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
    • A 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

    Before and after school programs in our building

    • Before school, 7:00 - 9:15 a.m.: Boston's Bridge to Excellence.
    • After school, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.:  Boston's Bridge to Excellence, for K1-grade 5 students. Enrichment activities, homework time, chess, physical activities, and art. Sliding fee scale.


  • Principal
    Lemuel Ivy

    302 Walnut Avenue
    Roxbury, MA 02119

    Phone: 617-635-8257
    Fax: 617-635-8262

    School Hours
    9:30 a.m. - 4:10 p.m.

    Early Dismissal, the day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 1:40 p.m.

    Grades: K0-6
    Level: Elementary
    School Type: Traditional