The Leelanau School

One Old Homestead Road,
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
Tel: 231-334-5800
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 65 students
For over 80 years, The Leelanau School has challenged high school students to reach beyond their acknowledged potential in every aspect of their lives.
We offer a rigorous college preparatory curriculum using multi-sensory, experiential, and strength-based methodologies.
Students gain awareness of their individual learning styles, build skills and strategies to maximize their learning potential, and grow into independent learners.
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and on the banks of the Crystal River, Leelanau is a small boarding school with limited enrollment.
We are able to offer students an individualized approach to academics from our expert faculty and an enriching and structured residential life program that continues beyond the school day.
Whether it is in the classroom, on the field, in the dorm, in the equestrian ring, on the slopes, or volunteering in the community, everything is a life-enriching experience.
A student’s time at The Leelanau School is an engaging, unique, memorable, and life changing experience.
A Leelanau education equips students with the educational, physical, and social tools necessary to succeed in today’s competitive world.

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Definition of Terms 
2013 School Data
The Leelanau School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1929 1907
Campus Size 42 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 65 students 300 students
% International Students 5% 20%
% Students Boarding 95% 67%
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Acadmics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 6 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 5 15
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 20% 65%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$56,950
(Incudes books and technology.)
$47,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$28,475
(Incudes books and technology.)
$26,300
Tuition 5 day boarding $48,900 $37,055
% Students on Financial Aid 20% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $15,000 $19,000
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No

Admission

Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate n/a 57%
Director of Admissions Brian Chatterley  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 13 13
SportsBasketball, Climbing, Equestrian, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball

School Notes:

  • Leelanau is the experientially-based boarding and day college preparatory high school that provides a customized and independence-building education to students Leelanau Features:

  • An exceptionally devoted and seasoned faculty that provides a multi-sensory, whole-child approach to education.
  • Strength-based teaching strategies that build self-esteem and confidence,academically, socially, and emotionally.
  • A 1:6 teacher-to-student ratio that allows Leelanau to provide individual guidance to each student for his or her learning development.
  • An integrated curriculum that uses innovative teaching techniques to create optimism and satisfaction to students who have struggled academically.
  • A natural, safe, and friendly setting that transforms students,fosters creativity and curiosity, and creates stewardship for the environment.

  • LD types supported: ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Mild Aspergers, and Leanguage Based Learning Differences
  • School accreditations: ISAACS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Willis Hawkins - Lockheed aircraft designer
    • Walter Netsch - Chicago Architect
    • Martha Seger - First female governor of the Federal Reserve Board
    • Najeeb Halaby - COO of Pan Am and Director of the FAA
    • Walter Lane Smith - Actor
    • Ramon Rodriguez - Actor
    • J.Hart Wolf - Restaurant owner in Los Angeles

Nearby Schools:

The nearest school is Interlochen Arts Academy (21.5 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • InterlochenInterlochen Arts Academy
    4000 Highway M-137
    InterlochenMI49643
    800-681-5912
    21.5 mi | 470 students | Gr. 9-12
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