Best Practices


A successful education in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) provides students with key competencies and skills in all five disciplines, creates critical thinkers and makers, increases scientific literacy, and grows the next generation of innovators.

Through community partnerships, Ellis is rising to meet the rapid change inherent in our fast-paced, technology-driven world. We’re constantly pursuing new learning opportunities and we make STEAM and maker education a top priority at every grade level.

As an all-girls school, we understand and provide the 4Cs—communication, collaboration, creativity, and context—so that girls understand and get excited about careers in STEAM. These same cutting-edge skills have made Ellis graduates competitive in the STEAM workforce.

Who will drive the world’s engine of scientific discovery? Who will conceive of tomorrow’s innovations? Who will fill the jobs of the future and move the world forward? Expect these leaders to be Ellis students—girls who have been shaped by a deeply personalized and creative experience that maximizes the use of meaningful technology.

STEMx and Innovation

Engineering Success

Computer science education begins in the Lower School, where students become problem solvers and creators of their own content. They learn computer languages that prepare them to design their own programs and inventions.

The Ellis Middle School is known for shaping scientific minds. After two years of required computer science classes in grades 5 and 6, students may choose to take a mobile robotics elective where they learn to build and program robots. Girls are also introduced to FIRST LEGO League Robotics and participate in the Future City engineering competition, where they compete and collaborate as a team. Students compete in—and win—state and regional science competitions such as the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS).

The Upper School offers Advanced Placement classes in Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry. Introduction to Engineering, Introduction to Computer Science, and Computer Science II are also offered. Additionally, students are well-prepared to compete for a spot on the Girls of Steel robotics team offered through Carnegie Mellon University.

Ellis Engineers in the News

List of 3 news stories.

  • Ellis Seniors Partner with VA Hospital

    Science, technology, medicine, and music? Seniors, Katie Brandegee and Pallavi Muluk are fusing together their creative passions and intellectual pursuits into their final senior project. Katie and Pallavi are partnering with the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System at their H.J. Heinz Campus in Aspinwall to organize a variety show for veterans, employees, family, and friends.
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  • Ellis Student Finishes in Top Ten at Math Competition

    Ellis student Stephanie Somlo, Class of 2022, placed tenth overall out of more than one hundred students at the MATHCOUNTS competition at the A.W. Beattie Career Center on Saturday, February 11. Stephanie and the Ellis team went head-to-head against local schools to test their mathematical, probability, and problem-solving skills.
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  • Pallavi Muluk, Class of 2017

    Ellis Students Win PJAS Competition Awards

    Twelve Ellis students were awarded either first or second place at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) Regional Competition held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Duquesne University. Several students won additional special awards of merit as well. Students in grades 7 to 12 have worked tirelessly on their presentations since the fall, spending time outside of the classroom to develop, research, and analyze their original ideas prior to the competition.
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