Life at Ellis

After-school Programs

Enrichment Outside of the Classroom

When you can’t get out of work until after 5:00 p.m., or need to make an early morning appointment, Ellis before- and after-care is there for you! Flexible hours mean you can drop your daughter off as early as 7:30 a.m. and pick her up as late as 6:00 p.m.
As parents know, school is crucial for their daughter’s overall growth and well-being, and that doesn’t just end when the bell rings at 3:00 p.m. Research shows that participation in After-school Programs is positively associated with better school attendance, finer work habits, heightened interpersonal skills, higher quality homework completion, improved grades, and loftier aspirations for college.

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  • After-school Adventures | pre-kindergarten to grade 4

    From science to soccer, karate to chess, After-school Adventures are designed to provide Lower School students with enriching, engaging ‘beyond the curriculum’ experiences in areas including the arts, science, language, and athletics. These fee-based extracurricular activities run in sessions each trimester and are offered after regular school hours. Specific courses are taught by Ellis faculty and experienced educators on a rotating basis and have included diverse offerings such as drama, bead making, chess, and cartooning. 

    Students in grades 3 and 4 can participate in our developmental After-school Athletics program. Girls develop strength and resilience, both mentally and physically, and they experience the joy of testing limits. Skills training begins in Lower School with a focus on the fundamentals in soccer, basketball, lacrosse, tennis, dance, and many other sports. These athletic programs are offered as part of the After-school Adventures Program. 
  • After-school Workshops | grades 5 to 12

    Cultivate skill and strategy in fencing or develop mindfulness and confidence in yoga. After-school Workshops offer a variety of courses in creative arts, sciences, and languages for students in grades 5 to 12. These fee-based extracurricular activities run in sessions each trimester. Workshops are offered after regular school hours, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Specific offerings change each trimester. Courses are taught by Ellis faculty and experienced educators.
  • Extended Day | pre-kindergarten to grade 8

    The Extended Day Program offers a well-supervised after-school environment for Ellis students between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. The Extended Day Program includes a healthy snack, extra time for homework completion, and hands-on art making activities. Additional coverage is available on select in-service and parent-teacher conference days. The Extended Day Program is a fee-based program and is offered daily. Parents may contract for any number of days per week or may use the program on a drop-in basis.
  • Ellis Music Academy | pre-kindergarten to grade 12

    Ellis Music Academy is a fee-based program that gives students the opportunity to study with a private music instructor during the school year before school or between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. By beginning or continuing to play a musical instrument, students are exposed to creative opportunities while learning commitment, self-discipline, and leadership skills. Academy instructors are passionate, patient, and adept at engaging learners in music theory and performance. Private instruction is offered in guitar, piano, strings, voice, and winds. Lessons are also available during the summer.

Return on Investment with After-school Programs

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  • Girls learn best by doing.

    After-school Programs provide hands-on opportunities to explore talents, apply class-learnings, and build confidence through shared experiences with friends and mentors.
  • We know that girls learn some of life’s most important lessons outside of the school day.

  • Ellis is committed to providing safe, structured community

    that engages students in positive social situations and provides space for personal development.
  • After-school sports programs emphasize the character-building dimension of athletics,

    rather than idolizing individual talent or touting a final score.
  • Students have a chance to participate in every practice and game,

     and coaches focus on the social development dimension of athletics—the importance of effective communication, of transcending individual performance, and of developing healthy bodies to complement maturing minds.