Summer Programs at The Ellis School provide experiences that enable young minds of all ages to make meaningful connections through collaboration, friendship, and community through a variety of daytime offerings. Campers will cultivate creative thinking and problem-solving skills as they engage in real-world, project-based learning packed full of summer FUN! 
Coed Kid Camps for girls and boys ages 3 to 10 offer a summer of fun and learning for all. Half-day and full-day camp sessions are available!
Changemakers Lab is a summer institute for girls ages 10–17 to collaborate on an interdisciplinary real-world project.

2021 Summer Program Schedule

Coed Kid Camps
Half-day Sessions
(Ages 3–5)
Coed Kid Camps
Full-day Sessions
(Ages 3–10)
Changemakers Lab
(Ages 10–17)
Camps for Ellis Students Only
Week 1:
June 14-18
Story Elements
Your Story
Art in Community  
Week 2:
June 21-25
Collaborative Storytelling
Our Story
Week 3:
June 28-July 2
Nature Exploration Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renew Urban Ecology
Week 4:
July 5-9
Make It & Sustain It Sustainable World
Week 5:
July 12-16
STEAM Digital Citizenship
Week 6:
July 19-23
Jobs in Science Real-world Careers
Week 7:
July 26-30
Famous Leaders Super Leaders Performance by Design
Week 8:
August 2-6
I Am a Leader
Led By Me
Week 9:
August 9-13
Engineer the Future
Week 10:
August 16-20
Study Skills Boot Camp & Summer Reading Seminar


Interested in registering for Coed Kid Camps or Changemakers Lab?
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Policies and Procedures

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  • COVID-19 Health Protocols

    At The Ellis School, the health and safety of our campers and summer program staff is our highest priority. To ensure the safety of everyone involved in our summer programs, all programs will follow Ellis’ COVID-19 health protocols. All camp participants will be asked to complete a health screening via the Magnus app each day prior to arriving on campus. 
  • If Camp is Canceled Due to COVID-19

    If Camp Is Canceled Due to COVID-19 After It Has Begun:
    If a program has begun and is in progress (i.e. mid-week) but must be canceled due to COVID-19, all registered families will receive a prorated refund for the days we cannot operate on campus.

    If Camp Is Canceled Due to COVID-19 Before It Begins:
    If a program is canceled due to COVID-19 prior to its start, a full refund will be issued to all families registered for that program. 
  • Important Payment Dates, Deposits, and Cancellations

    • Full payment for all summer programs is due upon registration. 
    • After the first day of the camp program, no refunds are given unless the camp is canceled due to COVID-19.
    • Canceled registrations are eligible for a refund minus 20% through May 1, 2021.
    • If registration has closed on the website, please reach out directly to Jenna Bowman, Director of Summer Programs, to sign up: or 412-266-8238
    • All summer camp offerings in 2021 are subject to minimum and maximum enrollment. In the event of a cancellation due to low enrollment, The Ellis School will notify registered families in advance and refund the entire program fee.
  • Absences and Changes in Schedule

    To maintain proper records and ensure the safety of our campers and staff, please notify Jenna Bowman, Director of Summer Programs, at 412-266-8238 of any absences from half-day or full-day camps for ages 3-10. There are no credits or refunds due to illness or absence, including possible COVID-19 exposures or failure to meet Ellis’ COVID-19 health screening requirements.

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  • Camper Policies

    Summer Programs at The Ellis School strive to empower and inspire all students through learning and having fun in a structured and safe environment.
    Behaviors that are not tolerated at The Ellis School:
    • Hitting, shoving, pushing, or physical violence
    • Verbal abuse, offensive language, or bullying
    • Lying or manipulating the truth
    • Stealing or taking things without asking
    • Destroying property
    • Possessing, using, or distributing drugs or alcohol
    • Bringing weapons of any kind to camp
    • Ignoring counselor or staff directions
    In extreme cases, to ensure the safety of the camp community, the Camp Director reserves the right to expel campers at their own discretion. In this situation, refunds will not be provided.
  • Parent/Guardian Policies

    Please respect our hardworking staff by ensuring timeliness at drop-off and pick-up. Regular camp arrival time is from 8:15–9:15 a.m. Regular dismissal time is from 12:00–12:15 p.m. for half-day camp sesssions and 3:00–3:15 p.m. for full-day camp sessions (with the exception of Performance by Design, which will dismiss from 4:00–4:15 p.m.). Participants will not be admitted before 8:15 a.m. and will only be admitted after passing the COVID-19 screening app.
    For the safety of all children, parents and guardians are not permitted to visit campers during the camp day. If an emergency arises and you must contact your child(ren), please contact Jenna Bowman, Director of Summer Programs, at 412-266-8238 so we can immediately assist you.
  • Health and Medication Policies

    If your camper is a current Ellis student, her medical and immunization information is already on file. If any changes or updates have arisen this year, please be sure to update your daughter’s Magnus profile before June 1, 2021.

    If your camper is not a current Ellis student, you will need to complete the Summer Camp Health Form, which can be filled out online within the Ellis Summer Camp Registration Form. You will also need to provide a copy of your camper’s immunization form to our school nurse, Lynette MacLeod. 

    Copies of the immunization form can be emailed to Nurse MacLeod at or mailed to the School: The Ellis School, Attn: Lynette MacLeod, 6425 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

    Please note that we are prohibited by state law from allowing your camper to remain on campus without current medical and immunization information on file. Participants will only be admitted after passing the COVID-19 screening app.

    Please bring your child's labeled medications on the first day of camp with specific times and doses. Any child that has not attended Ellis this year or a current student with a new prescription will need a note from their doctor so that the medication can be administered by the nurse.

    Only parents and guardians may bring medications to camp. Our nurse can only accept labeled prescription medicines in original containers and will distribute them during the day as required. For the well-being of all children, please do not use camp as a time to transition a camper off of medications.

    Keep children home from camp when they are ill and/or pick them up if they become sick at camp. Campers must be 24 hours fever-free before they can return to camp (below 100 degrees Fahrenheit). Participants will only be admitted after passing the COVID-19 screening app.
  • Arrival and Dismissal Policies

    Campers will not be admitted earlier than 8:15 a.m. Parents/guardians should walk their young child(ren) to the main gate but are not allowed on campus or inside any school buildings. Before-care is free and available for campers of all ages every day! 

    All full-day camps end at 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Parents/guardians of younger children should come to the main entrance and buzz the intercom to pick up their child(ren). Families can pre-register and pay for after-care during online camp registration should they need extended care. After-care for campers ages 3-10 runs daily from 3:15 to 5:45 p.m. 

Meet Our Team

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Jenna Bowman

    Mrs. Jenna Bowman 

    Director of After-school and Summer Programs
  • Photo of Valerie Herrero

    Ms. Valerie Herrero 

    Community Outreach Manager
  • Photo of Diana Hurd

    Ms. Diana Hurd 

    Director of Strategic Marketing, Communications, and Outreach