"...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 Secondary School Admissions Fair open to all students and their families. It is the largest fair of its kind in Connecticut, bringing to our campus Admissions staff from more than 80 schools.

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 is the largest fair of its kind in Connecticut, bringing to our campus Admissions staff from more than 80 schools.

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