Lower School

Pre-kindergarten through grade 4
The Lower School provides an active, joyful elementary education and foundation for girls entering pre-kindergarten to grade 4.

Q: Why should I invest in my daughter’s education in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten?

A: To build a foundation.
The early years of your daughter’s life are arguably the most critical in her development. Decades of neuroscience research has increased our understanding of the unique importance of the first five years of a child’s life. It is in these years that the brain is growing and developing faster than at any other time. This growth depends on the interactions your daughter has with the people she encounters, the experiences she has, and the environment around her. These factors, in combination with her nature, shape the architecture of the brain, which is the basis for all future learning.

Because we understand that how a girl’s brain develops in these early years has a significant and long-lasting impact on her future, our early education programs are focused on providing positive, nurturing interactions in a safe and stimulating environment. Learning at Ellis is a social, collaborative process. In the classroom, both students and teachers come together to discover the many ways that each girl contributes to the growth and learning of the whole community. The security and emotional well-being gained from belonging to the community enables emerging cognitive abilities to flourish. Investing in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten at The Ellis School provides your daughter with the relationships, experiences, and environment necessary to construct a strong foundation for a happy, healthy life.
 

Return on Investment in the Lower School

List of 6 items.

  • 95%

    of all-girls school students report receiving more frequent feedback on their assignments and other course work than girls at coed independent schools (92%) and coed public schools (79%).1
  • 1/3

    of female corporate board members of Fortune 500 companies are all-girls school graduates.2
  • 75%

    of all-girls school students report most of their classes challenge them to achieve their full academic potential than their peers at coed independent schools (72%) and public schools (44%).1
  • 95%

    of all-girls school students report that their teachers are more likely to actively engage them in classroom discussion than their peers at coed independent schools (60%) and public schools (67%).1
  • 75%

    of girls attending all-girls schools say that the experience taught them that women can accomplish anything.2
  • 25%

    of the female representatives in Congress are all-girls school graduates.2

Footnotes

1"Steeped in Learning: The Student Experience at All-Girls Schools." (2014). National Coalition of Girls' Schools. Retrieved from www.ncgs.org.

2"The Benefits of Attending a Girls’ School." (2005). National Coalition of Girls' Schools. Retrieved from The Benefits of Attending a Girls’ School.