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Welcome to the Ridgewood Public Schools

Dr. Leonard Fitts
Interim Superintendent of Schools


It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Ridgewood Public Schools. I have joined the district in the capacity of Interim Superintendent. This is an exciting time for me when I think of the endless possibilities and opportunities to continue the extraordinary work that is the hallmark of the Ridgewood school district.

Established in 1894, the Ridgewood Public Schools, committed to a tradition of excellence and innovation, have a long-standing history of delivering a high-quality education focused on maximizing the unique potential of every learner. Our vision is to inspire a passion for lifelong learning within each student and to prepare them for future success in the 21st-century workplace by fostering and nurturing critical thinking, empathy, creativity, and resilience. 

Ridgewood is the largest single-town school system in Bergen County. The district comprises ten schools: one preschool, six elementary schools (K-5), two middle schools (6-8), and one high school (9-12). Instruction and school services are provided by approximately 620 contracted employees, and 78% of the district's teachers possess a master’s degree or higher. The expertise and dedication of the faculty and staff are reflected in their ongoing commitment to professional growth and cumulative years of service to the students of Ridgewood.

The innovative and robust program of studies, along with state-of-the-art facilities and technology, provides students with a challenging yet supportive learning environment. The district is continually recognized with awards and accolades for school and individual achievements in all areas from academics to arts to athletics. A broad array of extracurricular activities tap into each student’s unique potential and enrich the overall experience, providing outlets to explore and cultivate talents and interests. 

From financial support for facility and instructional enhancements to the support for integration of student experiences, we are grateful for the many partnerships that strengthen our school community.

I look forward to connecting with you as we work together to continue to provide a stellar education for all students in the Ridgewood Public Schools.





Contact Us
Leonard Fitts, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent of Schools 

[email protected]
201-670-2700, ext. 10530


Lucy Papamichael
Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent

[email protected]  
201-670-2700, ext. 10530

(Fax) 201-670-2668 

Charlene Labenda
Public Information Officer
clabenda@ridgewood.k12.nj.us

201-670-2700, ext. 10555


Mailing Address
The Ridgewood Public Schools
Education Center
49 Cottage Place
Ridgewood, NJ 07451

Main Phone
201-670-2700



Dr. Leonard Fitts