The school derived its name from the Native American tribe that inhabited Stamford and the surrounding area before European settlement.
Located on High Ridge Rd, at the center of the City of Stamford, Rippowam Middle School has an interesting history. The school opened in the fall of 1961 as the second high school in the city.-Go Warriors!, (Baseball star Bobby Valentine was a standout football & baseball athlete and I went there too!). The high school remained open until 1983.
It’s building has served different educational age groups over the years. The building has been used for adult education, and was the home for the Magnet Middle School before the school moved to Scofieldtown Rd and was a temporary location for the Hart Elementary School.
The campus became the site of Rippowam Middle School in 2001.
The Academy of Information Technology and Engineering (AITE), a regional magnet high school shared the building with Rippowam Middle School until August 2007, when it moved to its own building behind Rippowam.
Rippowam is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) school. IB program is founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968, the IB offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. There are three key concepts of the IB program used to plan the curriculum:
Holistic Learning: Teachers work together to design interdisciplinary unit planning, leading students to see learning as interrelated.
Intercultural: Students learn about their own culture and society as they learn about others.
Community: Rules and Regulations for students are shared with parents and the community. Rippowam supports inquiry, reflection and expression in multiple forms, and promotes community and global awareness.
The Connecticut State Department of Education recently awarded the prestigious 21st Century Community Learning grant s to the Rippowam Middle School. The grant is intended to help students through the use of science-based practices and extended learning time. Rippowam is to receive $807,500 over the next five years, the money is intended to serve 110 students per year.
Rippowam has a large, well-equipped auditorium and is home to its own drama group. High School Musical 2 is announced as their 2017 production. Rippowam also hosted for All School Musical several years, presenting the young talents from every school in the city.