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A+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Sports
    B+
Address
6425 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Telephone
(412) 661-5992
Organization Memberships
NAIS

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 committed to preparing, empowering, and inspiring each and every girl through an excellent education in an all-girls environment. This maximizes girls' intellectual, physical, emotional, and social growth. At Ellis, girls of all ages learn to take risks, work collaboratively, ask questions, and pursue their dreams. There is no place like Ellis. As the only independent school for girls age 3 to grade 12, Ellis provides an environment that is nurturing and academically challenging. Here girls are free to know themselves, discover their gifts, and find their own voice.

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1310
33 responses
Average ACT
31
19 responses

Culture & Safety

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Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
395
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
5:1
National
17:1
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Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    B
  4. Good for Families
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$42,450
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$844
National
$949
Median Home Value
$100,800
National
$184,700

The Ellis School Reviews

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We recently moved to Pittsburgh. When looking at schools (public and private) for our daughter, we were focused academic performance AND school diversity/climate. We chose Ellis because the racial & socioeconomic diversity in this school is not only present but valued. We also chose this school because the teachers demonstrated a high degree of competence and interest in culturally-relevant pedagogy. Children engage in wide ranges of learning strategies. Every girl is valued for her unique contributions. The teachers quickly saw the strengths AND areas of challenge for my daughter. She is an easy kid and does well socially & emotionally. I often worried that, because teachers enjoyed having her in class, her areas of challenge would be overlooked. She is thriving after 5 months. The tuition is significant. However, they make it reasonable to deal with through payment plans and/or financial aid. Don't hesitate to explore this unique place!
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Ellis is an incredible learning environment. Due to the small class sizes there is an incredible sense of community and students are always willing to study together or help one another. The school has a strong emphasis on college preparation, the effects of which I only realized after I took college classes over the summer. My Ellis education has not only enabled me to gain admission to top colleges but has prepared me to succeed at them. The teachers at Ellis are also incredibly passionate in their respective subjects, and it is very easy for students to form relationships and gain teachers as mentors.
We are so pleased with the Ellis School and the opportunities they have presented to our daughter in her first year attending. Our always curious child has thrived in the environment there and she is excited to share with us what she's learned and how she's learned it. Sometimes, she doesn't even know she is learning, because it's hands-on fun, that just feels like play time, BUT the methods work! Interactive, creative thinking, a mix of small and large group exercises, with a perfect mix of science, art, gym, library, language and music, etc to keep their minds and bodies active. Exceptional field trips, learning charitable giving, learning about empowering women of our past, working together to create big things! I'm excited for my child and to see what great things she encounters next year at Ellis!!