middle school students

Principal's Message

Dear Visitors, 

Welcome to the East Ridge School website. Please take your time and explore the full website to see all that we have to offer.  

My philosophy is to empower each student to maximize his or her potential, find his or her passions, and to develop a love of learning. The curriculum is carefully planned and modified to meet each student's needs, foster curiosity, and provide opportunities to become innovative problem solvers. Our school serves 766 students in sixth through eighth grades. We implement an interdisciplinary team approach to teaching, so each grade has three teams and each team has one teacher in each of the four core subjects: math, social studies, science, and English. Teaming divides a large grade into smaller learning communities. These communities benefit our students and teachers in getting to know one another we develop into capable and contributing members of our larger school community and citizens of the world.

We offer stimulating and developmentally appropriate academic programs, which include a variety of subjects and opportunities to meet our students' diverse needs and desires. This year we are going one-to-one, with each student and staff member receiving a Chromebook. This tool will allow us to provide a more personalized learning experience in all academic areas. This is an exciting time to develop our students’ skills in communication, collaboration, and creative problem solving. 

Lastly, East Ridge School is a place where students and staff work together to learn how to explore ideas, ask questions, express ourselves, solve problems, build our community, and appreciate our world. Together we build a respectful community in which we all practice compassion, honesty, responsibility, and citizenship. 


Patricia Raneri

Patricia Raneri