Transportation

Bus Transportation

Having access to transportation can play an important role in determining where your daughter(s) will attend school. The Ellis School is committed to supporting families in their transportation needs. Please find below, helpful information that will address questions you may have regarding transportation to and from Ellis.

In accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Education guidelines, students who live within a 10-mile radius of The Ellis School campus may be eligible for transportation from the public school district in which they reside.


Please note:

  • Wilkinsburg School District does not provide transportation for its own students in kindergarten to grade 6, and therefore is not required to provide bus transportation to Ellis students in these grades. However, students in grades 9–12 are eligible for a monthly PAT Bus Pass as long as parents provide proof of residency to Wilkinsburg School District.
  • Riverview School District provides transportation for students in grades 7–12 only.
  • Some school districts provide only one-way transportation for Kindergarten students.
  • No public school bus transportation is provided for pre-kindergarten students.

Important note for students moving from Middle to Upper School:

  • Pittsburgh Public Schools provides transportation for students in Kindergarten through grade 8 if they live more than 1.5 miles from The Ellis School. Students in grades 9-12 are only eligible for transportation if they live more than 2 miles from Ellis. PPS issues eligible students in grades 9-12 a monthly PAT bus pass for their transportation instead of being assigned to a school bus.

Below is the list of school districts that generally provide bus service to Ellis:

  • Allegheny Valley
  • North Allegheny
  • Baldwin-Whitehall
  • North Hills
  • Carlynton
  • Penn Hills
  • Chartier Valley
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools* 
  • East Allegheny
  • Plum
  • Fox Chapel
  • Riverview/Oakmont
  • Gateway
  • Shaler
  • Hampton
  • South Allegheny
  • Keystone Oaks
  • West Jefferson Hills
  • McKeesport
  • Woodland Hills
  • Montour
* Pittsburgh Public School District provides transportation for students in kindergarten to grade 8 who live more than 1.5 miles from Ellis and students in grades 9–12 who live more than 2 miles from Ellis. Eligible students in grades 9–12 will receive a monthly PAT bus pass for their transportation instead of being assigned to a school bus.

Arranging Bus Transportation

The Ellis School will notify your district to arrange for available transportation. The school districts alone determine the eligibility, routes, mode of transportation, and if applicable, bus stops and pick up/drop off times. Families are generally notified by the district in mid- to late-August of transportation details.

While Ellis does submit information to each school district office for every Ellis family, including new families, certain school districts also require various forms of identification from the family directly to confirm the information we submit. Your school district will contact you if additional information is required.

Van Service

If you reside in a school district that does not provide bus transportation for your daughter(s), the option of a van service that spans the greater Pittsburgh area is available at an additional cost. Please note that van service pricing is subject to change annually.

Sewickley: $4,000 per year for round trip and $2,000 per year for one way.

Murrysville, South Hills, and Northern Communities (Pine Richland, South Butler, Southwest Butler, Quaker Valley, and Mars areas): $4,400 per year for round trip and $2,200 per year for one way.