building character and citizenship
The corridors of the Lower School are teeming with laughter, camaraderie, and a sense of purpose inspired by the School’s commitment to character and citizenship. Our curriculum help girls know who they are and see how every girl, no matter how young, helps to make the world a better place.
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.
All of this is complemented by a robust after school program that includes extended day activities, special classes, and athletics that encourage teamwork and risk-taking. Together, this combination of classroom learning and real-world practice helps girls develop courage, resilience, and character.