Primary School

Welcome to Ridgewood’s Primary School

Grades Pre-K through 4

The primary school, under the direction of the primary school principal, provides a diverse curriculum which promotes the intellectual, creative, cultural, and social development of the child.

Students are provided with a solid foundation in basic skills for mastery of subject matter at every level. Students are encouraged at an early age to take responsibility for their learning.


Primary teachers seek to develop effective work patterns and basic academic skills. Students take a traditional program of math, spelling, grammar, reading, handwriting, social studies, and science, as well as physical education, art, and music. Math is accelerated one year beginning in Pre-K. Spelling and grammar are accelerated by one year beginning in the first grade.


Students are given computer experience and enjoy educational field trips. They participate in group projects and library activities.

Music and art instruction are part of the curriculum in the primary school. Each fourth-grader is required to take instrumental music for one school session. Primary students also participate in guidance programs to aid in their self-development.

Before and After School Care

Each school day students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade may participate in the Before and After School Care Program. Before school care is available from 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. After school care is available from 3:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.