Following final exams in mid-May, the Upper School puts a pause on traditional academic courses like math, science, and history, and transitions into mini-courses for the final weeks of the school year. Mini-courses are required, active courses that serve as the capstone of each school year and emphasize the delight of intellectual pursuits.
This experiential learning initiative offers a curriculum of non-academic courses across grade levels taught by Ellis teachers, outside experts, alumnae, and the occasional student. In mini-courses, students have time to complete individual projects, travel, and explore potential passions in courses designed to be experiential, interdisciplinary, and community-based. In recent years, students have taken study trips to Russia, England, France, Italy, Crow Canyon, Spain, and New York City.
Mini-courses are a time for Ellis girls to embrace new ideas, unwind, and have fun. A pressure-free experience, mini-courses give the Ellis Upper School community the opportunity to collaborate, reflect, and innovate together in a joyful environment before summer break.