Ross Learning System (RLS) is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum system for grades pre-nursery–12. The system includes teacher and student materials, assessments, and professional development curriculum to support its implementation.  With a focus on sustainability and a systems thinking perspective, RLS is designed to prepare learners to address the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly complex, globally connected future. Based on over two decades of educational research and practical implementation, RLS offers courses across eight integrated disciplines. Each course includes learning experiences, assessments, integrated projects, and all student and teacher resources necessary to teach the Ross Spiral Curriculum.


Ross Learning System will be available for licensing
worldwide beginning in 2016. 

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About Ross Institute

Ross Institute’s mission is to transform the way education prepares learners with knowledge, skills, and values to succeed in and contribute to a complex, global society. As a nexus for collaboration, Ross Institute fosters applied research in education, modeling of complex systems related to education, dissemination that minimizes the delay between research and practice, and interaction of scholars and educators across disciplines. Ross Institute is committed to designing and providing professional development resources for teachers through courses, curriculum, consultation, and collaboration, both in person and online. Ross Institute oversees Ross School, a lab school in New York, and supports the development of a network of Ross Schools, ensuring that the content of the Ross Learning System is a model for transformation.

Ross Institute aspires to make the Ross Learning System available to students across the globe. The Sustainability curricular thread and interactive tools are accessible to all at no cost, serving as a call to action for teachers and students worldwide.


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About Ross School

Ross School was founded in 1991 by Courtney and Steven J. Ross, who reimagined what a school would need to be to best serve the future planetary needs. They set forth to establish a transformative model for education: a newly constructed curriculum, reinvented campus spaces, and evolved learning culture. Ross School offers the highest quality education for students and a tremendous commitment to teacher’s professional development, and serves as an incubator for educational innovation, preparing students for global citizenship and leadership in the 21st century. Globalization, with its unprecedented waves of migration and information, revolutionary new technologies, and changing forms of production, has created enormous pressures on postmodern societies. These pressures demand new forms of education to teach students the skills that will enable them to thrive in the shifting economic and cultural landscape of a new age. 

Over the past 24 years, Ross School and Ross Institute have worked with educators and scholars to develop an innovative laboratory model that meets the challenges of globalization while creating an inspiring educational setting that allows new ideas to be nurtured, tested, and shaped for introduction into varied educational settings. Aided by the research of many educational pioneers and leading scholars, Ross School has expanded upon some of the best practices in education.