"I feel that Ridgefield Academy provides an environment where the students learn to help themselves and others to become smarter, kinder, more thoughtful and creative leaders. The curriculum pushes you to be the best learner you can be outside of the box."
MIDDLE SCHOOL MATTERS.
We invite you to learn more about our program, community, and culture. Find out how we excel at expanding the boundaries of students' capabilities while fostering joyful learning and preserving the integrity of childhood. Here, the dreamers of today become the thinkers of tomorrow.
Individualized instruction allows students to take risks, question the world around them, and become strong, independent thinkers. Our grade 6-8 students blossom as hidden talents unfold and confidence grows through participation in one of our 14 different sports teams, electives, technology, band, drama, chorus, visual and digital arts. Students are taught to become allies to those who need help and our Wellness Program provides them with information they need to build healthy relationships, make sound decisions, and have a positive self-image.
Too often students are given information, instructions, and objectives, and then receive grades without ever being asked to think about learning. We believe education is more than a series of tests and a body of knowledge to memorize. At a time when students in grades 6-8 are becoming aware of their own thoughts and those of others, they learn how to construct well-written essays, advocate for their ideas around a Harkness table, and through our public speaking program, deliver remarks with confidence and poise. They learn how to learn in a joyful and engaging academic environment and in the context of supportive and caring relationships with their teachers and peers.
Our teachers partner with our students while respecting their heightened need for independence. We trust our middle schoolers to problem-solve and to lead. They are provided with many opportunities, from Service Learning, to partnering with their Kindergarten buddies, so that they may exercise these skills and become active change agents.
A child’s body and mind develops more rapidly during early adolescence than at any other stage other than the first two years of life. Guided by our Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning and Clinton Howarth, division head for grades 4-8, we intentionally design interdisciplinary educational experiences that speak directly to the experience of a middle schooler. Learning that is not siloed, but intentionally relational allows students to make connections, consider multiple perspectives, and deepen their understanding.