Ridgewood is attended by students from all over the New Orleans metropolitan area. Students come from six parishes, from west to east, north and south. Our students have one thing in common, the desire to be in a good strong school. Ridgewood is academically strong and offers a safe and friendly school environment. Students adapt well and make lifelong friends as they work toward getting prepared for college or university.
Our students come with varied backgrounds which strengthens our school spirit and culture. Ridgewood celebrates the diversity and character of our students. Up to ten percent of Ridgewood’s students are foreign nationals – reflecting the economic realities of the port of New Orleans. Many of our students reflect international cultures and ethnicities from every continent – which is to say, just like America.
The common ingredients among Ridgewood’s students are their warmth, academic promise, and ambition to succeed.
The faculty members at Ridgewood are well-prepared for their professions – experts in their subjects, with a majority having advanced degrees. All faculty members are available for extra help and conferences before and after school. The size of the school allows the faculty and administration to know the students well and to develop a close student-faculty relationship.
Ridgewood’s library is an exciting, vibrant place — a center of activity. All grades participate in library instruction and enjoy the stimulating atmosphere. The library holds 17,000 volumes, all computerized. Through utilizing the library facilities and library skills, students learn techniques and tools for research and gain an appreciation of the written word.
Ridgewood believes in fostering the individual talents and cultural awareness of its students and does so through a diverse fine arts program on the primary, middle, and high school level. Students have the opportunity to take band, speech, as well as, individual instruction in piano and string instrument (guitar and violin) – which is offered during school hours for interested students in grades one through twelve.
Appropriate testing is conducted at all grade levels. Achievement tests and aptitude tests are administered in primary school and middle school. Interest inventories and college admissions testing are required at the high school level.