Meet Tom Main, Head of School

Head of School Tom Main

“I believe that effective school leadership is grounded in strong, honest relationships with community members, and a deep knowledge of the culture, programs, strengths, and challenges of the School. I look forward to working with the school community in this new role and contributing to the continued growth and development of a school that so many others have poured their heart and souls into for years.”
Welcome to Ridgefield Academy’s website. I hope you will take some time to explore our people, programs, and campus as they are presented here.

Ridgefield Academy is an academic community of great warmth, depth, and substance. Our students are at the heart of everything that we do, and we understand the important role that each of us plays in the growth of your child. RA students work with purpose, develop critical thinking skills, support their classmates, prepare diligently for the next stage of their education (and beyond), and genuinely enjoy the experience of learning. I strongly believe that education should be challenging, engaging, and fun. At RA, it is! I encourage you to visit our Mission and Philosophy to learn more about what resides at the core of our school.

As helpful as it might be, our website can only give you a small sense of what RA is all about. I encourage you to visit our school. Meet our teachers, watch a classroom in action, see our students in the hallways, at lunch, in an art room, or at PE. Feel the energy and enthusiasm they bring to all that they do. The strength of our programs and the culture of kindness in our community is vibrant, and you will feel it best when visiting our campus.

At RA, each child matters, each and every day. Come and see for yourself.

Tom Main
Head of School

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