Upper School


Exploration plays a central role in the acquisition of strong, flexible reasoning abilities. Mathematicians explore ideas, make conjectures, describe patterns, construct rigorous arguments, verify results, and communicate their findings both orally and in writing. The goal of the Ellis mathematics department is to develop these skills in our students. Reading and writing mathematics is also an integral part of doing mathematics. In solving problems, students learn that a lucid explanation is as important as a brilliant insight.   

Our intention is for students to appreciate the place of mathematics in our understanding of the world. Contextual problems allow students to see the power of mathematics in wide-ranging applications. But we also see mathematics as worth doing in its own right. It is a beautiful mode of thought and an unparalleled way to stretch our minds. Doing mathematics empowers girls in every area of life.

Upper School Math News

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  • Ellis Students Visit IBM and UPMC

    The Ellis Data Jam Team visited UPMC Enterprises in Bakery Square and IBM in Squirrel Hill on Wednesday, January 24 to learn about the careers of data analytics professionals. Students heard how data fuels strategies and programs, and how UPMC and IBM integrates technology and innovation into their long-term vision.
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  • Geek Street Fair is Friday, October 7 from noon to 5 p.m. at Bakery Square

    Ellis to Participate in Google's Geek Street Fair

    Google is hosting their popular Geek Street Fair for the first time in Pittsburgh on Friday, October 7, and The Ellis School is excited to join Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Technology Council, The Andy Warhol Museum, and others as a community partner. The Geek Street Fair is an interactive event to inspire kids to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and computer science. The event is open to the public and community partners include technology companies, community based organizations, museums, and content creators from across Pittsburgh.
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  • Fostering Creativity

    The Ellis School puts great focus on education in STEAM–science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. In conjunction with this creative mentality, The Ellis School is developing a fabrication laboratory, or “fab lab.” The small digital workshop will allow students to use industrial-grade technology tools like 3D printers, laser etchers, and vinyl cutters to turn ideas into inventions.
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