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.
History and Accreditation
Ross School was founded in 1991 by Courtney and Steven J. Ross. They recognized that preparing students to meet the challenges of an increasingly connected and rapidly changing world requires innovative models to transform education, and set to work to meet those challenges. Drawing on pedagogical research from leading education experts, the resulting model incorporates a global perspective; integrated, hands-on learning; and active problem solving.
Within five years of its founding, Ross School expanded from its initial cohort of just three students to become a middle school serving dozens of girls in grades 5–8. The school expanded, grade by grade, adding boys to the student body in 1997, thereby creating a coeducational high school, and Ross School's first graduating class earned their diplomas in 2001. In 2006, the Upper School further expanded by welcoming boarding students in 2008. Currently, Ross School serves about 420 students in pre-nursery through grade 12, as well as domestic and international boarding students from more than 20 countries.
Ross School is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) and Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA), and was awarded the first International Credential ever given by MSA. MSA has also recognized Ross as a Program of Distinction in Global Literacies.
Based on over two decades of educational research and practical implementation, the Ross Learning System offers curriculum across eight integrated disciplines: Cultural History, World Languages and Literature, Science, Mathematics, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Media Studies and Technology, and Wellness. Within these courses, more than 500 interdisciplinary and discipline-specific units are available for students from early childhood to postgraduate level. Each unit provides learning experiences, assessments, integrated projects, and all student and teacher resources necessary to teach the Ross Spiral Curriculum. The Ross Learning System is fully aligned to national and international standards and will provide benchmark and end-of-year exams to track student growth and progress against external and internal measures.
Ross School is located on the beautiful East End of Long Island, New York. The Hamptons feature beaches, wetlands, farmland, and village life, as well as elegant houses, fine dining, and film festivals, only two hours away from New York City.
It is the mission of the Ross School Café to create nutritious, wholesome and flavorful foods from the best ingredients available. We aim to support regional, organic, seasonal, and sustainable purchasing and culinary practices. From the Golden Ratio Spiral garden outside of the Center for Well-Being to the Café's dining tables and then to the compost pile to restart the process, Ross students actively participate in a natural food cycle that is healthy for themselves as well as for the planet.
At Ross School, every student learns about and practices our Core Values, ideals that they aspire to as they strive to make the world a better place for themselves and others. The following eight Core Values guide Ross’s educational practices:
Who We Are
The Ross School Senior Leadership Team and Administration oversee the day-to-day workings of the school and strives to ensure a phenomenal educational experience for our students every day.
Ross School Senior Leadership Team
Ross School Administration
Ross School is fortunate to be guided by a number of respected scholars and industry experts who advise faculty and students. They assist with curriculum design and development, guide action research for teaching and learning, and participate in faculty professional development workshops.
Ross faculty and staff hail from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, adding to the rich tapestry of a Ross education. Teachers develop close relationships with students, providing a caring and supportive environment where academic excellence, social skills, self-esteem, and respect for others are fostered through cooperative learning and personal development.
Ross School counts nearly 800 graduates from 28 different countries among its alumni. Graduates from Ross attend prestigious postsecondary institutions all over the world and have gone on to successful careers in diverse professional fields.
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