Ross Model 

The Ross approach to education is both holistic and global in emphasis.

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At the core of Ross Learning System is a unique and comprehensive curriculum that fosters intercultural understanding, transdisciplinary problem solving, collaboration, and independent pursuit of personal interests and passions.


From the design of learning spaces to what students eat, how they exercise and physically understand their environment, and how they engage in contemplative practices to build self-awareness, the Ross Model embodies a dedication to mind, body, and spirit. At Ross School, our guiding principle is to educate the whole child for the whole world.


Spiral Curriculum

Ross teaches Cultural History chronologically, beginning in prehistory and leading into the future, using the area of study as a lens to examine multiple other disciplines. Students consider local and national events—both past and present—in the context of world history.

Diagram of the Ross Spiral Curriculum Displaying Progression of Grade Level Themes from Early Childhood to Grade 12.
Ross Middle School Student walking in front of bank of bamboo lockers with seated buddha statue and Asian vase on top.


The Ross ethos informs the foundation of day-to-day interaction at Ross School. Ross teachers and their students are immersed in an environment that is respectful, mindful of others, and oriented to service beyond the campus. Ross students develop a social-emotional sensibility and a deep understanding of what it means to be responsible local and global citizens.


At the heart of the Ross educational philosophy and practices is the belief that all students can become successful learners. Teaching methods are informed by a variety of tested psychological theories and pedagogical approaches, from Ross Mentor Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences to the latest developments in curriculum design and learning styles, including the research of Ross Mentor Kurt Fisher of Harvard University’s Mind, Brain, and Education Program.

Ross School Grade 12 Cultural History teacher Matthew Aldredge speaking and gesturing to students in classroom.
Ross School teachers collaborating on interdisciplinary lesson planning during Ross School’s annual summer academy professional development conference.

Professional Development

Drawing on a network of mentors, scholars, and master teachers, Ross School provides professional resources and consulting services in a variety of formats for educators, educational leaders, and policymakers at both new and established schools across the globe. Cutting-edge educational research is incorporated into all onsite and online programming.

Ross School’s annual Summer Academy sets an international standard for excellence in professional development. Hosted on campus each August, Ross faculty and colleagues from other schools address current issues in global education through discussion and attending presentations by mentors and invited scholars during a weeklong intensive academy.