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  • The Ellis School Class of 2024 on Arbuthnot porch.

    Class of 2024 College Commitments

    The 16 members of The Ellis School’s Class of 2024 will matriculate to 16 distinct institutions across eight states. Among these institutions are an institute of technology, R1: Doctoral Universities, a university in our nation’s capital, a women’s college, a historically black university, and an array of compelling liberal arts colleges.
  • Linda Tonetti Dugan works with students in the art studio.

    Ellis Recognizes Departing Employees in 2023–2024 School Year

    As the 2023-2024 school year draws to a close, The Ellis School recognizes teachers and staff who will leave their Ellis positions for new adventures.
  • Sara Woodside and Sarina Pretter read to an Ellis kindergarten class.

    Ellis Senior Projects Explore Wellness, STEM Education, Sports, Art and More

    Ellis seniors Sara Woodside and Sarina Pretter loved being in Amye Sledge’s Pre-K class. It’s where they learned to read, and where they acted out countless scenes of adventure from their imaginations.
  • Esty HENTELEFF '23

    One Year After Ellis: Esty HENTELEFF ’23

    When Esty HENTELEFF ’23 graduated from Ellis last year and headed to North Carolina State University, she was a bit nervous about leaving home but excited for her newfound independence. She declared an Environmental Science major and intends to focus on environmental design; she’s considering landscape design among other careers. Her Ellis experience prepared her well for the demanding study schedule of her freshman year, and also gave her the confidence to think about a nontraditional path through her next few years of education. With her first year of college in the books and a world of opportunity ahead of her, Esty reflected on her time at Ellis and her first year of college—and, she shared advice for Ellis’ Class of 2024 ahead of their upcoming graduation.
  • Ellis fourth graders sing a song on stage during the Lower School Musical.

    Six Things We Love About Spring at Ellis

    Spring is an exciting time for schools, and especially for Ellis, as we celebrate each student’s rise to the next grade level, prepare for a variety of special events in May and June, and bid farewell to our seniors as they embark on the next exciting step of their education. Here are highlights of some of the things we most look forward to each spring.
  • Second Grade Teacher Harry Frazee talks about Jackie Robinson.

    For Ellis Second Graders, “Fighting for a Cause” Begins in the Classroom

    “Mary McLeod Bethune!” “Susan B. Anthony!” “Rosa Parks!” “Ruth Bader Ginsburg!”

    These are just a few of the changemakers’ names that Ellis second graders shouted out when asked who they’re excited to learn about in their Fighting for a Cause unit, a Discovery Unit that focuses on people in history who stood up for positive change and advocated for the rights of others.
  • Maya Earnest-Hawken was awarded the Marcie WATERMAN Love ’56 International Travel Grant.

    Maya Earnest-Hawken Awarded Marcie WATERMAN Love '56 International Travel Grant

    Ellis junior Maya Earnest-Hawken isn’t yet sure where her career, or even her college experience, will take her but she knows one thing for certain: advocacy is important to her, and she plans to focus on it in her future.
  • Sixth grade student make decorations for Jeremiah's Place.

    Sixth Grade Service Project Supports Jeremiah’s Place

    A few days before spring break, the sixth grade homeroom was full of spring colors. Students were busy crafting decorations for a cause that many feel passionate about.
  • Dr. Reneé Brown-Antonelli is the Athletic Director at The Ellis School, beginning July 1, 2024.

    Reneé Brown-Antonelli announced as Ellis Athletic Director

    Dr. Reneé Brown-Antonelli has accepted the position of Athletic Director at The Ellis School, effective July 1, 2024.
  • Beyond Fun and Games: Language Learning Begins Early at Ellis

    Brenda Martinez’s class might look like fun and games, but spend enough time with her Lower School students as they play and you’ll start to hear a few tentatively spoken Spanish words grow into an enthusiastic Spanglish, and later into fluent conversation in a newfound second language.
  • The Student Diversity League leaders are Khyla Herbert, Zoi Sledge, Nadia Commodore, Zaitun Kirabo, and Rebekah Rapp.

    Ellis Celebrates 20 Years of Culture Jam

    Culture Jam is a long-standing tradition at The Ellis School and this year it celebrated a very special anniversary: 20 years of student changemakers making an impact through this student-led and organized diversity conference.
  • ESSA Helps Ellis Middle Schoolers Build Advocacy Skills

    You’ll hear it from fifth-grader Samantha Schiff, and from many other Ellis Middle Schoolers to follow: kids are powerful.

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