Ridgefield Public Schools strives to develop standards-based and standards-aligned lessons using the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) for all other subject areas. Daily instruction is focused on meeting the individual and unique learning style of each student. Instruction is generally provided through an integrated model (whole class, small group and one-on-one) of instruction, with emphasis on 21st century skills. Assessments are administered regularly, through quarterly benchmark assessments, and used to measure enduring understanding of concepts and skills. Various data are culled and disaggregated to inform instruction, and further identify additional resources to support learning for all students. Please click on the link below for the Ridgefield Memorial High School Program of Studies.
Core Academic Areas:
English Language Arts
Ridgefield Public Schools’ English Language Arts (ELA) program improves students' academic performance by providing high quality, effective and varied research-based instruction. The district implements research-based educational programs and practices such as Reader's and Writer's Workshops, which consist of the following components: read-a-loud/think-a-loud, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading (sustained silent reading), modeled writing, shared writing, and independent writing (sustained silent writing). Our ELA program includes flexible grouping based on students' needs, one-on-one specific skills instruction, independent reading on students' levels (self-selected and teacher provided), and ongoing, various grade-level assessments to continually inform instruction. Our students develop their reading and creative writing skills through various fiction and non-fiction materials as supported by the Common Core State Standards.
Ridgefield Public Schools’ Math program provides rigorous and challenging curriculum aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). The Mathematics program is designed to promote student mastery of the NJSLS and improve students' academic performance in Mathematics by providing high quality, effective, and varied research-based instruction. The lessons have heavy emphasis on real world connections and math concept integration through cross-curricular applications. Instruction includes direct (whole class), small groups and one-on-one, all of which is based on a hands-on approach and stimulates critical thinking. Assessments are administered regularly and used to inform and enhance instruction. Our math curriculum and instruction focus on key ideas and deeply develop concepts. All lessons are carefully designed to:
- Include continual practice and review of skill
- Teach for depth of understanding
- Provide for differentiated instruction
- Develop math proficiency in all areas
Our Science program provides an inquiry-based and interactive science education aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and NJSLS. Our program is based on the premise that science is an active process. Learning science is something that students do, not something that is done to them. "Hands-on" activities, while essential, are not enough. Students must have "minds-on" experiences as well. Inquiry is central to learning science. When engaging in inquiry, students describe objects and events, ask questions, construct explanations, test those explanations against current scientific knowledge, and communicate their ideas to others. They identify their assumptions, use critical and logical thinking, and consider alternative explanations. Our students actively develop their understanding of science by combining scientific knowledge with reasoning and thinking skills.
Our Social Studies program is aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, which includes four core areas: History, Geography, Civics, and Economics. We support the use of current events and textbooks to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be active, informed, responsible, and contributing members of our society. Instruction includes interdisciplinary connections among these areas. Instruction can also be based on one or more of these core disciplines or a combination of these in the problem-solving or inquiry mode.
Students at Ridgefield Public Schools take World Language class as early as Kindergarten. Our program is based on current pedagogical research on effective approaches to language acquisition. We provide sequential language learning experience that aims to develop language proficiency that is appropriate to each grade level. Our program is aligned to the state standards and include the following goals:
Acquire proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing the target language
Acquire an understanding of and appreciation for other cultures
Reinforce learning of the general curriculum content through the study of world language, and
Develop students as language learners