Mission & Vision, Values

Diversity

The Ellis community pursues, supports, and embraces diversity of all kinds, recognizing the collective strength derived from our individual differences. Ellis is committed to diversity and inclusion in areas such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economics, ability, religion, and age.  Ellis supports diversity and inclusion in the following ways:

Groups
Ellisians For an Inclusive Community (EFIC): group of faculty, administrators, and staff who meet monthly with the Diversity Coordinator to help promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in all aspects of school life.  The Diversity Coordinator and EFIC select topics for Diversity Brown Bag Lunches, which are open to all employees, and for Employee Diversity Professional Development Workshops.

Student Clubs
  • Ellis Student Diversity Club
  • Affinity Groups: Sisterhood (Black Student Affinity Group); Little Asia Club (East Asian Student Affinity Group); Latina Affinity Group
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Jewish Student Union

PROGRAMS
Student-Led Diversity Conference Culture Jam: annual conference organized by the Student Diversity Club, with keynote speakers and a dozen student-facilitated workshops focusing on topics relating to a theme and diversity identifiers such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economics, religion, ability, and age. Participants include students from a dozen area schools.
Heritage Day: annual celebration of diversity with Ellis families sharing ethnic traditions and foods with Ellis community members.
Festival of Languages: World Language Department’s tri-annual celebration of languages and cultures led by students, parents, and guests.
Student-Led Programs including Day of Silence, Stand Against Racism, Bridging Faiths, and Equal Pay Day.

CURRICULUM
All three divisions are committed to incorporating diversity and inclusion in their academic program. Lower School units address history, heritage, culture and social justice issues. Middle School includes projects such as The Civil Rights Movement and classes focused on social justice, the law, and human rights. Upper School delves deeply into topics of diversity through electives like Gender and Power, mini courses, and senior projects that allow for girls to explore issues of personal, cultural, and political significance.

ELLIS DIVERSITY STATEMENT

As an inclusive community, The Ellis School is committed to promoting equity, respecting and honoring our differences, and affirming and embracing our similarities.