Thank you for your interest in Summer Camp at The Ellis School. After much careful deliberation, and with much sadness, we have decided to cancel our summer 2020 programs in light of the current state of government restrictions and health concerns. We apologize for any inconvenience and can't wait to see our campers again next summer!

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  • What are the Camp Operational Hours?

    • Summer Camp at The Ellis School is officially open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Staff will be on-site by 8:30 a.m. Campers can be dropped off starting at 8:30 a.m.
    • After-care runs from 3:00–6:00 p.m. You can register for after-care through the Ellis Summer Camp registration form.
  • What Is a Typical Day Like for Elementary School Campers?

    • Sign-in and camp welcome!
    • Theme-related activities
    • Snack
    • Theme-related activities
    • Swimming/lunch/recess
    • Special activities - visual arts, music, performing arts, athletics, etc.
    • Sign-out and goodbye!
  • What if my Child isn't Potty-Trained?

    Children ages 3 and up MUST be potty-trained to attend Summer Camp at The Ellis School. All after-care campers must be potty-trained.
  • How Do I Register?

    • To register your child(ren) for any of the camps taking place on the Ellis campus during summer 2020, view Ellis camps by age or by date and fill out the form at the bottom of the page. Registration for visiting camps taking place at Ellis can be accessed here.
    • Registration is considered complete when payment has been received. Full payment is due by June 1.
  • Who Should I Contact When My Child is Absent or If They Have Transportation Changes?

    • Please call 412-266-8238 or email Jenna Hayes, Director of Summer Programs, at to alert the Ellis Summer Camp staff of any absences, vacations, or transportation changes that may arise.
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  • Should My Camper Pack A Lunch? Is A Snack Provided?

    • Campers should pack a nut-free lunch daily.
    • Please know that refrigeration is not available for packed lunches; however, campers will have access to a microwave.
    • A nut-free snack is provided mid-morning for all campers. If children stay for after-care, another snack is served around 3:30 p.m. There are no nuts of any kind in the snacks. If your child has other life-threatening allergies, please pack a snack and lunch for them daily and notify Jenna Hayes.
    • Water is available throughout the day. Campers are welcome to bring a water bottle if they wish, but please label it!
  • Is There Swimming Every Day?

    • Campers in various camp programs will visit the Chatham University pool a few times a week. A schedule will be provided prior to the start of camp.
    • Only campers who are age 5 and above will travel to Chatham University to swim. Younger campers will enjoy fun-filled water days on campus at Ellis!
    • Please pack your camper a bathing suit, towel, and shoes that can get wet; these can be kept in your camper’s cubby until they are needed or brought in a bag if your camper is older.
    • Campers who do not take or pass the swim test will be required to wear a floatation device. These are provided for campers at Chatham.
    • There will be several lifeguards present at all times while campers are in the pool.
  • How Will My Camper be Transported To And from Chatham University?

    • The Ellis School will provide transportation via vans with car seats for each size and age of camper who is traveling to Chatham.
  • What Medical and Immunization Forms are Required?

    • If your camper is a current Ellis student, we have her medical and immunization information on file. If any changes have arisen this year, please be sure to update your daughter’s Magnus profile before camp.
    • 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 Lynette at or mailed to the School: The Ellis School, Attn: Lynette MacLeod, 6425 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
    • Please note that we are prohibited by state law from allowing your camper to remain on campus without medical and immunization information.
  • What Should My Child Bring to Camp?

    • For younger campers, please pack a change of clothes/pull-ups that are labeled with your child's first and last name in case of spills or accidents.
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottle with name labeled
    • Nut-free lunch
    • Hat for outside play
  • How Do I Drop Off and Pick Up?

    • On the first day of camp, all campers need to be checked in by a parent or guardian at the Ellis entrance.
    • On subsequent days of camp, Middle School campers may be dropped off in our front parking lot and may check themselves into their camp program. Campers under the age of 10 should continue to be accompanied by an adult for drop-off.
    • During pick-up, Middle School campers will wait to be picked up outside the entrance to the Upper School, and campers under the age of 10 will wait with a counselor outside the Lower School entrance.
    • The front gate will be locked at all times to ensure the safety of our campers. You may check in with security at the gate to request admittance at any time. Half-day campers can be picked up at the Benjamin R. Fisher Gallery entrance.
    • For after-care pick-up, please come to the Lower School lobby to sign your child out with a staff member.

Questions? Please Contact:

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    Mrs. Jenna Bowman 

    Director of After-school and Summer Programs
Please Note: This information pertains to camps run by The Ellis School and is not necessarily accurate for Luminari, Cello Fury, or Pittsburgh Pirates camps taking place on the Ellis campus.