A Program of Schools for Children


Our Vision

To prepare and inspire children to make their world a better place.

Our Mission

Lesley Ellis School prepares accomplished, inquisitive and inspired learners by providing a challenging, student-centered, and anti-bias curriculum within a tightly connected community.

Our Core Values

We are open and accepting: a place where everyone feels at home.

We are caring and supportive. We take time to nurture and know each other.

We work together to create an environment where each child’s potential is reached.

Learning is fun. Our teachers are passionate and creative.

We respect each other’s differences and unique qualities.

We are a community that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion

We make our decisions based on what is best for each child.

A Diverse and Welcoming Community

Everybody is part of something bigger at Lesley Ellis. Everyone belongs. We value each child as a unique individual and also as a member of a vibrant community. Everyone has something to contribute. Everyone makes a difference.

Our commitment to celebrating the broad spectrum of human variety has enriched our community with differences of all kinds. Not only do we welcome families from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds—who bring a diversity of identities, family structures, and belief systems—but we also intentionally explore diversity, equity, and justice as core tenets of our school. We put sensitive topics on the table, so children have a safe place to learn and practice:

  • How to resolve differences successfully
  • How to think about the meaning of community
  • How to support each other

Community is something we consciously create at Lesley Ellis. We work hard at it and nurture it. Our anti-bias curriculum sets both our agenda and tone, ensuring that our values are ever-present. We respect each other’s work, interests, and histories. This is a place where ideas are valued and exchanged freely, and where we listen thoughtfully. We take care of each other and the community to which we all belong.

Lesley Ellis supports the growth of confident, ethical learners by balancing core academic skill building and knowledge acquisition with age appropriate social and emotional development.

Our intentionally small size supports our mission to:

  • know every child’s unique talents and interests and understand the learners sitting in front of us at the moment;
  • work towards each child’s individual goals while continually discovering and developing new skills;
  • take advantage of flexible opportunities at each instructional level to engage students in the most meaningful ways;
  • constantly implement new ways to challenge students who thrive at an accelerated pace;
  • creatively support students who benefit from supplemental instruction;
  • demonstrate and guide behavior that is respectful, kind, collaborative, inclusive, creative, and perseverant.