The Ridge School is a not-for-profit organization located in Dutchess County, New York dedicated to the creation of a rich and positive setting for students who are not succeeding in their current educational placements. The Ridge School is a day school for students who are diagnosed with high functioning Autism and Asperger's.
We emphasize skills learning through experience and provide students the opportunity to learn through interaction and investigation. Using the scaffolding method, students may advance, through a series of steps, from their entrance levels to increased competence in academics, socialization, communication, and independence.
Our goal is to support the students to a point where they become less reliant on us and on school. Through this increased self-reliance and self-understanding, students will be able to be mainstreamed back in to less restrictive settings, take advantage of their unique abilities, and become productive citizens.
Support for parents is also an integral part of the Ridge School program.