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 scope of services. With a population of roughly 25,000 Ridgefield also sits high on the list of the Safest Towns in Connecticut and Best Places to Raise a Family. Among Ridgefield’s greatest assets however is the school system. Boasting one of the top-rated school systems in the state, The Ridgefield School District is ranked #4 in the state 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.  One of the many reasons Ridgefield attracts and retains residents is because of the schools. The district is made up of six elementary schools, two middle schools, a high school and an alternative high school. Each school is focused on the success of every student and employs dedicated staff and highly educated faculty.   Ridgefield is also home to ta number of day care centers in addition to the Roman Catholic St. Mary’s School (pre K-8)  and private Ridgefield Academy (pre k-8), Here is a snapshot of public schools in the area and their accolades as listed by the Ridgefield Public Schools website: (www.ridgefield.org) Barlow Mountain Elementary School
  • Rated 23rd in the state by Niche 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
  • 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
Farmingville Elementary School
  • Ranked 31st in the state by Niche for 2016 Best Public Elementary Schools in Connecticut
  • Rated 10 out of 10 by Great Schools
Ridgebury Elementary School
  • 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
Scotland Elementary School
  • Niche ranked 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
  • Niche ranked VPES 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
East Ridge Middle School
  • Niche ranked ERMS 10th in the state – 2016 Best Public School in Connecticut
  • Blue Ribbon School 2009
Scotts Ridge Middle School
  • Niche ranked SRMS 11th in the state – 2016 Best Public School in Connecticut
Ridgefield High School
    • 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 and was ranked 5th in the state of Connecticut (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.
Ridgefield is a community bursting with character and small town charm.  In fact there is a higher concentration of artists, employees in media and designers here than in 90% of other US communities, according to Neighborhood Scout. Ridgefield offers a nice variety of real estate options for residents including contemporaries, antiques, condos and colonials.  Mostly single family homes (81%). with the majority built between 1970-1999. Average home prices range between $512,000- $768,000. The neighborhoods with highest appreciation according to Neighborhood Scout include: Ridgebury 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. Ridgebury has a higher income than 97.9% of other communities in the US. Branchville Crossing into both Redding and Wilton, the Branchville neighborhood has a fairly low real estate vacancy rates, hovering around 4.45%.  Clearly this is a neighborhood with high demand and a high level of satisfaction among locals. The median home price here is $758,000. Branchville residents are highly educated, with 42.1% of adults having earned a Master’s Degree, law degree, PHD or medical degree. Town Center For anyone looking for a great place to retire in Connecticut put Town Center at the top of your list. With above average safety, 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. In fact, according to Neighborhood Scout, Town Center is more retiree-friendly than 97.8% of other towns in Connecticut.  With a median real estate price of $990,000 Town Center is made up largely of small to medium sized single family homes, apartments and high-rises. 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!