We are Ambitious
At Lesley Ellis School, we offer children a wide variety of educational opportunities and ambitious academic challenges. Our students reach high because they are engaged and curious about the world.
We believe that the best teaching comes from a deep understanding of each student. Our students amaze us with how far they will reach once we engage and support them—and know them well. In our elementary program Lesley Ellis teachers typically stay with the same students for two consecutive grades, enabling them to delve deeply into social studies and science topics. Students split into smaller groups for math and reading instruction so that they are challenged at just the right level.
Lesley Ellis School provides an educational environment dedicated to integrating, building upon, and valuing the differing needs and unique qualities of all students. The school follows a developmental model of education, which serves the whole child. Curriculum at each grade level is designed to be both age-appropriate and to meet the range of needs and abilities of the individual children in each group. We communicate respect for children and their developmental needs, cultural or family backgrounds, and learning styles. Through this attitude of respect, we work to enhance children’s feelings of self-worth, build a joy for learning, and provide a steady stream of academic challenges – in an atmosphere where they can develop satisfying relationships with other children, their teachers, and the school community.
Exploration, Expression and Individual Development
As children progress through the different grade levels, they gain skills in critical thinking and creative conflict resolution by examining multiple perspectives. Students are encouraged to express their autonomy and initiative and to take pride in their efforts so that they can develop into active and cooperative problem solvers. Teachers introduce elements of art, literacy, mathematics, music, physical education, science, social studies, Spanish and technology. This is done in ways that both appeal to and challenge the natural curiosity and instincts of their students. The curriculum at Lesley Ellis School values the process of discovery and focuses on exploration, expression, and individual development to help children become effective, competent, and caring members of society. Students are also given many opportunities to work together and learn to support themselves and their peers in their efforts to appreciate the various ways to complete an activity or solve difficult problems.