Signature Programs

Integrated Studies

Integrated Studies at Ellis

The Integrated Studies program at Ellis gives Upper School students the opportunity to have rewarding and challenging experiences working and learning alongside entrepreneurs, scientists, teachers, and medical professionals. Girls discover who they are, what they love, and how they can give back to their communities.

All Upper School students are required to take four years of Integrated Studies Courses at Ellis.

Integrated Studies Courses

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  • VOICE & VISION | Grade 9

    In this grade nine course, students develop habits of advocacy and citizenship for the 21st century. Making use of a diverse range of digital media and creative tools encourages students to construct project-based initiatives addressing water-related issues on both local and global scales. Current partnerships with Powdermill Nature Reserve in the Laurel Highlands, and The Bajaj Foundation in Wardha, India provide opportunities for the class to explore and investigate questions and problems, and pose solutions to them.

    This course for sophomores explores the role of visual culture in our world. With a strong grounding in the history of Western art, students explore relationships between a variety of art forms and the ideas that shape them across history and place. Working in a collaborative setting, students interact with faculty from throughout the school and wider community to understand the connections between expression, power, religion, philosophy and technology.

    In this course for juniors, students enhance their global knowledge, essential skills, and innovative strategies to become effective, principled, and innovative change makers in the 21st century. Drawing on historical and present day case studies of leaders from diverse occupations, students not only study and identify essential leadership characteristics, but also develop their own models and skillsets to effect positive change. With a combination of theory and experiential learning, students deepen their knowledge of globalization and international relations as well as develop their skills in cross cultural awareness, communication, diverse team building, activism, and conflict resolution. Working in teams using human-centered design techniques, students ultimately develop and present a social-action project in response to a contemporary global challenge.
  • JUNIOR SEMINAR | Grade 11

    Standardized test taking skills and techniques are reviewed in this course for juniors. Students are made familiar with the content areas of the PSAT, the SAT, and the ACT, test taking strategies are examined, sample essays are written and evaluated, and practice is provided in taking the tests under timed conditions. In the second half of the year, the focus turns to the college application process. Students spend several weeks exploring their interests and researching colleges. They also create a resume, draft a college essay, and explore the components of a college application.
  • SENIOR SEMINAR | Grade 12

    This course for students in grade 12 is designed to help seniors as they prepare for their post-high school lives. The first half of the course focuses on the college application process and is taught by the College Counselor. Upon completion of college applications in the middle of the year, the course shifts into preparation for the transition to college and beyond and stresses the importance of making informed choices that can have a lasting effect on an individual.

    This elective exposes students to major concepts encountered in university engineering courses. Students develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, as well as document their work and communicate solutions. Throughout the course, students focus on producing ideas, crafting and testing models, and communicating results, all while fulfilling a client’s objectives and requirements. This class has an emphasis on group work as engineering is inherently a collaborative process. Students have a playground to apply concepts and practices from math, lab science, and computer science courses. This is a project-based course, with community-oriented projects planned for the second and third trimesters.


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    What are Integrated Studies?
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    The Benefits of Integrated Studies
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    Integrated Studies in an All-girls Setting