Ridgewood 2nd Best Among School Group Peers in SAT Scores

The Christie Administration released its new School Performance Reports for the 2011-2012 school year Wednesday.

Eight out of ten Ridgewood High School students met the state's SAT benchmarks last school year, more than all but one of the school's 30 school group peers with similar demographics, according to the Christie administration's 2011-2012 School Performance Reports.

Released Wednesday, the reports are a new version of the long-running School Reports Cards that have measured school performance on a variety of metrics since the 1990s.

The new reports use many of the same sources of data like student achievement, graduation and dropout rates, demographics and class sizes, but they also match each school up with 30 peer schools from across the state. Schools are matched based on demographics, percentage of low-income students, percentage of special needs students and percentage of limited English-speaking students.

Once matched, schools are compared to their peers and with state targets.

Ridgewood counts Indian Hills, Northern Valley-Demarest, Glen Rock, Rutherford, Pascack Hills, Park Ridge and Midland Park among its peers in the county.

Ridgewood's average combined SAT score of 1778 (612.5 in Math, 574.6 in Reading and 591.1 in Writing) is above the state's target score of 1550, and higher than any other school in its peer group spare Holmdel in Monmouth County (1788 composite).

2011-2012 Average SAT scores for Ridgewood High School and Bergen County School Group Peers:

School Math section average Reading section average Writing section average Total SAT average Ridgewood High School 612.5 574.6 591.1


Glen Rock HS 585.3 548.9 554.5


Midland Park HS 525.2 519.9 519.4 1565 Northern Valley Regional (Demarest)  599.3 566.5 596.3 1762 Ramapo HS 564.6 544.8 561.2 1671 Indian Hills HS 546.3 533.5 548.2 1628 Pascack Hills HS (Montvale) 572.1 542.5 560.8 1675 Park Ridge HS 548.6 521.1 537.9 1608 Rutherford HS 517.9 499.4 497.4 1515

Average combined SAT score over past four years

2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 Ridgewood High School 1744 1797 1777



Visit NJ Spotlight.com to view an interactive map of average total SAT scores for all New Jersey high schools in 2011-2012.

Mike Kender April 14, 2013 at 07:20 PM
I'm glad to see that we scored well. The one interesting thing is that it looks like we were grouped into the 2nd-highest income bracket, so we weren't compared to Northern Highlands, Tenafly, Mountain Lakes, and Millburn, all of which many parents in the district view as more important benchmarks than Rutherford or Midland Park. I would be curious to see how we did vs. the wealthiest districts.
Joseph Alvaro April 14, 2013 at 09:12 PM
paul smith April 14, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Well, with all of the stuff that makes the newspapers and local blogs in this town, this is a welcome respite and absolutely WONDERFUL news!!
Karen Cumbo April 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM
As a parent, I'm curious as to what percentage of those who take the SAT at Ridgewood have a SAT tutor or take an SAT prep course. Does anyone have recommendations as to which prep courses are the best?
jp1 April 15, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Go to Paramus patch interactive map for SAT scores, Ridgewood still comes in at #2.
Mikka H April 15, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Eastside dad....you are a classic example of the proverbial Ridgewood Ass&^%$ as evidenced by the comment above.....your just so much better than everyone else aren't you? this is the example that so many people point to when addressing the penny antie millionaires in town that think their S#%+ don't stink....
JR April 15, 2013 at 06:57 PM
I have found Princeton Review courses to be very comprehensive and overall a good experience for my students.
Mike Kender April 16, 2013 at 03:27 AM
There is a well-known correlation between income and SAT scores. The highest-scoring districts are frequently the wealthiest. Northern Highlands (HoHoKus, Allendale and Upper Saddle River) always outscores Midland Park and Glen Rock on the SATs. If we want to claim that we are the best, we need to compare ourselves to the SAT heavyweights - the wealthiest districts. Patch later did post an expanded list, which showed that Ridgewood's SAT scores were above Northern Highlands, which is good. The one district in the county that had better scores than Ridgewood was Teaneck, which is always in the Top 3.
James Kleimann April 16, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Here's the post Eastside Dad is referencing: http://ridgewood.patch.com/articles/high-school-sat-scores-across-bergen-county-interactive-map-4c8ab60d Princeton, West Windsor-Plainsboro, Tenafly and Millburn are usually ahead of Ridgewood with cumulative SAT scores. Still, Ridgewood has been in the top 10 consistently for years. RHS scores are better than that of other wealthy districts like Northern Highlands, Northern Valley Regional, Ramapo-Indian Hills, Glen Ridge, Chatham, Bernardsville, Mountain Lakes, Summit, Livingston, Essex Fells/Caldwells, New Providence, West Mendham Chester, Moorestown, etc. The only schools that I see besting RHS over the last few years are those mentioned above, as well as Montgomery HS in Somerset County, and Rumson-Fair Haven in Monmouth County. No matter how you slice it, Ridgewood is still outperforming a ton of very affluent districts.


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