Upper School


Our Upper School program gives students a solid foundation in science by connecting scientific concepts with real-world situations. Our goal is to foster science competency in all students through collaborative, inquiry-based, hands-on scientific investigations.

Students entering the Upper School engage in our Physics First curriculum, completing courses in physics, chemistry, and biology on their way to graduation. In addition to these core classes, students can choose from numerous electives including AP level sciences and other electives such as anatomy and physiology.

Newly renovated spaces such as our Active Classroom and CoLaboratory provide opportunities for students to utilize cutting-edge technologies including digital probeware to collect data, software to analyze and present results, and 3D printing to engineer solutions. Students develop skills related to synthesizing and communicating their findings through formal lab reports, projects, and presentations.

Extracurricular science studies are supported and encouraged, through experiences including competitions such as PJAS and partnerships with an array of local nonprofits, universities, and hospitals. Our graduates are scientifically literate: able to understand, evaluate, and critique scientific arguments, preparing them for the rigor of college level work.

Upper School Science News

List of 4 news stories.

  • Pallavi Muluk, Class of 2017

    Ellis Students Win PJAS Competition Awards

    Twelve Ellis students were awarded either first or second place at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) Regional Competition held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Duquesne University. Several students won additional special awards of merit as well. Students in grades 7 to 12 have worked tirelessly on their presentations since the fall, spending time outside of the classroom to develop, research, and analyze their original ideas prior to the competition.
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  • Ellis Senior Prepares for Final PJAS Competition

    Taylor Robinson, Class of 2017, has been interested in science for as long as she can remember. From playing with rocks to competing in local science fairs since the sixth grade, Taylor has always had a passion for science, an interest in public health, and a fascination in the correlation between the two.  
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  • Ellis Students Watch Heart Surgery at AGH

    A class of anatomy students from The Ellis School watched live as surgeons performed an open-heart surgery on Wednesday, January 18 at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH). The class of juniors and seniors sat in a viewing area above the operating room and peered through a glass window to watch the AGH team in action as they performed an LVAD (Left Ventricular Assistive Device) procedure.
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  • Ellis Students Attend Society of Women Engineers High School Day

    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.
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