Ross School (East Hampton, New York)
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Ross School's Center for Well Being
Know Thyself in Order to Serve
|18 Goodfriend Drive
East Hampton, New York
East Hampton, New York, Suffolk, 11937
|Established||Upper School, 1991
Lower School, 2006
|Founder||Courtney Sale Ross
Steven J. Ross
|Head of Upper School||Patty Lein|
|Head of Lower School||Jeanette Tyndall|
55 full-time, 10 part-time
20 full-time, 9 part-time
|Grades||Upper School: Grades 7–12
Lower School, Pre-Nursery–Grade 6
|Pupils||Upper School: 344
Lower School: 139
|Athletics||Grades 9–12: Baseball (Boys)
Basketball (Boys and Girls)
Cross Country (Boys and Girls)
Rowing (Boys and Girls)
Soccer (Boys and Girls)
Tennis (Boys and Girls)
Track and Field (Boys and Girls)
Grades 7–8: Baseball (Boys)
Basketball (Boys and Girls)
Soccer (Boys and Girls)
|Accreditation||Middle States Association, Middle States Association International Credential, Absolute Charter from New York State, Green Schools Alliance|
|Average SAT scores||Average score: 1850; 85th %ile nationally. 12% of scores for the Class of 2013 are in the 99th %ile nationally.|
|Affiliation||Independent Day (Grades Pre-Nursery–12, and Boarding School (Grades 7–12)|
Ross School’s curriculum is based on world cultural history and the evolution of consciousness and reflects the collaborative work of its Founding Mentors the mathematician Ralph Abraham and the cultural historian William Irwin Thompson. Academic Programs include Arts, After School, Service Learning, Advisory, Buddies, College Counseling, Midwinter Term, Tennis Academy, Boarding, Innovation Lab@ Ross Academy, Summer Term, Field Academy, World Travel Academy. The school also offers Lifelong Learning courses for the community.
There are seven buildings on the Upper School campus, with functions ranging from academics and administration to wellness. The High School building houses several classrooms, a large library, two science labs, a large art studio and a film viewing area called the Duomo. The Media and Humanities Pavilion contains classrooms, performance practice rooms and sound recording studios, video production and editing studio and the sculpture and ceramics studio. A reference library, art studio, darkroom and digital photography editing studio, two science labs and a lecture hall equipped for multimedia presentations are found in the Senior Thesis building. The Middle School houses the Middle School library, an art studio and another science lab. The Center for Well-Being is home to the Ross Café, the multi-purpose Great Hall and Court Theater and spaces for movement and meditation. The Upper School Art Gallery has rotating exhibitions of work by students and local artists.
Ross School’s athletic facilities on the Upper School campus include the Center for Well-Being, home to indoor volleyball and basketball courts, changing rooms, a weight room and spaces for movement and meditation. There are also three athletic fields, a baseball diamond, a full size outdoor basketball court and a new Upper School Fieldhouse, with locker rooms, a lounge and snack bar and a large recreation room with ping-pong tables and large screen projection. Opened in 2008, the Fieldhouse sits adjacent to six year-round har-tru courts. From October to May, the courts are converted to indoor courts with a bubble.
In 2000 the school proposed a 50-building, 600,000-square-foot (56,000 m2) expansion to its 140-acre (0.57 km2) campus which would have made it one of the biggest complexes in the Hamptons. Enraged environmentalists charged that Courtney Ross was polluting the debate by paying to protest proposed expansion of the Pine Barrens protections into East Hampton. The school eventually backed down on the expansion and in 2006 the same critics of this expansion were to applaud its "green" initiatives.
The Lower School campus in Bridgehampton includes gardens, play areas, trails and a farm with animals. Separate building spaces for grade levels are customized with age-appropriate furnishings. The Barn Building houses an art studio called the Atelier as well as some early childhood classes. The Farm Building, built as the original house for the potato farm that was on the property, is used for specials classes. The Leonard Building is shared by kindergarten, early childhood, and grades one and two. Grades three and four are situated in the Green Building. All the buildings on the campus are connected by walkways and surrounded by grass and trees.
Summer events and programs
Every summer the school hosts its largest annual benefit, the Starlight Ball, which has featured Aretha Franklin, the Jonas Brothers, Martha Stewart, Cyndi Lauper and “Saturday Night Live’s” Seth Meyers. In the summer of 2007 it held its largest event: a series of five musical concerts entitled "Social @ Ross" with Prince; Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds; Billy Joel; James Taylor and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The price of a ticket to the series was $15,000.
Ross School runs a summer day camp from June through August for kids up to the age of 14. Programs for the summer of 2014 include Game Quest and Jr. Crime Investigators majors, Horseback Riding, Ceramics, Stop-Motion Animation, and Sailing. Kids can choose from more than 20 different minors to explore new topics and learn new skills. Campers enjoy all the fun of a traditional summer camp while also pursuing their passions in sports, science, the outdoors, and the arts.
Ross School offers a variety of Summer Term programs including College Prep, English as a Second Language, Innovation Lab: Marine Science, Innovation Lab: Design and Invention, Mandarin Immersion, Mathematics, and Tennis Academy.
Notable alumni and faculty
- Hal McKusick, jazz musician