Lesley Ellis School

Tel: (781)641-1346
Grades: NS-8 | 182 students
Lesley Ellis serves children in Preschool (2.9) to Grade 8 in a welcoming, diverse independent school community.
Lesley Ellis offers outstanding, innovative academic programs for Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle School students which emphasize critical thinking.
We value what makes our children unique, and we encourage them to apply their own talents and passions to their learning.
Our community is centered on the values of mutual respect and global citizenship.
Lesley Ellis School prepares accomplished, inquisitive and inspired learners by providing a challenging, student-centered, and anti-bias curriculum within a tightly connected community.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded 1886

Student Body

Total Students 182 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade Lesley Ellis School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 16 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $23,995
Tuition Notes Early Childhood Tuition starting at $10,899 depending on individual schedule.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Tricia Moran


Total Sports Offered 2 sports
Sports Cross Country, SoccerCross CountrySoccer,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Arts Block and Arts Apprenticeship, Middle School Clubs Arts Block and Arts Apprenticeship,
Middle School Clubs,

School Notes:

  • Accreditations: Lesley Ellis is accredited by the Association of Independent Schools in New England and the National Association of Independent Schools.
  • Philosophy: Independent elementary/middle school. Individualized, developmental teaching practice with strong academics and an award-winning anti-bias curriculum
  • Teachers: 33 teachers; 26 have advanced degrees; 90 percent have 5 or more years of experience. Several teachers are affiliated with graduate schools of education.
  • Specialists: Music, reading, Spanish, library, physical education, art, theater
  • Features: Experiential learning incorporating regular field trips. Multi-age classrooms in elementary and middle school programs. Spanish beginning in Preschool. Music, physical education and middle school athletics. Early drop-off available at 8:00 a.m. Afterschool program until 5:30 p.m. Vacation program. Summer program.
  • Hometowns: Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Cambridge, Lexington, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Somerville, Watertown, Winchester, and surrounding areas.
  • Resources: Large, sunlit classrooms in the former Gibbs School building in Arlington. Over 7,000 sq. feet of flexible space for art, music, Spanish, and special events and performances. Two outside play areas. Computer lab; extensive children's library collection. Regular use of gymnasium and performing arts theater; regular use of community and greater Boston resources.
  • Application deadline is January 15. Rolling admission is available after that date as spaces remain.

Profile last updated: 09/16/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Dearborn Academy (0.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Dearborn Academy (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is St. Agnes School (0.4 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Arlington
    Dearborn Academy
    Special Education School
    Grades: 1-12 | 148 students
    0.3 miles
    34 Winter St
    Arlington, MA 02474
  • Arlington
    St. Agnes School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 323 students
    0.4 miles
    39 Medford Street
    Arlington, MA 02474
  • Arlington
    Grades: 9-12 | 650 students
    0.4 miles
    16 Medford St
    Arlington, MA 02474
  • Arlington
    Grades: NS-K | 103 students
    0.7 miles
    17 Irving Street
    Arlington, MA 02476
  • Cambridge
    International School of Boston
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: PK-12 | 639 students
    0.9 miles
    45 Matignon Road
    Cambridge, MA 02140

School Reviews

We have had a wonderful experience at Lesley Ellis. The teachers and administrators are so talented and caring. It is a great group of parents accomplished in the arts and non profit institutions. Small classes, lots of enrichment offerings. Highly recommended.
- Posted by Parent, 05/18/13
Our family has been so happy at Lesley Ellis. The faculty are dedicated, talented and really know the children as individuals. The innovative curriculum is challenging yet fun and the students are being well prepared to be life-long learners and responsible, caring members of society.
- Posted by Parent, 12/11/12

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