The Leelanau School

One Old Homestead Road
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
Tel: 231-334-5800
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 44 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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  • Review #1 - Class of 2002Western Michigan University The setting of this school is absolutely amazing, sitting between the sleeping bear dunes with the crystal river running through. . .
  • Review #2 - Class of 2000Wayne State University I believe there are many different aspects of this school that make it unique. The small class size, the. . .
  • Review #3 - Class of 1999KVCC Leelanau is a small school situated in the woodlands of Northern Michigan. It has an intimate atmosphere and very. . .
  • Review #4 - Class of 1984Oakland Community College Students come to boarding schools for all different reasons. College prep, life experience, broken homes, etc. I was failing in. . .
  • Review #5 - Class of 1981Olivet College There is no doubt Leelanau located in the Sleeping Bear National Dunes is an incredible place to learn and be. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
The Leelanau School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 9-12
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 1910
Campus Size 42 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 44 students 295 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Special Dress required for specified occasions)
Average Class Size 6 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 5 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$61,350 $50,475
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$30,625 $28,200
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$52,675 $37,055
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $15,000 $22,000
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Director of AdmissionsMichael Jarvis
Associate Director of AdmissionsSarah Jane Crimmins

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 19 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Boxing, Climbing, Cycling, Equestrian, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Rugby, Sailing, 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, Language-Based Learning Differences, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, High-Functioning Aspergers
  • School accreditations: Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), Small Boarding School Association (SBSA)
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