Join our world-class program located in safe, idyllic East Hampton, New York. Our unique offerings balance rigorous academic courses with relaxation and time at the beach, cultural events, shopping, and day trips to vibrant New York City. Studying at Ross while also exploring the Hamptons and surrounding areas is a fantastic and fulfilling way to make friends from around the world and get a head start on realizing your academic potential and preparing for your college experience!
Registration for Summer Term @Ross is Open
Summer Term @Ross will run six weeks from July 2 to August 10 on our East Hampton campus, except for Test Prep, which runs July 31-August 23.
3-week and 6-week sessions available. Choose your electives during the registration process.
Boarding and day options available.
Programs are subject to change based on enrollment.
Innovation Lab @Ross
Design and Invention
Hacking everyday objects and creating new custom modifications is at the heart of the “Maker Movement,” which continues to gain popularity around the world. The resources and ideas surrounding do-it-yourself technology projects have never been more accessible. Students in this course make use of the Innovation Lab @Ross 3D fabrication and design tools—including 3D printers, scanners, and computerized milling machines—to design technical solutions and new products of their own invention. They develop new skills using both digital design tools and real-world manufacturing and machine tools. They also take the lead on a number of ongoing Innovation Lab student projects, including autonomous drones, remote-controlled submarines, and robotic rovers. Students create and program their own electronic devices, robots, and inventions using the Arduino microcontroller platform and other similar devices, studying the ways that new technologies are democratizing the process of invention and design.
Innovation Lab @Ross
This program focuses on the study of marine organisms and the marine environments of Long Island using area shorelines and waters as a living laboratory. Students examine and catalog the rich biodiversity of this area in a rigorous study of local habitats. Readings, discussions, and field studies center on local environmental issues related to such topics as algal blooms, ocean dumping, and climate change. Students take advantage of numerous local resources, including partnerships with local conservation organizations and collaborations with the Southampton Marine and Atmospheric Science research center operated by Stony Brook University. Students also have the opportunity to design and implement research projects to help them answer questions and explore their personal interests more deeply.
Students at Innovation Lab @Ross have access to a variety of campus facilities designed for active learning and exploration. Dedicated laboratories and workshops, technologically equipped classrooms, and collaborative virtual environments provide students with access to spaces in which to innovate and grow. Facilities include the following:
- State-of-the art laboratory and equipment
- Advanced fabrication tools, including 3D printers, 3D scanners, and a computerized milling machine
- Sophisticated video-editing and music production studios
Courses in this program are designed for students with the following English proficiency:
- Reading at grade level in English (at least 850 on TOEFL, Jr or 85 on TOEFL test)
- Speaking about science and other academic subjects with ease
English for Speakers of Other Languages
Learn to speak English with fluency, increase your TOEFL score, and have fun with new friends with our intensive summer ESOL program! ESOL @Ross, designed for all levels of English language learners, offers immersive instruction, activities, and excursions. Small interactive classes, individual attention, and experienced native-English-speaking teachers are critical to helping each student achieve a greater depth of understanding and increased English fluency. In their time outside of class, students share spacious and luxurious boarding houses with native English speakers and join them for guided trips to local beaches, area entertainments like bowling and horseback riding, and even New York City.
Based on current research, Ross School’s innovative approach to teaching English to students who speak other languages immerses students in collaborative project-based courses to improve their language acquisition. Students achieve a higher level of fluency and develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills as part of Ross’s proven content program. In addition, students have daily opportunities to explore the arts, wellness, and recreation.
All students take approximately 15 hours per week of ESOL (English as a Second Language) instruction, with 2.5 additional hours per week dedicated to TOEFL preparation or an ESOL-based project.
This introductory course is for students with limited English fluency (CEFR A2/B1 levels). Students learn English while studying the history of the United States, using art and architecture to gain an understanding of how such works reveal the values of a nation. Instruction in writing sentences and short paragraphs enhances grammatical skills, and historical fiction selections strengthen reading skills. Students further their speaking and listening abilities by giving short presentations, participating in class discussions, and creating their own short films, animations, and theater productions using state-of-the-art studio equipment.
In this course, students with CEFR levels of B1/B2 enhance their English skills while exploring the cultural practices, art, architecture, and music of ancient and medieval civilizations. Instruction in longer paragraphs and short academic essays expands students’ writing and grammar skills, and historical fiction and literature of the period are used to improve their English language reading ability. Students continue to develop their speaking and listening skills by participating in presentations and class discussions and by creating short films, animations, and theater productions.
