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About This School

Ellis Arts Academy is a public middle school in Rockford. The principal of Ellis Arts Academy is Martina Smith. 606 students attend Ellis Arts Academy and identify mostly as Multiracial; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 1% of the Ellis Arts Academy students have "limited English proficiency." 90% of the 606 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 88% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Ellis Arts Academy is 13:1. St Paul Lutheran is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Theater drama
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes
    • Tennis
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
Hispanic 8% 23%
Black, non-Hispanic 73% 30%
White, non-Hispanic 11% 38%
Asian 0.3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 88% 74%
Limited English proficiency 1% 12%
Economically disadvantaged 90% 68%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    While the teachers try their best this school is a madhouse. Students are allowed to bully and harass other students. My daughter came home with her scalp bleeding from having her hair pulled out during class but when we spoke to the teacher about it we were told if he didn't see it happen it didn't happen at all. I am so frustrated with this school that I could just scream but I have nowhere better to send my child because I can't afford to live in a better place than where we are and her assigned school is just as bad if not worse.

  • (4 years ago)

    Over 90% of 8th graders passed the ISAT. This is a focused high achieving school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school it help me so much. I was in 8th grade when I was in love with this school. I had lots of friends and thankful for.

  • (9 years ago)

    My name is Zachary Sigala I attended this school in late 1999-2000 and I will say that during my stay there I had my fair share of problems I know this can be a seterrant for parents but if there is anything I've learned from my past it's that children need the arts I know it's helped my greatly since that time and I was just a disrespectful teenasger back then. I myself thought the teachers were marvelous and I learned quite a bit from them all. Thank you Ellis Arts Academy you've helped me reach my dreams and become a writer!

  • (9 years ago)

    I go to this school and it is great! The teachers are very friendly and the kids are very behaved.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter attended Ellis last year for the first time she was very excited she had never been in a public school before she did very well as far as grades go. This year is a different story everything seemed uncontrolled at open house. The children seem to be out of control how matter how the teachers may try when the children (kindergarten) curse at adults while walking down the hall. Something needs to be done to disipline the children. Yes this happened to me just today. Yes this does start with the parents but why should the whole class be unable to learn all because some children are always being disruptive.

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