Character education is deeply embedded throughout the Lower School curriculum. Girls learn how concepts such as honesty, excellence, and integrity influence social studies, history, environmental justice, language arts, and sciences. Through written text, art, and role-playing, girls explore how to approach and respond to challenging real-life situations. Through daily meetings and regular assemblies, Ellis teachers and counselors mentor every girl, showing students how to apply these values to their lives in and beyond School.
These values are supported through a rich service learning program through which girls apply their knowledge in thoughtful and age-appropriate ways. For example, Lower School students collect toiletries and make handmade pillows to provide comfort to women and children staying in the Bethlehem Haven emergency transitional shelter. Kindergarten students host a food drive for East End Cooperative Ministry, a nonprofit serving at-risk children, hungry families, the homeless, and those who are ill. Girls learn that giving of their time and talents can make a difference in their community and in the lives of others.