Advanced Skills Workshop
Students with a high level of English proficiency (CEFR C1/C2) work in small classes to fine-tune their language skills. Workshops address high-level academic skills like literary analysis, historical thinking, research, and essay writing while students learn about medieval and renaissance time periods. These workshops are designed to challenge students to reach a level of English fluency necessary for success in both secondary and post-secondary education. Students who complete the Advanced Skills Workshop during Summer Term @Ross may test out of the ESOL program at Ross School.
Where else can you immerse yourself in learning Mandarin, interact with native speakers, and enjoy the summer fun of the Hamptons? Building on the innovative pedagogy and curriculum developed at Ross School, the Mandarin Immersion @Ross program is designed to help students become effective communicators and critical thinkers in Mandarin. Immersive learning experiences are built around practical communication skills and significant current events, social issues, historical narratives, and environmental concerns, with equal attention to Chinese literature, art, media, and film. In addition, activities are arranged so that students share cultural experiences with native Mandarin speakers who are attending Ross School’s ESOL summer program.
Ross School’s buildings, artwork and artifacts, and Eastern-inspired décor provide an inspiring backdrop for learning the language while also studying aspects of Chinese culture, arts, and history. Students are exposed to Mandarin language both on campus and off, with Mandarin primarily spoken in the classrooms and the residential boarding houses.
Students are placed in courses by proficiency and interest.
Language and Culture I
For students who are new to Mandarin
Students learn the basics of Chinese pinyin and tones, how to greet people in Mandarin, and the origin of Chinese characters, dialects, and even the term “China” while attempting to answer the question, “What does ‘speaking Chinese’ mean?”
Students in this course also learn about the importance of families in Chinese culture. While mastering the language skills required to talk and read about families, students discuss the cultural significance of the “Chinese family,” including the importance of names, family roles, pets, and government policies.
Projects include Chinese calligraphy, video interviews with native Mandarin speakers, and creating family trees.
Language and Culture II
For students who have previously studied Mandarin for less than two years
Topics of study include learning vocabulary to read and talk about colors, clothing, and cultural rituals. Students investigate the symbolic nature of color in China and the country’s rising fashion industry. The clothes of minority groups, as well as wedding and funeral rituals, are discussed.
Students in this course also address the culture of food in China, discussing restaurants, menus, and cooking, and learning about “real” Chinese food and how menus in Chinese restaurants in our hemisphere were Westernized.
Language and Culture III
For students with two or more years of study in Mandarin
Content focuses on sports and games. Students learn vocabulary for speaking and reading about popular games and sports in China and investigate the Western influence on Chinese sports, how the sport of ping-pong was used in diplomacy, and the origin of football in China.
Boost your math skills while interacting with new friends and soaking up a summer in the Hamptons! Mathematics @Ross offers a range of mathematics courses delivered by highly trained faculty in an intimate, supportive setting. Small class sizes and tailored instruction reinforce concepts learned in prior classes and provide an edge to those looking to move ahead in math. A variety of extracurricular activities and organized outings complement this academic focus, making for an unforgettable summer experience.
Students explore algebraic expressions and linear equations with a thorough review of operations using integers, fractions, decimals, percentages, and radicals. Relations and functions are investigated and solved using equations, tables, and graphs. Units on statistics and geometry extend foundational concepts in preparation for higher-level math courses. Problem solving and real-life uses of math are featured throughout the course.
Students focus on fundamentals of algebra and geometric applications. They study linear equations and inequalities, coordinate geometry, systems of equations and inequalities, polynomials, radical expressions and equations, and quadratic equations. Real-life problem solving is emphasized.
Students explore the concepts of logic and geometry systematically, working from undefined terms, definitions, postulates, and theorems. They also address topics beyond plane geometry.
Intermediate Algebra and Trigonometry
Students develop an understanding of a toolkit of functions, examining their behaviors, characteristics, and applications. They learn to represent and interpret these functions numerically, graphically, algebraically, and verbally, with an emphasis on mathematical modeling. They also study combinatorics, matrices, and probability.
Students explore the topics of probability and statistics, trigonometric functions and trigonometric identities, polar coordinates, sequences and series, and fractals, and are introduced to limits. The content of this course is approached with concepts, results, and problems expressed geometrically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Students regularly apply computer and graphing calculator technology to reinforce concepts, confirm written work, implement experimentation, and assist in interpreting results.
