The uniform is a statement of community and serves to underscore the School motto, Esse Quam Videri: To Be, Rather Than to Seem. At Ellis, we value the inner character of a girl rather than her outside appearance. In uniform, a girl instantly belongs—she is part of a community. She is freed from focusing on her appearance and instead directs her attention to matters of substance. She can find her inner voice, focus on her studies, and become the person she is meant to be. Wearing the Ellis uniform implies pride in the group. In Lower and Middle School, the uniform is neat, comfortable, and flexible, encouraging active play and learning. The Upper School uniform, with its broader array of options, offers each girl subtle and creative ways to express her personal style and school spirit.