Welcome to Ox Ridge Elementary School for the 2015 – 16 school year!

Ox Ridge is a Pre-K – 5 school deeply committed to serving the individualized educational needs of approximately 450 students. Exceptional faculty and staff work hand in hand with administration and families to focus on our shared mission of developing happy, healthy life-long learners.

All adults in the Ox Ridge school community are guided by steadfast dedication to understand and support each and every student in their growth. Across our varied curricula students at Ox Ridge engage in:

  • Deep, critical thought about interesting ideas
  • Carefully supported risk taking
  • High levels of responsible, kind collaboration with peers and adults
  • Reflection on their strengths and areas for continuous improvement
  • Growth in their love of learning
  • Contributing to a positive, healthy school climate for all

Our robustly developed and dedicated Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) strengthens the school community immeasurably.  We encourage you to visit their website to learn about and potentially participate in this vibrant organization.

Ox Ridge values open and on-going collaboration between school and home. This partnership is vital in working together to successfully educate children.  Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or either of us should you have questions or concerns throughout the school year!

Looking forward,

Luke Forshaw, Ed.D -  Principal

Christina Ulreich - Assistant Principal





This year, the Smarter Balanced assessments replace the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) in reading, writing and mathematics. All Connecticut students enrolled in grades 3-8, and grade 11, are being scheduled to participate in these assessments between March and June.

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Expanded use of ASPEN for

Student Contact & Medical Emergency Information

Sharing Directory Info & Email/Text Notifications

Darien is now using ASPEN, a secure Web-based information management system to collect contact and medical emergency information and for parents to request non-disclosure of directory information for students.  School Messenger will be used for email/text notifications in place of Ed Alert.

Please click here for more information

Please click here for a 2014-2015 Important Alert

Weather-related Procedure Information

 Safe School Climate Plan

As required by Connecticut Public Act 11-232, “An Act Concerning the Strengthening of School Bullying Laws”, on December 13, 2011 the Darien Board of Education approved a Safe School Climate Plan. To view click here. This plan is a supplement to Board of Education Policy 5245, Bullying Prevention and Intervention. To view click here.

Web Prepayment system for school meals available now!

With LunchPrepay.com you never have to worry about lost lunch money again. LunchPrepay.com is a secure, easy and convenient way to apply funds directly to your student's account online. You can even check the account balance and keep an eye on what your student is buying! As an added convenience, parents can receive a Low Balance notification email alerting the parent that the student’s account will need another payment applied soon.

www.LunchPrepay.com has been designed to make it easy for you to know exactly what information you need to provide and to guide you through the process.

Membership Details:

  • $10 Membership fee (one-time only)
  • Deposit money with ease using your debit or credit card
  • Flexibility to deposit money into multiple student accounts with one payment
  • View Account Balances
  • View 90 day Meal History
  • Low Balance Notification via email

To learn more visit www.LunchPrepay.com to register, you simply need your student’s district student Id #. If you do not have this number you may obtain it from your student’s school.

Green Cleaning Programs in Schools (CT PUBLIC ACT 09-81)

The State of Connecticut is requiring that each local and regional board of education implement a green cleaning program for all school buildings and facilities in its district.

The Darien Public Schools is committed to the implementation of this law by providing the staff and the parents and guardians of each child enrolled in each school with a written statement of the school district’s green cleaning program as well as making it available on its web site annually.

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