Ross boarding houses offer students family-style living in beautiful homes that are conveniently located near the campus. Boarders reside in unique Hamptons-style houses featuring spacious bedrooms, private bathrooms, a living room, kitchen, and study rooms. They share these spaces with peers from around the world and are supervised by house parents.
Nestled in charming towns near the School, the houses offer students a place where they can eat, unwind, and spend time together as a group. Students experience local culture—and can practice their English—during regular excursions to the lively villages in the area.
Ultimately, what makes the boarding program so unique is its emphasis on building relationships, and the houses serve as the focal point for this initiative. “I like living in the house because we have a place to relax,” said tenth grader Anish Rishi. “It’s easy to know all the people in the boarding houses, and you get to see them on the weekends.”
House parents, many of whom are faculty and interns at the School, reside in the homes with the students. Living in a house with a small number of students allows the house parents to know each resident individually and vice versa. “Living in a house means we always get to see our friends, and we can go to anyone for help,” said ninth grader Ioannis Giannakopolous. “I have one of the best house parents! I want to be in this boarding program until I go to college.”
The houses are filled with natural light and each have their own unique features, such as an outdoor pool or an indoor home theater. “I like that the homes are different; there are varying design features in each one. It gives every student an exclusive experience shared with the other members of the house,” said T.J. Mackey, director of Residential Life.
“We have a really nice house. Everything’s really clean and decorated by an interior designer, and the rooms are really nice and big,” said tenth grader Katharina Kastenmeier. “I prefer the house, as you have your own little family.”
With the tools and resources they need to feel at home, boarding students living in these houses also begin to prepare for the complexities of adulthood. Sharing in responsibilities for keeping the house tidy and learning to negotiate relationships lay the groundwork for college life and beyond.
“I think that students are able to build a strong foundation in the skills necessary to live and work with other people,” said T.J. “Our homes are small and safe, but they still provide experiences to mediate conflict, learn to work together, and put the needs of others before our own, all with the support and supervision of a house parent. These may be small challenges, but the skills gained will last a lifetime.”