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.
4.25.16: Letter from Dr. Fishbein
Click here to read a letter from Dr. Fishbein dated April 25, 2016.
4.21.16: A Letter from Dr. Fisbhein
Click here to read a letter from Dr. Fishbein regarding the closing of school on May 27.
4.11.16: Update on BOE / REA Contract Negotiations
Click here to read a Letter to the Editor of The Ridgewood News, published on April 8, 2016.
Click here to view the Ridgewood Board of Education's Post Hearing Fact Finding Brief and attachments.
Click here to view an analysis of the "Unused Funds" identified by the REA in the Fact Finding Proceeding, presented at the March 7, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.
Click here to read a Letter to the Editor of The Ridgewood News, which appeared in the paper on March 4, 2016.
Click here to read a Letter to the Editor of The Ridgewood News, which appeared in the paper on February 12, 2016.
Click here to read the Ridgewood Board of Education's Fact-Finding Presentation with The Ridgewood Education Association.
Click here to read the backup to the Ridgewood Board of Education's Fact-Finding Presentation with The Ridgewood Education Association.
Click here to read a Letter to the Editor of The Ridgewood News, regarding REA contract negotiations, which was published on January 29, 2016.
Click here to read a Letter to the Editor of The Ridgewood News, which was published on November 20, 2015.
Click here to read a November 2, 2015 statement by the Ridgewood Board of Education entitled, " Negotiations Status Report."
Click here to read a letter to the editor of The Ridgewood News regarding health care costs, which appeared on October 16, 2015.
Click here to read a September 25, 2015 letter to the editor of The Ridgewood News, regarding talking points made by the REA president on September 21.2015.
Click here to read a letter to parents and guardians from Dr. Fishbein dated September 11, 2015.
Click here to read a July 23, 2015 statement released by the Ridgewood Board of Education on the status of negotiations with the Ridgewood Education Association.
Hot Off the Press: rps.eNews 4.05.16
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 April 5, 2016 issue.
BOARD MEETS ON MAY 2, 2016
The Ridgewood Board of Education will hold a Public Hearing on the 2016-2017 Budget and Regular Public Meeting on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
The public is invited to attend the meeting at the Ed Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3. The meeting will be aired live on FiOS Channel 33 and Optimum Channel 77 or it may be viewed live via the district website at www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us using the "Link in Live" tab.
Click here to view the agenda for the May 16, 2016 Public Hearing on the Budget and Regular Public Meeting.
Click here to view the 2016-2017 Preliminary Budget presented at the March 21, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.
Click here to view the Full Day Kindergarten recommendation presented to the Board at their March 7, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.
Click here to view the Parent/Guardian Survey 2014-2015 District Report presented at the October 5, 2015 Regular Public Meeting.
Read Dr. Fishbein's March Column: Planting the Seeds of Excellence: Growing Full-day K
Click here to read Dr. Fishbein's monthly column for The Ridgewood News on March 25, 2016.
Drop In for Coffee and Conversation on May 24
The Board of Education and Superintendent will host residents for Coffee and Conversation on Tuesday, May 24. The public is invited to drop in at the Education Center at 49 Cottage Place, floor 3, any time between 7 and 8:30 p.m. to ask questions and share suggestions and concerns.
2016-2017 School Budget Information
Click here to view the latest information on the 2016-2017 budget, updated on April 19, 2016.
Update on Full-Day Kindergarten
On March 7, 2016 Dr. Fishbein presented a recommendation to the Board of Education on bringing full-day Kindergarten to Ridgewood. His proposal is to fund a full-day program through a tax increase approved by voters this November in a second question. The consensus of the Board is to proceed with this recommendation.
2017-2018 School Calendar is Approved
Click here to open the 2017-2018 School Calendar, approved by the Ridgewood Board of Education on March 7, 2016.
Community Outreach Series Focuses on Well-being: Next is "The Race to Nowhere in Youth Athletics"
Next up is author John O'Sullivan on Tuesday, April.26. This free program for adults will take place from 7-9 p.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Middle School Auditorium, 335 North Van Dien Avenue.
The 2015-2016 parent/peers series consists of engaging presentations throughout the school year. Co-sponsored by The Valley Hospital, with support from The Foundation, adults are invited to attend these programs on creating balance in children's lives.
Click here for the April 26 program flyer.
Click here for details on the remaining programs in the series.
Click here for the series flyer.
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 Board of Education meetings for the 2008-2009 school year through the present.
Minutes of Board of Education meetings for the 2008-2009 school year through the present.
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 2015-2016 School Calendar and official list of religious holidays for 2015-2016, and the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 School Calendar.
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