Education & Schools

K-12 Schools

Ridgefield schools, with a school district population of around 17,000, have established a glowing reputation for academic achievement; students and schools in the district consistently score among the highest in the state. A 2012 voter-approved $47 million bond measure allowed for the construction of new facilities, sports fields, and necessary infrastructure to accommodate growth. For more information, visit www.ridgefieldsd.org.

South Ridge Elementary School

South Ridge Elementary School is one of two elementary schools in Ridgefield. It is located at 502 NW 199th Street and teaches children from kindergarten through sixth grade. The school strives in its mission to create life-long learners and self-managing citizens in a changing world. For more information visit their website.

 Union Ridge Elementary School

Union Ridge Elementary School is the second elementary school in Ridgefield and is located in the heart of downtown. Inspired by the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, the school calls itself a “Refuge for Learning.” They take pride in being the home of the Tater Tots and teaching future Spudders! For more information, visit their website.

View Ridge Middle School

View Ridge Middle School is home to seventh and eighth graders and is the city’s only middle school. The school is located on Pioneer Street in downtown, right next to the baseball and soccer fields. View Ridge believes that all students have the right to learn in a safe, caring, and supportive environment while instilling pride in being a REBEL! For more information, visit their website.

Ridgefield High School

Ridgefield High School, the one and only home of the Spudders, is located on Hillhurst Road and teaches freshman through seniors. Besides cheering on the Spudder sports teams, the school’s goal is to provide quality education for every student. Students are expected to challenge themselves both inside and outside of the classroom in order to prepare for the real world.  For more information, visit their website.


Higher Education

Ridgefield is close to a variety of higher education institutions. Whether you’re new to school, a returning student, or looking to take come courses for fun, you have easy access to a variety of educational options.

Washington

Clark College

1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663
(360) 699-NEXT (6398)
www.clark.edu

Located in Vancouver, Washington, Clark College is a mid-size, two-year community college offering undergraduate programs. In addition to providing a variety of associate degrees, general adult education and preparation for four-year university degrees, Clark College has programs in nursing, dental hygiene and industrial arts such as welding and auto maintenance.

Coming to Ridgefield – Clark College at Boschma Farms
Clark College has purchased nearly 60 acres of land that will become the location of a new campus serving the northern portion of the college’s service district through a generous $3.1 million gift from the Boschma Family LLC. Hank and Bernice Boschma are excited to be a part of expanding educational opportunities for students in the region, including first-generation and immigrant students. The college’s 2007 Facilities Master Plan identified North County as an area where the college could fulfill its mission of providing access to an underserved area of the service district.

In April 2015, the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges prioritized building projects for the upcoming biennium. According to that prioritization, the North County Campus building will receive design funding in the 2017-2019 budget, and likely receive construction funding in the 2019-2021 budget. The acreage is located in Ridgefield on the east side of North 65th Avenue, north of Pioneer Street and northeast of the Interstate 5 and Pioneer Street interchange.

Washington State University, Vancouver

14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98686
(360) 546-9788
www.vancouver.wsu.edu

One of four campuses making up the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of progress in providing access to baccalaureate-level education for Southwest Washington. As the only four-year research university in this part of the state, the university offers big-school resources in a small-school environment and fuels the region’s economic growth.Lower Columbia College

Lower Columbia College

1600 Maple Street
Longview, WA 98632
(360) 442-2311
http://lowercolumbia.edu/

Lower Columbia College is a public, two-year institution of higher education located in Longview, Washington. The college offers degrees in vocational and technical education as well as worker retraining. It also offers university transfer programs.


Portland

There are also a variety of colleges and universities located in Portland, a 30-minute drive from Ridgefield:

Community

Portland Community College 


Four-Year Schools

Portland State University

Lewis & Clark College

Reed College

University of Portland

Marylhurst University

Concordia University


Medicine

Oregon Health and Science University

University of Western States

National College of Natural Medicine

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine


Culinary

Oregon Culinary Institute

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Portland

Northwest Culinary Institute


Art

Art Institute of Portland

Oregon College of Art and Craft

Pacific Northwest College of Art