Ellis Elementary School

The Ellis School staff create an environment that fosters student learning and values the whole child.  Parent involvement is a strong part of our school culture.  We work towards building a home-school connection to strength each student's elementary school experience. 

We are also implementing the Leader in Me program — a process for school-wide transformation that has enhanced all student’s life skills and workforce readiness while creating a safe and vibrant learning community.

Teachers are highly trained in teaching reading, writing, and mathematics. We offer an exploratory science lab with a certified science instructor. We have a computer lab with a full-time instructor. Our school also offers physical education classes. We have a state of the art library with a full-time librarian.We enhance student learning through interactive field trips.

Special Features

  • Shares its grounds with the African American Museum, providing opportunities to enrich our history and social studies curriculum
  • Technology Lab
  • Exploratory science lab with certified science instructor, plus hands-on science experiences
  • Strong partnership with Higher Ground Inc.

K-12 Pathway

  • Guaranteed assignment to grade 6 at the Dearborn STEM Academy (science/technology/engineering/math) for grades 6-12.

Special academic programs

  • Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) for students in K1-grade 5 (Spanish)
  • Special education program, K1-grade 5: emotional impairment
  • K0/K1 integrated classroom, where children with and without disabilities learn together

Our partners

  • Americas SCORES soccer, Bird Street Community Center, Higher Ground Boston, Generation Inc., City Sprouts, National Center of African American Artist

Before and after school programs in our building

  • Before school, 7:00 - 9:15 a.m.: Bird Street Community Center.
  • After school, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.:  Bird Street Community Center Program, for K2-grade 5 students. Enrichment activities, homework time, chess, physical activities and art. Sliding fee scale.

Contact the Ellis


Cynthia Jacobs-Tolbert

Assistant Principal

Bannet Steele 
302 Walnut Avenue
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States


School Hours
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Early Dismissal, the day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 1:30 p.m.

Grades: K1-5
Level: Elementary
School Type: Traditional