The Lower School campus serves pre-nursery through grade 6 in a beautiful agricultural region of Bridgehampton. It includes gardens, play areas, trails, and a farm. Separate building spaces for grade levels are customized with age-appropriate furnishings. The Barn building houses administrative offices, the library, the art studio, and the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR), as well as Early Childhood classes. The Farmhouse, built as the original house for the potato farm that was on the property, is used for kindergarten, music, and learning support. The Leonard Building is shared by grades 1 and 2, along with Mandarin and Spanish classes. Grades 3 through 6 are situated in the Green Building, as is the science lab. Wellness classes and our K–6 lunch program take place in the Field House. An age-appropriate playground for Early Childhood students is sited near the Farmyard, while one for students in grades K–6 is located adjacent to the Green Building. All the buildings on the campus are connected by walkways and surrounded by grass and trees.
Ross Upper School inhabits a unique set of spaces that reflect an unparalleled educational and aesthetic standard. The emphasis of the buildings and grounds is on intention; these are places that waken the senses and inspire people to interact significantly, to inquire broadly and deeply, and to seek the highest of themselves. The design achieves a balance of the tactile and the technological, as well as an integration of the elements of light, fire, stone, water, and wood. The school is home to original art, fine reproductions, and artifacts from all over the world, as well as advanced technology campuswide, a state-of-the-art treetop dining area, and incomparably beautiful and versatile performing arts, science, visual arts, media, and sports facilities spread across a sprawling campus in East Hampton, New York.
The design of Ross School instantiates a philosophy of the classroom as a living environment easily adapted to various educational purposes. The spaces can be adjusted to suit the needs of a formal lecture, individual and collaborative student projects, multimedia presentations, and seminar discussions. An emphasis has been placed on combining the indoor and outdoor elements so that nature is a component in the design intent of classroom spaces, some of which may be dedicated to a specific purpose, but all of which share the capability of being reconfigured for multiple uses. Because all Ross students have laptop computers, the concept of the classroom extends beyond walls or even buildings, as network access abounds throughout the campus.