Sign In

Share Share E-mail E-mail Print Print


For students entering grades 7–12 who live outside of eastern Long Island, Ross School now offers two boarding options. Students may choose to board at the school full-time, or for five days a week. The boarding program is a wonderful opportunity for students to prepare for the increased independence and responsibility of college academics and to share their own unique background and experiences with others.

Five-day boarders are able to participate fully in the Ross experience, including athletics and extracurricular clubs. Meals are taken at the renowned Ross Café, and students can work with partners on class projects, perform in concerts, and join study sessions on weeknights, and then return to their families on weekends for the best of both worlds.

Full-time boarders enjoy the same experiences during the week, as well as partaking in a range of activities both on and off campus on the weekends. Weekend offerings may include recreational sports tournaments, local shopping, movies, amusement parks, or trips to New York City for a show, museums, or exploration.

Boarding students reside in luxurious family-style houses with faculty house parents. They follow the same daily program of study as day students, with the added dimension of intercultural interactions and dialogues to enhance the Ross experience.

Boarding Life
Learning to live away from home and to be independent is a major milestone for any teenager. The Ross boarding houses are designed to give students a home-like feeling, complete with spacious bedrooms, private bathrooms, a living room, kitchen and study rooms. Ross faculty house parents reside in the boarding houses to create a safe, welcoming living environment. The house parents are accessible to parents and work closely with both the Director of Student Life and teachers to ensure students are doing well. Ross boarding students have a strong support network on which to rely, including house parents, faculty, ESOL teachers and the Director of Residential Life. Living in a boarding house with students from all over the world is an exciting and educational experience.

English for Speakers of Other Languages
Students are integrated into the School’s unique Spiral Curriculum while improving their English proficiency through placement in skills-appropriate ESOL classes. The three levels in the ESOL program—Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced—are designed to meet the needs of a variety of students and allow greater flexibility in the program. The goal of the ESOL program is to move students to English fluency as quickly as possible so that they can be successful in the mainstream, college preparatory program at Ross School.

The Hamptons
Ross School enjoys an ideal setting on the East End of Long Island, a place where magnificent beaches and breathtaking natural beauty are the norm. The Hamptons offers a relaxed pace, clean air, friendly community and many country pleasures. It also happens to be near one of the world’s most exciting cities, New York City, and three major international airports. Boarding students from the New York City area are able to commute home on the weekends by train or bus.

While Ross students become deeply involved in the local community they are also encouraged to take advantage of the vibrant culture of New York City. Easily accessible by bus, train or car, the city’s museums, theaters, restaurants, galleries, cafes, bookstores and music venues are an important real-world supplement to in-class learning.

Weekend Activities
Full-time boarders have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of weekend activities that take advantage of our local area and close proximity to New York City. Regional sporting events, museums, galleries, theaters, shopping, bowling, movies, karaoke, sailing, surfing and biking are just some of the many activities offered on the weekends. Students have sufficient time on the weekends to enjoy activities as well as to study and unwind.

We welcome your inquiry and application to the Ross School and to the beginning of an exciting new educational journey.
Q. What are the boarding houses like?
A. Students live in intimate boarding houses with house parents. Each house has a common room that students can gather in to relax and watch television or movies. There are also quiet areas dedicated to studying.

Q. What are the rooms like?
A. Students living in boarding houses have one or more roommates and share a bathroom and community living spaces. Students living with host families generally have private bedrooms. All accommodations include Internet access, closet, and study area.

Q. Where might fellow students come from?
A. The Ross student body is an economically, racially and religiously diverse community from various towns on the East End of Long Island, with an expanding body of national and international students. The current student body represents Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, China, Georgia, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

Q. What percentage of the students are boarders?
A. Ross School hosts approximately 250 boarders (67% of students in grades 7–12) from 26 different countries, including the United States.

Q. How is the food?
A. Excellent! Boarding students eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Ross School Café. Professional chefs prepare meals using regional, organic, seasonal and sustainable foods. There are always vegetarian options available. The Café menu is available online at

Q. What is a typical day like at Ross School?
A. 7:30am    Breakfast at Ross School Café
  8:00am    Classes begin
  4:00pm    Classes end
  4:05pm    Afternoon commitments begin
                  (sports, theater, clubs)
  5:00pm    Dinner at Ross School Café
  6:30pm    Students return to houses
10:30pm    Lights out