Upper School

Clinton Howarth - Head of Middle and Upper SchoolWelcome to the Upper School at Ridgefield Academy!

If you walk the halls of the Annex building on our beautiful campus you will feel the buzz of joyful, purposeful learning. You will see our Upper School students actively participating in their learning; taking intellectual risks by working collaboratively with classmates, engaging in conversation, and participating in lab work and simulations.

Grades 6, 7, and 8 mark a wonderfully exciting and important period in child development as our students make incredible strides in their cognitive, physical, and social-emotional growth. As learners, the narrative of this period is centered around skill development, self-advocacy, and the children’s emerging ability to look below the surface and engage with abstract understandings. Front and center in our classrooms are dynamic curricula that excite and engage our students as they develop their skills, all of which happens in the context of a meaningful relationship between students and teachers. We develop students as readers and writers, mathematicians, and scientists. Most importantly, we develop thinkers and citizens who are prepared for their high school years ahead and for a world that needs their leadership.

Our Upper School continues the full, well-rounded program that students begin in the Lower and Middle Schools, with all students actively involved in the performing, digital and visual arts. Additionally, Upper School students participate in three seasons of our interscholastic athletic program throughout the year, choosing between a number of offerings during the fall, winter, and spring seasons.

In and out of the classroom support the academic, social, and emotional growth of our students. Through our advisory, wellness, and service learning programs we are committed to developing well-rounded young people who know themselves as learners and leaders.

I invite you to explore this website to learn more, and to visit our campus. I will look forward to seeing you and sharing our wonderful community with you.

Clinton Howarth
Head of Middle and Upper School