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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Sports
    B

Applying

Application Deadline
January 1
Application Fee
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$28,000
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
30%
Average Financial Aid
From The Ellis School

The Ellis School is Pittsburgh’s leading age 3 to grade 12 private school, dedicated to educating girls and young women to become bold, authentic, and intellectually vibrant changemakers. Providing an unmatched interdisciplinary education in the heart of Pittsburgh's East End, The Ellis School develops girls and young women who tussle creatively and boldly with real-world problems and who are ready, excited, and committed to making a positive change in the world.

The Ellis School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1310
47 responses
Average ACT
31
26 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
50%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.4 responses
Poll
0%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.4 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 9 responses
Report
  • Green and White Teams
    22%
  • Heritage Day
    22%
  • Potlatch
    22%
  • Spirit Week
    22%
  • Spirit Week
    11%

    Students

    Diversity
    B+
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    395
    80%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.5 responses
    60%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.5 responses
    60%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.5 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    5:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    67%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.6 responses
    Poll
    67%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.6 responses
    Poll
    67%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.6 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    B+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Very High
    Boys Athletic Participation
    75%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.4 responses
    25%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.4 responses
    75%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.4 responses
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      C-
    2. Good for Families
      A
    3. Housing
      B-
    Median Household Income
    $55,287
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,239
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $364,044
    National
    $184,700

    The Ellis School Reviews

    28 reviews
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    My experience at Ellis has been incredible. I could've never imagined when I first came to Ellis, 4 years ago, that I would grow so much as a person and a student in such a short amount of time. The community at Ellis is unlike anything I've ever been apart of before. In a class of 23, I've never once felt out of place or like I didn't have a friend to go to in a moment of distress. The academics have been difficult, but everything is manageable. As long as you stay focused and work hard, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. This is a major value that's been instilled in me by Ellis. If you're able to, please consider sending your child to Ellis!
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    Overall they overworked students with busy work that was ineffectual on our actual knowledge of material. Severely miss handled interpersonal issues that were a matter of safety. This is a predominantly white school and if you are anything but white, micro aggressions will be received on the daily. Despite having many trans students many teachers are quite unhelpful with name changes and pronouns (if you were wondering this is not actually an all girls school). This school strongest point are there teachers, some of these teachers leave life-changing impacts on their students. It is however a mixed bag. Ellis has a pretty good arts program however, a lot of it comes directly out of teachers pockets and sufficient lacks funding. If your child has any intellectual disabilities there are accommodations but, your child will be punished in their grade for it. The school also has a terrible guidance counsellor, who is far too inapt for the job.An ill fit for children w/ mental illness
    This school made me realize how important relationships with women are. As a kid who had only attended co-ed schools their whole life, this school was a major change for me. I had the stereotypical idea that all women were gonna be catty and rude and Ellis completely changed that for me. Ellis allowed getting rid of those misogynistic ideals I had instilled in me from a young age. Their whole message of "More Power to Her" stands true as the school does push their students to their limits and boosts their confidence by allowing them to have a voice. From having a voice to speak in class discussions to meeting with the head of school and voicing their opinion on class sizes or specific teachers. There is a lack of diversity and you cannot necessarily blame it on the school because they have clearly made efforts but those are not enough. Due to the cost of the school and the lack of diversity in the staff, I do understand why students of color would avoid a school like Ellis.