The most compelling, and unique, aspect of the Ellis experience is the spectacular attributes girls develop because of their experiences at the School. Ellis students emerge with remarkable qualities that not only prepare them well for college, but that launch them to become truly remarkable young women. These naturally bundle into four pillars, as reflected in our mission and vision statements: being committed and ready to make a positive mark on the world; having great confidence and a strong voice; being caring, open, and authentic; and having deep intellectual vibrancy and power.
Creating a learning environment that builds these qualities in our students requires that we keep those four pillars at the center as we plan programming. It also requires that we recruit and support outstanding faculty, continue to learn and grow as a teaching community, and continually refine our curriculum.
We know our students will enter a world in which they will encounter both opportunities and challenges that none of us can yet imagine, and they will need to work collaboratively with all sorts of people in order to succeed in seizing those opportunities and developing creative solutions to those challenges. The more experiences we can give them to tussle with unsolved problems, to work in diverse teams, to take appropriate risks with confidence, to advocate for themselves and others, the better.
The wiser we are about understanding all the aspects of girls’ development, the more successful we will be in supporting their growth as healthy, independent, strong young women ready to step out into this ever-changing world.