. The district is continually recognized on state and national levels for school and individual achievements. Our students consistently score extremely well on state and national tests and above state and district factor groups. The districtís more than 5800 students all have an opportunity to succeed under the tutelage and guidance of a dedicated, professional faculty and administration. In addition, all students are taught in a technologically advanced setting and are provided with numerous opportunities to excel in the formal classroom and extracurricular activities, including the arts, athletics, student publications, and academic competitions.
The Ridgewood Public Schools district is governed by a five-member Board of Education. Members are elected to rotating three-year terms by the voting public.
3.25.15: Information on the 2015-2016 School Budget is Out
The preliminary proposed school budget is under discussion by the Board of Education. Click here to view the latest presentation, given at the March 23, 2015 Board of Education meeting.
Hot Off the Press: rps.eNews 3.24.15
rps.eNews is the district's electronic newsletter that is e-mailed approximately twice a month, following Board of Education meetings. It contains news of the Board, events of interest to the RPS community, student and teacher honors and awards, and notices of upcoming village-wide activities.
Click here to read the March 24, 2015 issue.
Click here to subscribe or unsubscribe to rps.eNews.
3.11.15: Update on Snow Days
April 6 is a Regular School Day
Click here to read a letter sent to parents and guardians on March 10. The two snow days built into the 2014-2015 school calendar have now been used, as well as Monday, April 6, which was slated as a Professional Day for teachers. Further days will be taken from Spring Recess, starting with Monday, March 30 and working forward.
3.11.15: Update on Strategic Planning
At the March 9, 2015 Board of Education meeting, goals were approved that were compiled from the district strategic planning day held in September. The five goal areas are student achievement, technology, communications, facilities and diversity. Click here for details.
Superintendent's February Column: The Good Neighbor
Click here to read Dr. Fishbein's February column, which appeared in "The Ridgewood News" on February 27, 2015.
Board Approves 2015-2016 School Calendar
Click here to view the 2015-2016 School Calendar, approved by the Ridgewood Board of Education on February 23, 2015.
Rescheduled: Curriculum Series for Parents and Guardians Continues on March 26
NEW DATE: Next up program in the Community Outreach Program series is "Exercise and the Brain," by district Physical Education staffers Susan Kameno and Craig Mahler, along with Hawes School Principal Dr. Paul Semendinger. The presentation will take place on Thursday, March 26 from 7-9 p.m. at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, floor 3. The program is free and open to the adult public.
Click here for details.
PROGRAM ADDED: The district has added a program, "All About Google Apps for Education," a series of three stand-alone workshops designed to introduce parents and guardians to the world of technology in the classroom. These workshops will be offered on April 15 (elementary school level); April 20 (middle school level): and April 22 (high school level). Each workshop is limited to 25 participants and pre-registration is required. .
Click here to go to the pre-registration page.
Click here for the flyer and more information.
Board of Education Meets on April 13, 2015
The Board of Education will hold a Regular Public Meeting on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. This meeting will include a Joint Meeting with the Ridgewood Village Council to discuss the proposed 2015-2016 school budget.
Board of Education meetings are held on the third floor of the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, NJ. The public is welcome to attend, or to watch live via the district website's "Link in Live" tab. Live streaming is also available on FiOS channel 33 and Optimum channel 77.
Click here to view the agenda for the March 23, 2015 Regular Public Meeting.
Click here to view the Preliminary Proposed 2015-2016 budget presented at the March 23, 2015 Regular Public Meeting.
10.02.14: FAQs on Common Core and PARCC
Please click here for updated FAQs on Common Core Curriculum Standards (CCSS) and PARCC testing, released October 2, 2014.
This folder contains Board and District goals for the current and prior school years, and reports relating to the achievement of those goals.
Archives of regular and special public meetings of the Ridgewood Board of Education
Superintendent's File Cabinet
Agendas for the 2010-2011 and prior school years
Minutes of Board of Education meetings for the 2010-2011 and prior school years
Links to Web casts of Board of Education meetings from January 28, 2008 to July 20, 2009. Also included are links to special events: Teacher Recognition ceremony 2010 and forum on "Preparing Our Students to be Leaders of Tomorrow."
The 2014-2015 School Calendar and official list of religious holidays for 2014-2015. Also, the 2015-2016 School Calendar, approved by the Board of Education on February 23, 2015.
Correspondence, resolutions and other materials relating to the state education scene.
District/Community Planning Goals and action plans and programs.
Dr. Fishbein is a regular contributor to "The Ridgewood News," writing a monthly column called "The Superintendent's Corner." This folder contains Dr. Fishbein's archived columns.
Letters to Ridgewood Public Schools parents/guardians and staff, and Letters to the Editor.
Speeches and other formal remarks