Ross School attends not only to the intellectual development of students, but also to their emotional, cognitive, spiritual, ethical, and physical development.



Dining

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Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the world-renowned Ross Café. Meals are nutritious and flavorful, and are prepared using fresh, regional, organic ingredients. Meals include vegetarian options, and accommodations for other dietary requirements are available. Students may also cook food or order delivery at their boarding houses, and there are frequent backyard barbecues, picnics on the beach, and other culinary festivities.

Facilities

The Ross School campus is one of the many features that make Ross unique. Professional tennis courts, a weight room, and playing fields appeal to athletes, while extensive libraries, stunning architecture, and ubiquitous artwork nurture the aesthetic senses. Students interested in science and technological fields can carry out their work in specialized, state-of-the-art laboratories, and students pursuing visual and performing arts have access to a variety of studios with technical equipment.

Safety and Security

At Ross School, the security of our students and faculty is of utmost importance. Our boarding houses and campus are located in a sophisticated small town and are watched over by a well-trained security staff. A full-time nurse is situated on campus, and we have established relationships with nearby pediatricians and hospital.

Well-known sculptor and Ross School art teacher Ned Smyth works with an upper school art student.

Faculty and Staff

Ross teachers are experienced educators and experts in their fields who take the time to guide students’ learning in a deep, authentic way. Working intensively with small classes, teachers are able to forge relationships with pupils that enrich their education.

Each boarding house is overseen by two to three house parents who are responsible for students’ safety and well-being. House parents have extensive experience with teenagers and establish supportive relationships with students in their “home away from home.” House parents also connect with students’ parents to keep them apprised of students’ well-being.

Weekends

Weekends feature a variety of cultural and entertainment opportunities, including trips to the movies; visits to the popular local beaches; excursions to New York City for Broadway shows, museums, and shopping; and cookouts and pool parties.


 

An Early Childhood Day at Ross School


Early Childhood students working in small groups to learn about master artists such as Van Gogh.

9:00AM CULTURAL HISTORY LEARNING EXPERIENCES
In their integrated cultural history courses, students explore such themes as creation stories, elemental forces, and the magic of symbols.

10:00AM MORNING MEETING/CIRCLE TIME
Teachers gather students for a daily meeting to establish the class’s goals for the day.

Early Childhood students enjoy time for outside free play and collaborative games.

10:30AM SPECIALS (varies daily)
Each day, students rotate through a variety of classes with expert teachers in such areas as performing arts, science, visual arts, music, and wellness.

Early Childhood students on the path through campus guided by caring, certified educators.

11:00AM LUNCH/RECESS OR LARGE MOVEMENT GAMES
Students enjoy lunch and have time for collaborative movement games that help them to cultivate locomotive skills, coordination, and aerobic conditioning, as well as develop interpersonal skills.

11:30AM HANDWRITING/MATH/SPECIALS
In a schoolwide learning block, students alternate between math lessons, the Handwriting Without Tears program, and specials courses.

12:30PM READING TIME/GROUP GAMES
Students further their love of literature and storytelling while building basic skills through daily shared reading and writing experiences and small guided reading groups.

1:00PM EARLY CHILDHOOD ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
Students can extend their day at Ross by participating in an eclectic and extensive series of after-school enrichment opportunities, such as yoga, cooking, art, and African drumming.

 

An Elementary Program Day at Ross School


Elementary students engaged in daily mindfulness meditation practice.

8:00AM MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Students begin each morning with a five-minute mindfulness meditation practice.

8:05AM CENTERS
Students engage in educational activities to encourage skills development.

Elementary students looking through microscopes in one of Ross School’s state-of-the-art science labs.

Elementary students looking through microscopes in one of Ross School’s state-of-the-art science labs.

8:25AM MORNING MEETING
Teachers lead students in a daily meeting to discuss their goals for the day.

8:45AM READING
In a workshop format, students focus on shared, guided, and independent reading techniques.

Elementary students disperse milkweed seeds as part of their study of the monarch butterfly system. Sculpture by Mark DiSuvero in background.

9:30AM SPECIALS
Each week, students rotate through a variety of classes with expert teachers in such areas as science, music, visual arts, library, wellness, performing arts, life skills, and media.

10:15AM MANDARIN
Students study Mandarin as a primary language five days a week.

11:00AM RECESS/LUNCH
Students enjoy organic, nutritious lunches prepared by the renowned Ross Café, followed by time to play and socialize.

11:45AM MATH
Frequently integrated with cultural history, mathematics instruction strives to instill number sense and math skills in a developmentally appropriate progression.

Students engaged in independent reading in one of the Ross School libraries.

12:30PM SPECIALS
Each week, students rotate through a variety of classes with expert teachers in such areas as science, music, visual arts, library, wellness, performing arts, life skills, and media.

1:15PM WRITER'S WORKSHOP
Beginning in kindergarten, students practice the different stages of the writing process and continue to develop the craft and mechanics of writing from grade to grade.

2:00PM CULTURAL HISTORY
Cultural history lessons provide the foundation of the Ross pedagogy, and are integrated with all other specials classes to engage students in a holistic view of the world and their place in it.

3:05PM AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS (optional)
Students can extend their day at Ross by participating in an eclectic and extensive series of after-school enrichment opportunities, such as robotics, horseback riding lessons, animation, and theater.

 

An Upper School Day at Ross School


Ross Upper School students socialize between classes as they take the stone path that weaves through the beautiful woodland campus.

7:15AM BREAKFAST
Breakfast is offered to all Upper School students and faculty in the Ross Café.

8:00AM CORE CLASSES
Students take classes in core subjects. Each student’s course load and schedule is contingent upon their individual learning plan.

LUNCH
Students, faculty, and staff come together in the Ross Café for a healthy, balanced meal. Depending on their individual schedule, a student’s lunch period may vary each trimester.  

11:20AM ELECTIVES
Students select from a wide variety of elective courses depending on their interests, or pursue independent study under the guidance of a faculty member.  
 
3:45PM AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Students are encouraged to join an athletic team, participate in school clubs, or meet with teachers for academic support.

4:45PM DINNER
A variety of freshly prepared, nutritious meals are provided for boarding students at the Ross Café before they return to boarding houses for the evening.

 

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