Welcome, Ross Neighbors! For over 100 years, Branson School has been an integral part of the Ross community and we are fortunate to call the Town of Ross home. Many of our faculty and students are Ross residents themselves, and they are actively engaged in the community. Chris Mazzola, our Head of School, serves on the Ross Leadership Council. Our faculty with young children are involved as parents with Ross School and Ross Recreation. In fact, we have 14 faculty who are residents of Ross, 10 of whom live on our campus with their families.
Within our gate we see our neighbors on Circle Drive on a daily basis, and many of our nearby neighbors enjoy walking through campus or playing on our field on the weekends. Our beautiful tranquil location in Ross is beloved by our alumni and is one of the reasons many students choose to come to Branson.
We strive to be a good neighbor and maintain positive relations with all who live in our community, including,
- Continual monitoring of parking and traffic at three locations daily during peak hours
- Free Covid testing on campus
- Informal use of our athletic fields, tennis courts, and practice facilities
- Invitations to performances and other community events
- Ross School lunches are prepared in the Branson kitchen
- Community partnerships with local organizations like Cedars, Ross School, and Town of Ross events
Branson Use Permit APPROVED BY Ross Town Council
On Tuesday, February 15, 2022 the Ross Town Council voted unanimously to approve Branson's amended Conditional Use Permit. This will enable Branson to begin a phased increase to the student body – 100 new students over the next four years – starting with a 25-student increase to the incoming Class of 2026. Read more.
- Currently, the Branson campus is open only to essential visitors during the school day, in accordance with Marin Public Health regulations. However, we look forward to welcoming back our neighbors once the pandemic is over.
- For campus events and athletics, please visit our school calendar.
In March 2020, Ross voters approved Measure F, which granted Branson the ability to apply to the Town of Ross for an increase in student enrollment for the first time since 1978. We are very proud to call Ross our home and we deeply appreciate the support of the townspeople as we seek to secure Branson’s long-term future in this community through this growth to our student body.
As the next step in this process, we filed an application on March 15, 2021 to amend our 1978 Use Permit. The entire application is essentially our request to add 25 students per year over a four-year period. The Town Council reviewed this application in lengthy public hearings on January 13, 2022, February 8, 2022, and February 15, 2022.
Since the approval of Measure F, Branson held collaborative working sessions with neighbors and community members. The direct input of neighbors has shaped our application and helped us create a comprehensive transportation demand management plan (TDMP), which even with the phased growth of students, will not change our traffic levels as they exist today - and the TDMP has the potential to make it even better. We continue to perform community outreach and invite any resident who is interested in our application to please reach out for a meeting or conversation at any time.
- Why does Branson need to grow?
- Why 100 students?
- Wasn't the enrollment increase already approved by voters?
- Will there be new buildings or changes to campus?
- Will there be an increase in traffic?
- How can Branson add students without increasing traffic?
- Has Branson involved neighbors in the process?
- How does the approval process work?
- Will 100 more students cause significantly more student or athletic events?
- Will Branson need to hire a lot more teachers or staff for an 100 additional students?
- How will the expansion benefit the Ross community?
- Whom should I contact with questions?
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