New Service Learning Program Started
Our Middle School Alternative Program has initiated a Service Leaning Program. As part of the program, each student is required to complete 30 minutes of service learning each week. Mrs. Courtney Chandler, our Restorative Interventionist, coordinates this program. Service learning gives students an authentic educational experience while teaching empathy. That's about as important as it gets. Through service learning, students get a chance to contribute to our school community and learn that they can make a difference. There are many benefits to service learning such as developing leadership skills and abilities. Some of the activities in which our students participate are peer tutoring, assisting in our garden project, assisting custodians with tasks around the building and assisting teachers with small jobs. Students enjoy the opportunity to give back to their school.
BIG NEWS! Ridgedale was one of 7 Knox County schools to be selected to be a Model Trauma Informed School.
Ridgedale was one of 7 Knox County schools to be selected to be a Model Trauma Informed School. In a Trauma Informed School, the adults in the school community are prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress. Those adults include administrators, teachers, staff and parents. Trauma Informed Schools provide students with clear expectations and communication strategies to guide them through stressful situations. The goal in a model Trauma Informed School is to not only cope with extreme situations but to create an underlying culture of respect and support.
Becoming a model Trauma Informed School aligns with the many practices Ridgedale already has in place. This designation will allow us as a school and community to not only continue, but also increase our system of supports, meeting the social, emotional, academic, and physical needs of every Ridgedale student.
School Supplies Accepted for Ridgedale
Due to the specialized instruction which takes place at Ridgedale School, we do not require that parents/families send in school supplies. However, we welcome donations of certain items which support instruction. We are always in need of the following items:
- Hand Sanitizer
- Individually wrapped snacks (such as gold fish, crackers etc.)
- Dry erase markers
- Notebook paper
- 2-Pocket Folders
- Disinfecting Wipes
Any of these items would be greatly appreciated!
Located beside the grassy hills of Ridgedale park, Ridgedale School provides students in our area the opportunity to acquire a first class education in a structured, wholesome environment. Every year, educators looking for a great challenge choose Ridgedale as their destination school.
Teachers, principals and support staff are the driving force behind our educational mission. Ridgedale School is committed to fostering a workplace culture that values employee contributions, equips employees to meet their professional goals and supports employees in the work of teaching and learning.
We believe that ALL students deserve a rigorous, engaging academic program complete with social/emotional support that prepares them to re-enter the traditional school setting.
Knox County Schools is committed to increasing academic achievement, eliminating disparities, and creating a positive culture.