Ross

The town of Ross reflects the small town living only found in movies. With a population of less than 3,000 people as of 2013, this picturesque community offers the best that Marin has to offer. As a result of the strict zoning restrictions enforced by the town of Ross, there are only about 884 housing units in the town - something that ensures the uniqueness of each property and high property values. The access to hiking and biking trails makes Ross a frequented spot by both cyclists and hikers throughout the year. Community is an integral part of the town, and there are events that bring Ross together such as the Town Dinner and Fourth of July Parade every year. The small, but quaint downtown has everything you could need - a coffee shop, small market, bike shop, nail and hair salons, and a few excellent restaurants. From small vintage cottages to large estates, Ross properties reflect architectural diversity and history.

Schools:

The Garden School, hosted by the Marin Art and Garden Center, is a Waldorf inspired preschool for children ages 3-5. The school’s mission is to prepare children for preschool as well as foster a love for the arts and nature. With a nurturing and inclusive atmosphere, the Garden School helps children to socialize and acclimate to the feeling of school in preparation for kindergarten.

The Ross Recreation Preschool is located right across the street from Ross Elementary at St. John’s Episcopal Church and is for 3-5 year olds. The preschool’s mission is to help their students develop socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally. In the play-based program at the school, the children learn through play and are given a space to develop their problem solving, negotiating and communicating skills at their own pace.

Ross Elementary School, the K-8 school in the heart of Ross, is a California Distinguished School and the small size rivals that of the best private schools in the area. The school has a 10/10 rating on GreatSchools and scored 943 on the California Department of Education Academic Performance Index (API) in 2012, making Ross one of the highest rated elementary schools in California.

The Branson School is a private, nationally recognized high school in Ross. The school, named after the sisters who were the original heads of school, is both academically rigorous and creatively stimulating. The small class sizes at Branson ensure an individualized experience for each student as well as allow for growth through group discussions. Branson has high performing sports teams and a large art department, giving every student the opportunity to get involved in the things in which they are passionate about.

Students in Ross may enter the local public high school, Redwood High School. It is a California Distinguished School with rich art, science, and extracurricular programs.

Links:

http://www.townofross.org/

http://www.rossbears.org/

http://www.deckerbullocksir.com/eng/ross-ca

http://www.rossrecreation.org/preschool.html

http://www.maringardenschool.com/

http://www.branson.org/

http://www.tamdistrict.org/redwood