Introduction to Calculus
Students explore the concept of a limit and how this relates to the derivative. Through investigation of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, students then make connections of the derivative to the integral. Students approach calculus with concepts, results, and problems expressed geometrically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Technology is used to reinforce concepts, confirm written work, implement experimentation, and assist in interpreting results.
Ross School Tennis Academy
Train to your highest potential this summer at Ross School Tennis Academy. RSTA offers our most intense tennis training program to USTA/ITF junior players. The program is specially designed for a small group of players who are dedicated to intense training in preparation for regular weekly USTA tournaments. In addition to four hours of on-court group and private training, players participate in weekly group sessions with RSTA’s sports psychologist, undergo Dartfish video comparison analysis, and practice one hour of fitness or yoga daily.
The state-of-the-art Ross Tennis Center boasts 6 impeccably maintained Har-tru courts enclosed within a customized bubble from fall through spring to allow for year round play. The courts are directly adjacent to the beautiful Upper School Fieldhouse where players can take advantage of exceptional amenities, including well-appointed locker rooms, a cafe, two satellite-fed flat screen televisions, WiFi, and a lounge/rec room featuring 2 ping-pong tables, board games, study areas and a large screen entertainment system. Students in the Academy also enjoy the rest of Ross School’s stunning 100-acre campus and facilities, including the acclaimed Ross Cafe, which serves healthy meals freshly made from regional, organic, seasonal and sustainable ingredients.
Test Prep @Ross
Test Prep @Ross is an intensive test prep course that teaches math, reading, and writing techniques necessary to improve students’ scores on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT.. Every Thursday diagnostic exams are given to allow students to put their skills to the test and chart their progress throughout the course. Ross’s test prep instructors have years of success helping students increase their scores on these all-important college admissions exams. This program is for day students only.
July 31–August 23
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9am–12pm
Why Summer Term @Ross?
World-Class Teachers and Mentors
The faculty at Ross are experts in their field. Classes are taught by experienced teachers and professionals, many of whom hold advanced degrees.
Idyllic Location in the Hamptons
Ross School is ideally situated in East Hampton, New York, close to some of the top-rated beaches in the country and set in a safe, pastoral village, which is nevertheless within two hours of New York City, shopping, and cultural events.
A Ross education incorporates hands-on, real-world activities to increase relevance for students and to create a more authentic learning environment.
Gorgeous Boutique Accommodations
Ross boarding houses are spacious, beautiful, and luxurious Hamptons-style homes. There is plenty of room to hang out with friends, study in quiet, and interact with students and faculty members. The Ross Café serves a variety of delicious, filling, healthful meals in an architecturally beautiful environment.
Afternoon elective classes complement students' academic studies pursued in the mornings and early afternoons, and give them the opportunity develop talents and skills in other fields according to their interests. This year’s electives include Art, Culinary Arts, Digital Music, Tennis, TOEFL Prep, and Surfing. Students also engage in a variety of Wellness classes.
Experience a variety of cultural and entertainment opportunities, including trips to the movies; visits to the popluar local beaches; excursions to New York City for Broadway shows, museums, and shopping; and cookouts and pool parties.
Summer Term boarding students are served breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the exemplary Ross Café (Lunch only for day students.). 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 as well. Students may also order food to be delivered to their boarding houses on occasion, and there are frequent backyard barbecues, picnics on the beach, and other culinary festivities.
Summer Term students enjoy a multitude of world-class facilities on the Ross School campus. Professional tennis courts, a weight room, and playing fields appeal to athletes, while extensive libraries, stunning architecture, and ubiquitous artwork nurture the aesthetic senses. Innovation Lab and Marine Science students 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. All buildings are air-conditioned, providing a welcome respite from the warmth of summer.
Ross boarding houses are designed to make students feel at home, with spacious bedrooms, private bathrooms, a living room, kitchen, and study rooms. Homes are air-conditioned, and most have swimming pools available for students’ entertainment. Laundry facilities are available in the houses as well. Faculty house parents reside in the houses with our boarding students, creating a safe, welcoming, family-style living environment.
Summer Term @Ross is located on the beautiful Ross Upper School campus in East Hampton, New York, about two hours east of New York City.
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 a nearby pediatrician and hospital.
Summer Term 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 their well-being.
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. Summer Term students have plenty of time to take advantage of these activities.