This school was a waste of time and money to send my daughter to. I feel very disappointed from the attitude from administration people and teachers when my daughter encountered bully. There is no any action from this school to stop bully. Very disappointing!
After attending Ellis K-12, I gained an exceptional education and invaluable life skills. Even in the darkest hours of middle school (when many girls are in fact "too cool for school"), the staff at Ellis fosters an environment that helps shape happy, courageous young women who know how to think and work hard to reach goals that may seem out of reach.
The Ellis School has changed my daughter's life. She's a precocious 9-year-old who felt bullied and stressed all the time at her last school. Since coming to Ellis she's relaxed into herself again. She skips in the hallways. She sings songs. AND the academic work, though more challenging than the last school, gives her great joy to complete. School administrators are kind and caring. There are many engagement opportunities for us as a family to know the school, it's programs, and other families.
Do not send your girls to this school. Both the board and the administration have demonstrated a benign neglect for educational excellence that suggests a motive of wanting to ultimately shut down the school. The administration alienates its faculty and continually erodes it's own educational standards by pandering to the whims of the few remaining wealthier parents.
From the perspective of a lifer (Ellis' word for a girl remaining from K/1 12), I can only say that my parents and I both admit to being tricked to attend with rather false advertising. Difficult academics, strict uniforms, and a single sex education, already should strike perspective students as a warning. Both the students and teachers refer to this type of environment as The Ellis Bubble. Here, girls come to loose sight of the world and the broader image I have seen girls cry when receiving a B+ on a Math test. . On the whole, most of the students here have no social skills around the opposite sex (even in grades 11 and 12). Yikes! This can be an issue in college Which by the way, Pittsburgh Public School students gain admissions the same ones. Although its graduates come out of Ellis with many memorized facts and numbers; personal style, socialization, and self-understanding do not exist.
Ellis is awesome. Ive been here since kindergarten and am about to start 6th grade. The teachers are great and really take time to help you. There is sometimes a lot of homework and it can be stressful, plus, if your like me and don't go running off to paris every weekend, it can make you feel a little bad, but overall, a great place!
Ellis is a friendly and cozy place. Students are encouraged to pursue their interests as well as try new things. I graduated last year with more knowledge and skill relating to art, culture, and history than most of my peers at MIT. The science curriculum at Ellis could be a little more rigorous, but motivated students will generally find challenges if they seek them.
Ellis... you get such a great education, the teachers are wonderful, and the students are ok. Not all of them are very nice to some kids, and it always makes me feel bad. I do recommend it if you want your daughter to have a good education, but if she wants to have fun, send her to another school
From a student's point of view, The Ellis School for girls is one of the most stress inducing schools that I have attended. When I first arrived to Ellis in kindergarten, I remember thinking how much fun I was going to have here. Unfortunately, I was very wrong. I am currently in 9th grade, and I must say that Ellis is very stressful. There are many projects and papers to write, and many of them are all due in the same week. There are also unbelievably high expectations of the students. Many teachers expect us to be able to complete projects and reports, and write essays and other papers, many due on the same day. Overall, I would not recommend sending your daughter to The Ellis School, unless you want her to rip all of her hair out from stress.
I don't know about other students' thoughts, but Ellis is amazing. I'm in seventh grade, and a lifer. That means I've been here since kindergarten. The student-teacher relationships are fantastic, and the sports are amazing too (I'm in field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse). Ellis has definitely prepared me for life situations in so many ways. I recommend sending your daughter here: You won't regret it!
Ellis is an excellent school and I can honestly say that it has changed my life. I used to attend a not so good public school and bad influences were coming at me from all directions. When my parents first decided to send me to Ellis I was really reluctant, but then as I spend more time here, I just realize how wonderful of a school it is. The opportunities that we have here, the comfortable and excellent learning environment, the teachers who absolutely love their jobs and their students, and all that add up to an absolutely amazing school. I can say that I'm not worried about my future because of the preparations that Ellis has given me. I would definitely send my daughters to school here.
We are absolutely pleased and satisfied with the performance of the Ellis School. We sent both of our daughters, the oldest starting in 9th grade and the youngest in 6th. The oldest went on to Yale, I believe in large part thanks to her preparation at Ellis. The youngest is currently looking at schools and We have no doubt she will be accepted wherever she applies once again in large part due to Ellis. Ellis excels at teaching writing skills and is the perfect college prep school not to mention the confidence that they instill in the girls. In short if you have a diamond you want polished then this is your school. By the way, Ellis isn't paying us to write this , We're just grateful parents.
our daughter loves the school. she attended kindergarden and is now in the first grade. The teachers and staff are very knowledgeable.It is costly but terrific !
Words cannot describe the satisfaction I have had sending my daughters to the Ellis School. Many people think it is expensive. But you will get more from Ellis than from any other school. The campus and faculty are impressive. My daughters especially appreciate the educational trips to destinations such as Greece, Turkey, Spain, Belize, Australia. The academics are rigorous. My daughters have had so many opportunities opened for them because of the experiences obtained at the Ellis School. I would not hesitate to strongly recommend the Ellis School to anyone looking for a great school for their daughter.
Ellis is amazing, the teachers are great and the academic program is very intense. Ellis girls will be noticed by colleges everywher. It also has a great social enviroment and is very aware about the enviroment
Do not send your daughter here if you even remotely suspect she has a learning disability. The faculty is not prepared nor willing to accommodate. No commitment to these students they accept and a pervasive unwillingness to bend the curriculum. Cookie cutter education for 'the gifted'.
We really have been happy with Ellis. To quote my 1st grade daughter 'It is my favorite school.' The academic program at Ellis is rigorous, but takes into account differences in talents and development. Social and emotional development is supported by caring teachers and staff. The tuition IS high, but they do have a pretty generous financial aid program, which my daughter benefitted from. It's been worth every penny.
We were so fortunate that our daughter was able to matriculate and graduate from the Ellis School. I am a teacher who has taught at every level from 6th grade to medical school. I have never come across a K-12 school that prepares its students so rigorously for life. The Ellis school gives the best liberal arts education possible and also provides a vast variety of extracurriular activities that enrich a student's life. I will forever be grateful to the Ellis school, its teachers, and its benefactors, for teaching my daughter.
Ellis is worth every penny! The teachers are absolutely amazing, for the most part. They make learning fun and it is so much easier to ask them questions because mostly, they won't make students feel stupid for asking. The work is hard, but the way they prepare the students for college is incredible. Alums come back from college and tell the students that Ellis is actually more difficult.
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Ellis School on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Ellis School, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.