Upper School

Grades 9 through 12
The Upper School offers a rigorous, college preparatory academic experience for girls entering high school grades 9 to 12.

Q: Why should I invest in my daughter’s education in Upper School?

A: To inspire her.
In the Upper School, students are given the opportunities and freedom to follow their passions and journeys of self-discovery. An Ellis Upper School girl exudes individuality and confidence. She is accountable for her actions and is self-aware. She respects herself and others, acts as a responsible global citizen, and gives back to the community. Ellis girls are tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and physicians. They are future Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and MacArthur award-winning scientists. Ellis girls are leaders who seek to change the world; they are both inspired—and inspiring.

What is the Upper School like?

Return on Investment in the Upper School

List of 10 items.

  • 83%

    of all-girls school graduates perceive themselves to be better prepared for college than female counterparts from coed schools.3
  • SAT

    Graduates of all-girls schools tend to outscore their coed counterparts on the SAT.2
  • STEM

    All-girls school graduates are six times more likely to consider majoring in math, science, and technology and three times more likely to consider engineering careers compared to girls who attend coed schools.1
  • 80%

    of all-girls school graduates play competitive sports, and a majority play at least two or three sports.3
  • 36%

    of women graduates of independent single-sex schools rate themselves in the highest categories with regard to computer skills, compared to 26% of women graduates of independent coed schools.2
  • Global Citizens

    Graduates of all-girls schools are more likely than their coeducational counterparts to report that they frequently discuss politics in class and with friends. Political engagement is especially strong at independent schools, where 58% of independent all-girls school graduates report that it is “very important” or “essential” for them to keep up to date with political affairs, compared to 48% of women graduates of independent coeducational schools.2
  • 90%

    of those attending all-girls schools report belonging to a community organization such as a charitable, civic or educational group or arts association.3
  • 80%

    of all-girls school graduates hold leadership positions after high school.3
  • 60%

    of all-girls schools graduates say they believe they are better able to balance the demands of career and family than their peers.3
  • 95%

    of all-girls school graduates said that having a career and profession was very or extremely important to them.3


1Murphy, M. (2016, September). "How Do Girls Learn Best?" Raising Girls' Voices, National Coalition of Girls' Schools. Retrieved from www.ncgsblog.org/2016/09/12/how-girls-learn-best/

2Sax, L. J. (2009, March). Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools: Differences in their Characteristics and the Transition to College. The Sudikoff Family Institute for Education & New Media UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Retrieved from

3"The Benefits of Attending a Girls’ School." (2005). National Coalition of Girls' Schools. Retrieved from bbk12e1-cdn.myschoolcdn.com/ftpimages/986/misc/misc_145761.pdf.