About

Welcome to The Ellis School, Pittsburgh’s only age 3 to grade 12 independent school dedicated to the education of girls. 
  • Academically rigorous, urban, independent, college-preparatory school for girls
  • Age 3 – grade 12
  • Total enrollment: 390 students
  • Of our 66 faculty members, 61 percent hold master’s degrees and 5 percent hold PhDs
  • With a student-to-teacher ratio of 6:1, students across all divisions benefit from an intimate learning environment and individual attention
  • Average class size of 12
  • 38 percent of students are people of color
  • 59 zip codes and 32 school districts are represented by the student body
  • 34 percent of students receive need-based financial aid awards and scholarships
  • 3,000+ alumnae comprise an international network of support
  • 100 percent of trustees support the Ellis Annual Fund
  • 13 buildings on a beautiful campus in Pittsburgh’s East End
  • 72,600 sq ft regulation-size athletic field and four gymnasiums on campus
  • 13 AP courses offered in the Upper School
  • 100+ colleges visit campus each year
  • 100 percent of graduates say Ellis encourages high academic expectations
  • 91 percent of graduates say Ellis is a very supportive environment
  • 70 percent of Middle and Upper School students play team sports compared to 40 percent nationally
  • Ellis has many options for transportation, including school bus service from 18 districts; van service from Mt. Lebanon, South Hills, Murrysville, Sewickley, and the northern communities; and carpool

Our Mission and Vision

MISSION: The mission of The Ellis School is to prepare, empower, and inspire each and every girl through an excellent education in an all-girls environment.

VISION: Our vision is to be a leading school for girls, providing an excellent education for every student and continuing to innovate so each girl thrives in school and excels in life.

Our Values

List of 8 items.

  • All-Girls Education

    The all-girls educational environment maximizes girls’ intellectual, physical, emotional, and social growth. Girls are empowered to take risks, work collaboratively, ask questions, and pursue their dreams.
  • Balance and Wellness

    We seek intellectual, emotional, and physical health for every member of our community. We set priorities and pursue our desire for achievement in a balanced way.
  • Citizenship and Integrity

    We work to make a difference in the world. Our relationships are collaborative and responsible, and through our interactions we demonstrate honesty, integrity, and respect.
  • Diversity

    We pursue, support, and embrace diversity of all kinds, recognizing the collective strength derived from our individual differences.
  • Fun

    Joyfulness and appreciation of one another are fundamental to our School community. We make time for social interaction and fun.
  • Innovation and Excellence

    As individuals and as a community, we embrace change, pursue new opportunities, and seek continuous improvement.
  • Leadership and Individual Potential

    We know and nurture every girl through her individual journey. We provide each girl with the support she needs to know herself, to pursue excellence, and to reach her potential, both as a student and as a citizen.
  • Outstanding Academics and Teaching

    Our academic program is rigorous, engaging, and forward-thinking. Our faculty promotes critical thinking and creativity, and inspires girls to reach their full academic potential.

Associations and Accreditations

  • Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
  • Pittsburgh Consortium of Independent Schools (PCIS) 
  • The National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS)
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)