Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Lesley Ellis

State senator Cindy Friedman and state representative Sean Garballey will be at Lesley Ellis School on Wednesday, October 11 at 2:30 p.m. to help usher in the start of a new era in Arlington. Or perhaps more accurately, they will be on hand in recognition of a longstanding, educational presence in the Town.

It’s been quite a few months for Lesley Ellis School. The highly regarded independent school which serves students in prekindergarten – grade 8, has been a staple of the educational landscape in Arlington for decades. The School made its home in the town-owned Gibbs Building in East Arlington, but when the Town needed to reclaim Gibbs in order to accommodate the growing elementary school population in town, the School had to relocate.

“We’re so grateful that we found a new, permanent home right here in Arlington,” says Head of School, Deanne Benson. “We have been part of the Arlington community for more than 70 years. Nearly half of our students are from Arlington and the rest come from towns and cities very close to Arlington. Our objective from the outset was to stay in town and continue to serve the families of the local and surrounding communities. We’re thrilled to have found a beautiful, new home on Winter Street in East Arlington, just 4 blocks from our previous location!”

Immediately following the ribbon cutting, town and state officials will tour the new building with Ms. Benson.

The official ribbon cutting in celebration of the School’s new location occurs just weeks after opening its doors on the 2017 school year. “Last year, our applicant pool was the largest and strongest we’ve ever    seen,” said Tricia Moran, Director of Admission. “The new building represents an exciting time in the School’s history. We have seen interest in our academic program increase steadily over the years, with particularly high interest over the last several years. We look forward to continuing to provide a high quality, well balanced education to families in this area.”

Lesley Ellis uses a team approach to teaching—their classrooms have two teachers, allowing them to share feedback and exchange new ideas and strategies with one another. More than 70 percent of Lesley Ellis teachers have advanced degrees and most have five or more years of experience in the classroom. They also actively develop new curricula, speak at conferences, and are often invited to share their expertise with other educators.

Over the decades, Lesley Ellis has built a community dedicated to respect, acceptance and the celebration of diversity. The curriculum reflects a multicultural, non-violent approach that is mirrored in their materials, language, books and attitudes. Lesley Ellis faculty teach children about themselves and the world by paying attention to individual needs and differences both inside and outside the classroom.