Applying to K-Grade 8


Ridgefield Academy is currently welcoming applications for 2019-2020 in all grade levels. We encourage you to begin the admission process outlined below, through rolling admissions in the spring and summer. The admission office is excited to help guide you through this process.

Ridgefield Academy Lower School Students

Application Steps

Step 1: Inquire

You may request information about Ridgefield Academy by completing the online inquiry form, or by contacting David Suter, Associate Head of School & Director of Enrollment, by phone (203.894.1800 x112) or by email.

Step 2: Parent Campus Visit/Tour

The best way to understand the value of a Ridgefield Academy education is to experience our campus, our programs, and our faculty first hand. Families are invited to visit our campus for a tour at their earliest convenience. Additionally, we encourage you to schedule a private parent visit during which we can sit and talk about your child or children and what you are looking for in your next school. You may schedule your visit either before or after an application has been submitted by calling the Admission Office at 203.894.1800 x112.

Step 3: Apply

We encourage you to submit the initial online application form or download and submit the paper version at your earliest convenience. Then, take your time completing the supplementary materials (at right, listed by age group). Completing your child's application as soon as possible will allow us more flexibility in scheduling his or her classroom visit to Ridgefield Academy.

The deadline for applications to the first round of admissions is January 14, 2019. However, if you are interested in a rolling admissions process for a summer or mid-year enrollment, please call the Admissions Office at 203-894-1800 x112. The rolling admissions process in no way hinders a family's ability to find the best school fit when space is available.

Please note, there is a non-refundable $50 application fee for each applicant. Important: If Financial Aid is a consideration, we would ask that you complete the process at the same time you complete the admissions process to ensure that you have all the information you will need prior to enrollment. We are happy to help guide you through both, so just ask for information as needed.

To begin the online application process, follow the link at right. If you prefer to receive a hard copy of the application, please call the Admission Office at 203.894.1800 x112 and we will be happy to provide you with one.

Step 4: Student Visit

Once the application and records (transcript and recommendations) have been received, student candidates will be invited to visit campus for a ‘day in the life’ of attending classes, meeting teachers and students, and meeting with the Director of Enrollment.

Step 5: Standardized Testing

Applicants to grades 5-8 are required to submit their ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) scores. To register or find locations and testing dates, visit the ISEE website for details. Applicants to grades K-4 will complete an in-house assessment, which may include a DRA (diagnostic reading assessment, writing prompt, and/or math assessment).
Please contact the Admissions Office at 203.894.1800 x112 or if you have any questions about the admissions process.

Next Steps

We've made it easier than ever to get started on your journey at RA. For your convenience, our online application can be accessed below.



Applying To:
PreK - Kindergarten
Download Packet (PreK-K)

Grades 1 - 4
Download Packet (Grades 1-4)

Grade 5
Download Packet (Grade 5)
ISEE Testing

Grades 6 - 8
Download Packet (Grades 6-8)
ISEE Testing


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