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Branson campus looking at Mt. Tam

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, including stationing faculty/staff 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

Community Updates

  • We invite you to our upcoming events:
    • Tree Lighting Ceremony - December 10 at 5 pm
    • Winter Arts Festival - December 10 at 6 pm. RSVP required (coming soon)
    • Winter Concert - December 12 at 1 pm. RSVP required (coming soon)
  • Traffic Update: We have recently hired traffic monitors to occupy 3-5 key locations around Ross  in place of our faculty/staff traffic volunteers.
  • Campus Status: 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.
  • Use Permit Application: Branson has submitted its application to the Town of Ross to amend its Use Permit. Please read below for more information about the Use Permit application.

For campus events and athletics, please visit our school calendar. 

Use Permit Application Update (2021)

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.

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.

Download the complete TDMP here.

Use Permit Amendment FAQ

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If you would like to be added to our Neighbor Email list and receive timely communications about special events, please email communications@branson.org

Questions about the Use Permit Amendment? Contact David Hanson

David Hanson

David Hanson

Chief Financial and Operating Officer