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Special Programs

Welcome to Special Programs

The Ridgewood Public Schools recognizes its responsibilities to locate, identify and provide appropriate services for students in the district who may have special needs and/or disabilities. These special services are administered by the Special Programs Office and are consistent with both State and Federal regulations. Ridgewood's special programs include Basic Skills instruction, English as a Second Language Instruction and Special Education programs and related services.

Our Mission

To support students, teachers and parents in our community to address the diverse needs of students through a variety of programs so that they can access the curriculum to improve academically, socially, and emotionally.


Special programs staff




District News

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    Announcement from the Superintendent

    September 14, 2020

    Dr. Fishbein, Superintendent of Schools, announced his retirement resignation in a letter to the Ridgewood school community. Read more to view Dr. Fishbein's letter, as well as a letter from Mr. Michael Lembo, President of the Board of Education.

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    2020 Community Art Project

    September 14, 2020

    The goal of this community art project, A Wish for the World, is to spread the message of HOPE. Watch the video clip explaining this special project and learn more.

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    New - Communications Central

    September 14, 2020

    A new communications page can be found on the district website under Our District/Public Information. Visit this page to find newsletters, press releases, correspondence, flyers, and more.

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    Honors & Awards

    September 02, 2020

    This year's Ashby Award winner is Dr. Jean Schoenlank, Principal of Ridge School. The Tradition of Excellence Award winner is Annette Tucker, Classroom Aide at GWMS. Congratulations!

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    Census 2020

    September 01, 2020

    Ridgewood has reached an 80% completion rate. Fill out the census and help us reach 100% participation. Everyone counts!

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    Summer Facilities Projects

    August 20, 2020

    Our summer facilities projects are underway. See what has been happening around the district.

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    August 18, 2020

    Parents, Guardians and Staff - You can now take advantage of our text messaging service for important alerts and announcements.

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    On the superintendent's desk

    June 26, 2020

    Read Dr. Fishbein's June column - Who Will We Be on the Other Side of the Storm?

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    Sustainable Jersey for Schools

    June 09, 2020

    Somerville School is a 2020 Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant recipient!

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    AlphaBEST Education

    May 12, 2020

    AlphaBEST Education will be providing before and after school programs for the 2020-2021 school year. Learn more about their offerings.

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Upcoming Events
   New Teacher Meeting (Years 2 & 4)
   Sep 22 2020 at 03:30 PM
   Schools Closed - Yom Kippur
   Sep 28 2020
   Board of Education Meeting
   Oct 05 2020 at 07:00 PM
   New Teacher Meeting (Years 1 & 3)
   Oct 06 2020 at 03:30 PM
   Schools Closed
   Oct 12 2020
   Coffee & Conversation with the Superintendent
   Oct 15 2020 at 10:00 AM
   Board of Education Meeting
   Oct 19 2020 at 07:00 PM