All-Girls Education

The Ellis School Values Each and Every Girl

Imagine a culture that challenges girls to rise above the norm. Imagine an environment that inspires hard work and rewards brilliant mistakes. Imagine a community committed to developing tomorrow’s leaders. Imagine a school that embraces diversity and seeks to make a difference in the world. These are the hallmarks of the Ellis experience. This is what empowers the Ellis student.
We give every girl the resources, safety, and support she needs to discover her best self and unlock her unique potential—both as a student and as a person. Here, girls are encouraged to dream big, lead with authority, and seize every opportunity.

The Ellis School is Pittsburgh’s only age 3 to grade 12 independent school dedicated to the superior education of girls and young women. We continually innovate to ensure that all aspects of the Ellis experience are of the highest caliber and are tailored to help girls thrive in school and excel in life. Since 1916, girls have enrolled here to come into their own and become outstanding women.

What the Research Shows

  • Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools
    Differences in their Characteristics and the Transition to College
    Research from UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies shows solid evidence of girls' schools' effectiveness. This national study shows the statistically significant edge girls' school graduates have over their coed peers. This peer-reviewed research disentangles the effects of single-sex education from confounding demographic influences.

    According to the UCLA report, which was commissioned by the National Coalition of Girls' Schools, girls' school graduates consistently assess their abilities, self-confidence, engagement, and ambition as either above average or in the top 10 percent. Compared to their coed peers, they have more confidence in their mathematics and computer abilities and study longer hours. They are more likely to pursue careers in engineering, engage in political discussions, keep current with political affairs, and see college as a stepping stone to graduate school.