The Computer Science Department at Ellis is committed to providing our students with a challenging and fun learning experience in an equitable environment. We strive to educate our students to be knowledgeable, flexible, creative problem solvers who will contribute to understanding and collaboration in a diverse society through the responsible use of technology.
The goals of the Upper School Computer Science Department are:
To develop students' understanding of technology by teaching programming, communication, and problem-solving skills.
To provide productivity tools and a technology-friendly environment for students and faculty to learn, experiment, create, and collaborate.
To assist students in the use of technology for effective learning in all subjects.
To foster the development of media literacy and computer ethics in the Ellis community.
She is about 3 feet tall. She wears glasses. She is wearing green from head to toe. No, she is not a kindergarten student, she is a robot. The new Ellis Choitek Mark II Robot to be exact!
Director of Educational Technology, Tim Howard, introduced the new Ellis robot to Upper School computer science classes last week with the help of creator and founder, John Choi. Choi is a Computer Science and Arts student from Carnegie Mellon University who founded Choitek in 2016 to support education and to advance mobile robotics in classrooms around the country.
According to the National Science Foundation, women make up 46% of the total workforce but hold only 24% of jobs in technical or STEM fields. This trend begins well before entering the job market. Engaging girls in STEM early and often is essential to create confidence and competence, and close the gender gap in technical careers. This is why students at The Ellis School are joining in on one of the largest learning events in history: Hour of Code.
On October 21, Ellis Upper School students, along with Upper School Computer Science Teacher, Michele Lombardi, had the opportunity to attend Carnegie Mellon University’s section of Society of Women Engineers (SWE) High School Day.
33 percent of students who take the AP exams earn a 5, the highest possible score, as compared to 14 percent nationally.
AP courses are available in 13 disciplines at Ellis and in eight more through the Online School for Girls.
More than 70 percent of our Upper School students are enrolled in higher-level math and science classes, as compared to 22 percent nationally.
An exceptional visual and performing arts faculty offers 25 electives. Student artists are showcased at a biennial arts festival, and senior visual arts students are featured in group shows.
In 2013, 75 percent of Upper School students who participated in Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science earned first-place awards; the Girls of Steel FIRST Robotics team went to the championship event as the Engineering Inspiration awardees.
Ellis is one of a handful of girls’ schools pioneering the development of engineering and robotics curricula for girls. Girls in all divisions learn the engineering design process.