"...willing to dive into the whole community and are leaders on campus."

~The Gunnery

"...academically prepared and have great character."

~ Choate Rosemary Hall

"...very well prepared academically. They are well rounded, talented and work well with adults."

~ Brooks School

"...of high character and are involved."

~ Loomis Chaffee

"...hardworking, good, community kids."

~ The Millbrook School

"...kind and well prepared."

~ Williston Northampton School

"...strong, independent, and well prepared."

~ The Ethel Walker School

"...honestly the best! Respectful, thoughtful, and community centered."

~ Avon Old Farms School

"...poised and prepared."

~ Phillips Exeter

"...strong students, leaders, curious, risk-takers - great!"

~ Hotchkiss School

Ridgefield Academy offers comprehensive secondary school admissions counseling to help our students and their families plan for the years after Grade 8. As students enter Upper School (Grades 6, 7 and 8), our Head of School and Head of Upper School lead them through an individualized process designed to consider a wide range of options.

Each year, Ridgefield Academy hosts a High School Admissions Fair, bringing to our campus Admissions staff from more than 50 schools. It is open to all students and their families.

We want RA students and their families to make an informed decision about their future schooling. To help them we provide a step-by-step calendar guide and a directory of schools that includes current admissions contact information as well as data on selection criteria. In addition, we prepare students for school visits and the questions that may be asked of them during interviews. Each Grade 8 student has a mock interview with his peers and an RA faculty member.

Our students consistently enjoy a 93% success rate or higher for admission to their first or second choice of secondary schools. In the last three years we have placed students at the following independent day and boarding schools. Likewise, our graduates have attended some of the finest colleges and universities.

Secondary Schools

Academy for Information Technology and Engineering (CT)
Andover (MA)
Avon Old Farms School (CT)
Berkshire School (MA)
Brunswick Academy (CT)
Canterbury School (CT)
Cardigan Mountain School (NH)
Chase Collegiate School (CT)
Cheshire Academy (CT)
Choate Rosemary Hall (CT)
Convent of the Sacred Heart (CT)
Deerfield Academy (MA)
Ethel Walker School (CT)
Exeter Academy (NH)
Fairfield College Preparatory School (CT)
Gould Academy (ME)
Green Farms Academy (CT)
The Gunnery (CT)
Hackley School (NY)
Harvey School (NY)
Hopkins School (CT)
Hotchkiss School (CT)
Immaculate High School (CT)
Kent School (CT)
King School (CT)
Lawrenceville School (NJ)
Lauralton Hall (CT)
Loomis-Chaffee School (CT)
Masters School (NY)
Millbrook School (NY)
Milton Academy (MA)
Miss Porter's School (CT)
Northfield Mount Herman (MA)
Pomfret School (CT)
Portsmouth Abbey School (RI)
Rye Country Day School (NY)
Salisbury School (CT)
St. Andrew’s School (DE)
St. Luke’s School (CT)
St. Mark's Academy (MA)
St. Paul's School (NH)
Stanwich School (CT)
Suffield Academy (CT)
Tabor Academy (MA)
Taft School (CT)
Waterford School (UT)
Westminster School (CT)
Westover School (CT)
Williston-Northampton (MA)
Wooster School (CT)

Colleges and Universities

American University
Boston University
Carnegie Mellon University
Centenary College of New Jersey
Colgate University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dickinson College
Endicott College
Fairfield University
Fordham University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Grinnell College
Hamilton College
Hampshire College
Harvard University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Indiana University
Ithaca College
James Madison University
Keene State College
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
London Centre for Contemporary Music (UK)
Loyola College
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Manhattanville College
McGill University (Canada)
Miami University
The New School
Northeastern University
North Toronto Collegiate Institute
NY Institute of Technology
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
New York University
Princeton University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutive
Roger Williams University
Rollins College
Savannah College of Art and Design
Susquehanna University
University of California at Berkeley
University of Colorado - Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Michigan
University of Richmond
University of Vermont
University of Washington
Wesleyan University
Union College
Vanderbilt University
Yale University



RA's Secondary School Admissions Fair brings to our campus Admissions staff from more than 50 schools.

If your school would like to be considered for inclusion in our Secondary School Fair, please contact:
Jan Dearth
203.894.1800 x119

Growing Up RA

The Secondary School Placement Process is one that RA takes very seriously for its Grade 8 students. Whether it’s conducting practice interviews or writing an application essay, RA students are provided with a process that will help determine their high school years. We recently caught up with recent RA alums, Eliza Heaton, Annika Morgan, & Alex Ross, who addressed certain questions about how prepared they felt after leaving RA.

How did RA prepare you academically?

ALEX: At RA, teachers aren’t just here to teach you about a certain subject, they teach you about life and how to move forward. At Berkshire, our motto is Pro Vida Non Schola Discimus, which translates to “We do not learn for school, but for life.” I feel like this motto can be applied to RA. It is not just about getting an A on the next test. RA teachers help you with more complex life decisions like choosing which school you want to go to or choosing a college.
ELIZA: In signing up for classes at King, my mom thought it would be a good idea for me to take 3 honors courses. I was terrified because one class was Honors Biology and I have never been a science girl. At first, I was struggling a little because the learning environment was different. However, I learned what I needed to do to succeed and keep an A- average. It is something I never thought I’d be able to do but RA taught me to use my teachers as my resources for help and maintain a healthy work balance. I have been able to apply this to my new learning environment at King.
ANNIKA: At a baseline, I think RA prepares you perfectly. There is no better word for it. RA distinguishes itself by going beyond teaching the material and why it is applicable to life. There are so many incredible teachers here who go above and beyond the curriculum and it really helped me understand concepts instead of just learning them. Another great gift that RA gave me is learning why things are the way they are instead of just memorizing facts.

What characteristics do young peopel need to succeed in high school?

ALEX: At boarding school, determination is key because for the first couple of weeks, everything is new. Get out of your comfort zone, meet new people, try hard in your school work, and get on your teachers good side. You can always see faculty members around campus - walking their dogs or bring their little kids to school. My best advice is to try the best you can to be yourself.
ELIZA: Staying confident has been my number one priority through all of this. When I first came to King, I was apprehensive about getting involved. We had to sign up for clubs in the first week of school and I signed up to be a buddy. Even though I had only been there for a month, I toured people around, even kids from RA who visited, showed them the school and came to know it like the back of my hand. I also auditioned for the musical and decided to go for the lead. It got me to where I wanted to be but I had to get out of the scared mindset and take a risk. And it worked out.
ANNIKA: At Joel Barlow, you need a strong sense of self because they allow you to choose your classes. If you want to take 3 APs and 3 honors courses, you can take on that challenge if you so choose. I love that they give you that choice. You need to know what you are looking for and what you want. It really helps you find yourself because you are around many different types of people, have many career options, and have many different classes you can take. It’s overwhelming at times because you may want to take 5 classes but you have to choose 3.