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Ridgefield Academy Starts New School Year With 550-Plus Students

Emma Hayes-Setterlund of Wilton enjoys the outdoors at Ridgefield Academy, which returned to class last week.
Emma Hayes-Setterlund of Wilton enjoys the outdoors at Ridgefield Academy, which returned to class last week. Photo Credit: Margaret Cissel
Beibhinn, Aiden, Isla and Finlay Geaney of South Salem are ready for the new school year at Ridgefield Academy.
Beibhinn, Aiden, Isla and Finlay Geaney of South Salem are ready for the new school year at Ridgefield Academy. Photo Credit: Margaret Cissel
Boys play soccer while enjoying time out of the classroom during the opening week at Ridgefield Academy.
Boys play soccer while enjoying time out of the classroom during the opening week at Ridgefield Academy. Photo Credit: Margaret Cissel

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ridgefield Academy welcomed more than 550 students in its four campuses as a new school year started last week.

Ridgefield Academy celebrates its 43rd year, while its Ridgefield campus has been home to K-8 students since 1999. Over the years, the school has expanded to serve more children by opening three satellite preschools in Redding and Westport as well as Bedford, N.Y.

The school continues to grow and thrive. The newest Landmark Preschool campus in Bedford is only two years old. Last year, there were a total of eight 2-year-olds enrolled. This fall, the school welcomes 27 2- and 3-year-olds to the program, a testament to Landmark Preschool and Ridgefield Academy, its program, and strong sense of community.

RA is continuing to build on two initiatives introduced last year. The Tinker Lab and Innovation Lab are dedicated to “hands-on” learning experiences where students can discover science and technology concepts. The lab has expanded and is ready for eager minds to build and explore with an emphasis on creative problem solving, a key to every child’s success. The second initiative is the Center for Innovation and Learning. The Center continues to focus on assessing and expanding RA curriculum to match technological change, and integrate findings into the student learning experience, especially in programs such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Ongoing support will challenge students of all abilities as well as focus on curriculum enhancements and teacher professional development. The Center has partnered with the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and on Sept. 18 from 11-5 p.m., the Aldrich will host a Community Day: Hands-On with STEAM event. Ridgefield Academy students will be showcasing their STEAM projects from the Center, Art, and Science classes, and extracurricular clubs. Students will also be on hand to help visitors navigate hands-on and prototyping activities.

Ridgefield Academy continues to stay true to the core elements of being the school that keeps students engaged and inspired. RA values a changing and forward thinking curriculum. The school promotes both public speaking and active writing to provide students the confidence they need to become well-rounded individuals.

Other signature programs include character development, community service, digital arts, physical fitness and healthy eating. All programs empower children to grow, take risks, and make decisions for themselves, all the while learning resourcefulness and resilience.

For more information about Ridgefield Academy, click here to visit its website.

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