Ridge High School Overview268 So Finley Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 , Tel: +1 (908) 204-2585 Bernards Township Public School District
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Type: Public High School
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Ridge High School Ratings & Reviews
This school is good if you're a cookie cutter student. But if you're in any way struggling due to mental disorders, this school administration does not care about you. They will treat you as a problem instead of a human being needing understanding and professional/medical help. No compassion at all. The treatment we received here nearly destroyed the educational careers and mental health of myself and one of my siblings. The curriculum and the teachers are very good for the most part but the administration is completely awful. It's possible they've changed in the last few years but I doubt it.
Many of you will probably not take the word of a high school student. Knowing this, I would just like to say that this school might have higher test score or a better rating but they are not deserving of a 10. From the first day I transferred there, they treated me horribly. They told me I wasn't capable of doing the things I had done at my previous school. They turn a blind eye to cheating and they do not care for your child's emotional problems or any of there problems. I have friends who are considering home school and moving to a completely new district just so they can go to another school. My only hope with this post is that you reconsider moving to this area and look into other options . Guidance counselors have made my experience so unbearable that I haveve decided to speak out.
Some teachers are outstanding, however some (though very few) are not able to challenge the kids to an extent, kids are capable of. I hope, these teachers can go through some training program, so kids can benefit maximum out of the teacher as well.
Yes - Ridge is rated as a high performing school. However, sadly this is mostly due to the extremely competitive students and aggressive parents in the community. The school does offer a challenging curriculum. However, not all teachers are competent enough to prepare students to perform well in these courses. While students in neighboring schools are able to excel in the most challenging AP courses, most high achieving Ridge students are forced to seek outside help/tutoring in order to excel. Student performance/grades, most times does not reflect the quality of teaching at the school but the quality of outside tutoring. Hence it is no surprise that tutors and tutoring schools in this area charge $90 - $120 per hour for tutoring. We feel the school can reach new heights if the administration made an effort to get student/parent feed back regarding teachers and make teachers accountable for student performance. When the school has high expectations from students who take these challenging courses, is it too much for students/parents to expect the same from the teachers/school?
We moved from Maplewood S Orange area because of our dissatisfaction with the high school there and the ridiculous taxes we paid for a deteriorating high school. When my daughter started her freshmen year at Ridge, within weeks she was embracing it and raving about how much better the teaching was. She went from being on average student to straight A's at a much more difficult school compared to Columbia in Maplewood. The difference? Better administration, well kept facilities, excellent student to teacher ratio and leadership that from what I can see, knows who to hire. The music programs are beyond most in the country. The performing arts center is like being transported to Juilliard. Rock on Ridge!
New Jersey Education Statistics
- No High School5%
- Some High School34%
- Some College20%
- Associate Degree6%
- Bachelor Degree22%
- Graduate Degree13%
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