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.
Hot Off the Press: rps.eNews 5.17.16
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 May 17, 2016 issue.
Read Dr. Fishbein's April Column: Every Step Counts
Click here to read Dr. Fishbein's monthly column for The Ridgewood News on April 29, 2016.
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.
Board Meets on June 6, 2016
The Ridgewood Board of Education will hold a Regular Public Meeting on Monday, June 6, 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 and addendum for the May 16, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.
Click here to view the minutes of the May 2, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.
2016-2017 School Budget Information
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.
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 2014-15 school year through the present.
Minutes of Board of Education meetings for the 2008-2009 school year through the present.
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