Lesley Ellis School

  • 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1886
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students225 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
22%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Lesley Ellis School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers42 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
90%
Average Class Size16 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$26,765
Tuition NotesEarly Childhood Tuition starting at $10,701 depending on individual schedule.
% on Financial Aid
25%
Acceptance Rate
90%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorTricia Moran

Sports

Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, SoccerBasketballCross Country,
Soccer

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Middle School Clubs

Arts and Music Programs:
Arts Block and Arts Apprenticeship

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: 43 teachers; most 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, art studio, library, makerspace, music classroom, Spanish classroom, gymnasium for sports, special events and performances. Two outside playgrounds, an Outdoor Classroom, tennis courts, basketball court, playing fields. Computer lab; extensive children's library collection. Regular use of community and greater Boston resources.
  • Application deadline is January 15. Rolling admission is available after that date as spaces remain.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Belmont
    Grades: PK-8
    2.3 miles
    55 Day School Lane
    Belmont, MA 02478
    (617) 484-3078
    2.3 PK-8
    n/a
  • Cambridge
    Fayerweather Street School
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    Alternative School
    Grades: PK-8 | 200 students
    1.3 miles
    765 Concord Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    (617) 876-4746
    1.3 PK-8
    200
  • Cambridge
    Grades: PK-8 | 205 students
    1.5 miles
    5 Cadbury Road
    Cambridge, MA 02140
    (617) 354-3880
    1.5 PK-8
    205
  • Cambridge
    Grades: PK-8 | 525 students
    2.5 miles
    178 Coolidge Hill
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    (617) 520-5200
    2.5 PK-8
    525
  • Arlington
    St Agnes School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: NS-8 | 204 students
    0.7 miles
    39 Medford Street
    Arlington, MA 02474
    (781) 643-9031
    0.7 NS-8
    204

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
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We have been at Lesley Ellis School for two full years now (my oldest transferred from a public school in the middle of 1st grade). We have just been so incredibly impressed with our children's school experience at LES (our younger two started in preschool and kindergarten this year). The focus on social-emotional learning has been amazing for all three of my kids, as well as the hands-on learning and balanced curriculum that allows them to explore many interests. We love the outdoor time (4x as much recess time as there was in our previous school) as well as an outdoor classroom and walks around the neighborhood that mesh with the learning to go on inside the building). The school is really a thought-leader in anti-bias education as well, something our family thinks is so critical in the 21st century — we love how the teachers delve into important issues in age-appropriate ways.
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What a wonderful school. The middle school experience is paradise. Or child has grown so much here, intellectually and personally.
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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.
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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.
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