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.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 251 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $26,765
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Lesley Ellis School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
251 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
Lesley Ellis School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Early Childhood Tuition starting at $10,701 depending on individual schedule.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Tricia Moran


Total Sports Offered
3 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
2 extracurriculars
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.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Lesley Ellis School cost?
Lesley Ellis School's tuition is approximately $26,765 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Lesley Ellis School?
The acceptance rate of Lesley Ellis School is 90%, which is higher than the national average of 70%.
What sports does Lesley Ellis School offer?
Lesley Ellis School offers 3 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country and Soccer.
What is Lesley Ellis School's ranking?
Lesley Ellis School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees, Largest student body and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Lesley Ellis School?
The application deadline for Lesley Ellis School is Jan. 15 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 15 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
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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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 251 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $26,765
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Middlesex County, MA is $28,015 for elementary schools and $45,330 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Middlesex County, MA is 61% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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