Ridgewood Nursery School
is now RNS Academy
Same Amazing Staff & New Private Facility
Engaged Students
Interactive Learning
and Activities
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Our Mission

RNS Academy is dedicated to providing a safe, warm, and caring environment where children learn through play and hands-on exploration. We believe the correct balance of play, thematically based curriculums, and the support and care of nurturing staff help inspire children to learn while having fun. 

Your child is about to begin an exciting learning journey!

Nursery, Preschool & Elementary School Programs


Ages 0-1


Ages 4-5


Ages 1-2

Transitional Kindergarten

Ages 5-6

Little Learners

Ages 2-3

Afternoon Enrichment

Early Elementary Students

Young Pre-K

Ages 3-4


Summer & Holiday Camps


RNS’s staff is so welcoming, the teachers, aides, and directors are like family. They are warm and kind, really engage with the children and give everyone individual attention.

Cinthya H.

We cannot express how much we have appreciated and loved watching Joey grow at RNS. Maria's dedication and passion for her school is so obvious and that is why our Joey adores her & RNS. She and her team have always been there for us and the true charisma is exemplified with the daily experiences at RNS. RNS has taken Joey under their wing and has been nurturing and has made his first experiences of any type of school a positive one. What Joe and I are truly grateful for is how Maria and Donna are always available and also happily provide feedback so that our family and the school experience can blend into one great growing experience for Joey!

Melanie & Joe Giovatto


Thank you for all the love and care and thoughtful instruction you and the other teachers shared with our boys. They really thrived at RNS. I remember when we joined your school you said that it was likely that they would be reading by the end of the year - honestly, I was very skeptical about that! Now, it looks like they will be reading by the time they start school in the fall, and I want you to know that I credit you and your school for laying the foundation and doing so much of the important work to get them ready for this turning point. We are very grateful for everything you did for our boys.

Gabe B.

Our family has had an incredibly positive experience with RNS. After several disappointing and frustrating experiences with other local pre-school programs, we finally found a school and a community that welcomed our family and provided our daughter with the excellent education and support that we were seeking. As part of Maria D’Arpa’s 5 TK program, we watched our daughter excel academically and socially far beyond our expectations. Even through the COVID-19 crisis, it was clear that the entire staff was dedicated to ensuring that all students were continuously being cared for and connected. We recommend the RNS program highly and enthusiastically to all families looking for the perfect pre-school.

Lisa S.

RNS has been a wonderful experience for our entire family. Both of my
daughters went to RNS and had the extraordinary opportunity to learn,
socialize and develop in a nurturing environment with dedicated
teachers. While we are sad to say goodbye, RNS empowered our children
with confidence and prepared them with a robust skill set for a
successful Kindergarten adventure.

Nancy M

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