Ridgefield Schools

Ridgefield, CT is situated in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. Just a short one-hour drive from New York City, Ridgefield has become a top destination for visitors to the area. The town borders Westchester County and consistently comes in on top for quality of life, thanks to overall safety, a top-notch school system, and beautiful homes.

With a population of roughly 25,000 Ridgefield also sits high on the list of the Safest Towns in Connecticut and is consistently voted Best Places to Raise a Family.

Ridgefield Schools: Very Highly Regarded

Among its greatest assets is the Ridgefield Schools system. One of the top-rated school systems in the state, The Ridgefield School District is ranked #4 in Connecticut by US News and World Report, and #3 by School Digger. And if that wasn’t enough, Ridgefield is one of only 36 public school systems in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey to be named to the Tri-State Consortium which admits only the highest-performing school systems in the area. Ridgefiled’s schools are one of the many reasons the area attracts and retains residents.

The Ridgefield School District is made up of six elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and one alternative high school. Each school is focused on the success of every student and employs dedicated staff and a highly educated faculty. Ridgefield is also home to a number of day care centers, a private Catholic school, St. Mary’s School (pre K-8), and the private Ridgefield Academy (pre k-8).

Award Winning Schools

Below is a snapshot of Ridgefield schools and their noted accolades, as listed by the Ridgefield Public Schools website (www.ridgefield.org).

Elementary Schools

Barlow Mountain Elementary School
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  • Rated 23rd in the state by Niche Rankings for 2016 Best Public Elementary School in Connecticut
  • Won the 2012 Outstanding Award for Math and Movement from Connecticut Association for Health, Education, Recreation and Dance
  • Presented the Bronze Award /USDA HealthierUS from October 2011-2015

Branchville Elementary School
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  • Ranked 39th out of 534 Connecticut public elementary schools by SchoolDigger
  • Ranked 29th in the state for 2016 Best Public Schools in Connecticut by Niche Rankings

Farmingville Elementary School
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  • Ranked 31st in the state by Niche Rankings for 2016 Best Public Elementary Schools in Connecticut
  • Rated 10 out of 10 by Great Schools

Ridgebury Elementary School
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  • Ranked 41st out of 534 public elementary school in the state by SchoolDigger
  • Ranked 25th in the state for 2016 Best Public Schools in Connecticut, by Niche Rankings

Scotland Elementary School
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  • Rankings listed Scotland Elementary 28th in the state – 2016 Best Public School in Connecticut
  • 2014 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge
  • 2013 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge
  • April 8, 2011 – For the ninth year in a row, Scotland Elementary School is one of the top schools statewide in the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Veterans Park Elementary School
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  • Niche Rankings placed Veterans Park Elementary School 27th in the state – 2016 Public Elementary School
  • 2014–15 Connecticut Schools of Distinction category “Highest Performing Overall” (433.6/450)
  • 2015 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge
  • 2014 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge
  • 2013 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge
Middle Schools

East Ridge Middle School
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  • Niche Rankings listed East Ridge Middle School 10th in the state – 2016 Best Public School in Connecticut
  • Blue Ribbon School 2009

Scotts Ridge Middle School
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  • Niche Rankings placed Scotts Ridge Middle School 11th in the state – 2016 Best Public School in Connecticut
High Schools

Ridgefield High School
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  • U.S. News & World Report came out with their “best high school” rankings for 2016, and Ridgefield High School was among the schools who won their “Gold” award. It was ranked 5th in the state of Connecticut (and ranked #235 in the nation)
  • GreatSchools rates Ridgefield High School 10 out of 10
  • Niche Rankings released its report on the Best Public High Schools in Connecticut, and Ridgefield High School made the list at number 8.
  • March 26, 2015 – Niche Rankings – Best Public High Schools in Connecticut – Ridgefield High School made the list at number 6.
  • May 8, 2012 – Ridgefield High School was one of five Fairfield County high schools ranked among the state’s top 10 in a report released by U.S. News & World Report. It was No. 3 in Connecticut.
  • SchoolDigger for School year 2014–2015 Ranked RIdgefield High School #1 in Connecticut
  • April 26, 2013 – For the second consecutive year, the school earned the district a “gold medal” designation from U.S. News and World Report for finishing in the top 500 public high schools out of 21,000-ranked schools in 49 states.

 The Ridgefield Community – Connecticut’s First Cultural District

Ridgefield is not just about its fine schools. The community is bursting with character and small-town charm. In fact, there is a higher concentration of artists, employees in media, and designers in Ridgefield than in 90% of other US communities, according to Neighborhood Scout.

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Ridgefield offers a nice variety of real estate options for residents, including contemporaries, antiques, condos, and colonials. You’ll find mostly single family homes (81%), with the majority built between 1970-1999. Average home prices in Ridgefield range between $512,000- $768,000.

The neighborhoods with highest appreciation according to Neighborhood Scout include:


A suburban neighborhood located in Ridgefield, Ridgebury is made of mostly medium and large sized homes. The majority of residences in this neighborhood originate from 1970 -1999 although there are a number of homes that were built during the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s as well. The median home price in Ridgebury is $606.059.


Crossing into both Redding and Wilton, the Branchville neighborhood has fairly low real estate vacancy rates, hovering around 4.45%. This is a neighborhood in demand and with a high level of satisfaction among its residents. The median home price here is $758,000. Branchville locals are highly educated, with 42.1% of adults having earned a Master’s Degree, law degree, PHD, or medical degree.

Town Center

If you’re looking for a great place to retire in Connecticut, put Town Center at the top of your list. With an above average safety record, this peaceful and quiet neighborhood offers a wide range of housing options. Town Center is considered a very “retiree-friendly” area which is evidenced by the lively mx of highly educated seniors and other age groups. According to Neighborhood Scout, Town Center is more retiree-friendly than 97.8% of the towns in Connecticut. With a median real estate price of $990,000 Town Center has many small- to medium-sized single family homes, apartments and high-rises.

A Place to Call Home

Ridgefield residents take great pride in their community and have a passion for getting involved. In addition to the overall community feel, Ridgefield is also known for world class dining ranging from small modern bistros to world class inns.

There’s really no reason to look anywhere else, so welcome to the neighborhood!

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