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Remote Learning

Remote Learning Plan

The Ellis Experience Online

When the coronavirus outbreak developed in Pittsburgh, we made the difficult decision to move quickly to remote learning at The Ellis School in order to protect the health and safety of our students, families, faculty, and staff. In typical Ellis fashion, our faculty tackled this challenge with wonderful energy, flexibility, and creativity.
In planning this entirely new way of doing school, our decisions were guided by our goal of maintaining the intellectual vibrancy of our students’ experiences and our commitment to learning in community. At every grade level, teachers continued to meet with their students in synchronous, regularly scheduled classes, with the particular schedule varying for different age groups in developmentally appropriate ways.
With student privacy and security at the forefront, we have used the Zoom video conferencing platform, making particularly compelling use of its breakout feature that allows students to work together in small groups and have rich group discussions in which each girl’s ideas can be shared.

Our synchronous core subjects have been enriched with a variety of synchronous and asynchronous classes and activities in the performing and visual arts and athletics. Students have continued to gather for virtual school-sponsored activities and social events, including club meetings, recess for the younger grades, virtual play performances, and regular meetings with their advisors.  

While we miss our time together on campus, we are fully committed to every Ellis student continuing to stretch herself academically, to grow in her ability to solve problems, and to share her ideas with confidence. Girls at Ellis grow to become bold, brave changemakers, whether they are learning on campus or at home. At Ellis, girls will always soar.

What Ellis Parents Are Saying

Remote Learning in Action

Lower School Remote Assemblies

On a typical Friday morning, the Lower School would gather together for a community-wide assembly. It is many students' and teachers' favorite part of the week, seeing everyone’s faces all together at the same time. While it pales in comparison, Head of Lower School, Ann Martino, sent a weekly video assembly to Lower School students every Friday morning during remote learning.