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Philosophy and Mission
Core Values
Founder's Vision
History of the School

Philosophy and Mission

Our mission is to change the way education meets the future; to foster interdisciplinary, integrated thinking and innovative leadership; to engage fully in the global community; and to facilitate lifelong learning.

Located in East Hampton and Bridgehampton, New York, Ross School was founded in 1991 by Courtney and Steven J. Ross. They recognized that preparing students to meet the challenges of the 21st century requires innovative models to transform education. Aided by the research of many educational pioneers and leading thinkers, they set out to expand upon some of the best practices in K–12 education, combining them with the notion that leadership in an increasingly connected and rapidly changing world demands cultivating a global perspective and embracing technology. The resulting model offers a complete and uniquely individual educational experience to students from pre-nursery through grade 12.

"Lamentably, most schools in the United States and abroad are preparing students for the last century. Ross School stands out in a number of ways: it has a clear international and global orientation; the curriculum is intelligently and determinedly interdisciplinary; materials and teaching styles are sensitive in the best sense to the strengths of different individuals and diverse cultures; comfortable use of the new technologies is part of the DNA of the institution. Graduates of this school should be well prepared for the challenges of the next years."  –HOWARD GARDNER


The Ross educational experience aims to impart to young people a 21st century skill set and the inspiration that will motivate them to keep their minds actively engaged in learning. Ross School offers a dynamic environment where students take an active role in their learning. The School stresses direct personal experiences, inquiry through primary sources, and hands-on interpretation and analysis of information. Within a curricular framework based in world cultural history, classroom activities are designed and presented to integrate the arts, writing, literature, health and well-being, and computer technology. Children learn that each domain (i.e., discipline) is a valid tool for exploring topics, addressing real-life situations, solving problems, making informed decisions, and expressing findings. The connections across disciplines are highlighted both as reinforcement of the ideas presented and as a reflection of the nature of the world.

Ross students are encouraged to dream and imagine, to remember the past in order to understand the present, and to embrace the future.