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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

  •                
    COVID-19 Communications

    October 23, 2020

    View COVID-19 notification letters.

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    Student Awards & Recognition

    October 23, 2020

    RHS students honored by National Merit Scholarship Program. French, Latin and Spanish students attain national recognition.

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    Sustainable Jersey for Schools

    October 22, 2020

    Somerville School achieves Sustainable Jersey for Schools bronze-level certification.

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    Innovation in Action

    October 14, 2020

    Seven RHS invent teams qualified for the STEAM Tank Regional competition and have earned the privilege of advanced entry into this season's regional qualifiers.

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    On the superintendent's desk

    September 29, 2020

    Read Dr. Fishbein's September column, "School is back in session with a new look and new protocols."

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    Announcement from the Superintendent

    September 25, 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 latest communication dated September 25, 2020.

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    New - Communications Central

    September 25, 2020

    A new communications page can be accessed via a button on the homepage of the district website or under Our District/Public Information. Visit this page to find newsletters, press releases, correspondence, flyers, and more.

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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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    Staff 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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    Summer Facilities Projects

    August 20, 2020

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

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Upcoming Events
   Board of Education Meeting
   Nov 02 2020 at 07:00 PM
   Professional Development Day - No School for Students
   Nov 03 2020
   Election Day
   Nov 03 2020
   Schools Closed - NJEA Convention
   Nov 05 2020
   Schools Closed - NJEA Convention
   Nov 06 2020
   New Teacher Meeting (Years 1 & 3)
   Nov 10 2020 at 03:30 PM
   Board of Education Meeting
   Nov 16 2020 at 07:00 PM