The Leelanau School - Review #3

The Leelanau School

About the Author:

College Enrolled KVCC
Home Town, State (Country) Kalamazoo, MI
Years Attended Boarding School 2
Activities During Boarding School I had equestrian training, volunteered in the library, worked at the front desk of the Homestead Resort, volunteered with the National Park Service, volunteered with the Food Co-op in Traverse City, and participated in the footsteps (hiking, biking, canoeing) program.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Leelanau is a small school situated in the woodlands of Northern Michigan. It has an intimate atmosphere and very peaceful setting.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I learned to be my own person and follow my passions.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I don't think I appreciated it as much at the time as I do now, in retrospect. I wish I could go back and tell myself that this was one of the best things to happen to me, it WILL come to an end, and enjoy the moment!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I liked the staff's willingness to get to know each student and respond to their unique needs appropriately. They really do understand that everyone learns differently.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Take field biology, you will be fascinated!


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
What I liked most about the academics was that teachers will always available throughout the day to answer questions and provide extra help. There were lots of classes available that suited my interests (particularly environmental studies), and they even created classes to fit the needs of individual students. The workload seemed fair, and there was always ample time set aside specifically for studying in the evenings.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
What I liked most about the athletics program was that the staff at Leelanau were willing to drive me out to the stables every day after classes so that I could train in show jumping to fulfill my athletic requirement. This is not something that was ordinarily offered, but the faculty and staff went out of their way to arrange it for me.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The school has their own band, and a fairly nice arts building. It was not my area of interest, so I only took the one required art class there, but the teacher was very fun... a local artist... and flexible with allowing me to research and write about an artist instead of actually painting for my final project.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I enjoyed the fact that the staff and faculty were flexible with my extracurricular activities. There are several options to choose from, but if you have something you'd rather do, they're pretty open to that as well. I held a part-time job in my Senior year. It seemed like as long as they knew where you were and that you were not getting into trouble, they were willing to allow you a little more freedom.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I enjoyed the camaraderie I developed with the other girls at Leelanau. There was only one girls dorm so we got to know each other well. The commons area provides a nice place to relax and hang out. Bathrooms have recently been remodeled since I graduated, and they look nicer than the one I have at home!


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Leelanau has a beautiful dining hall overlooking the Crystal River. They served a variety of foods as well as a bread and salad bar at each meal. Coffee, tea, milk, juice, and water are available. Plenty of vegetarian options. My only complaint was that the dining hall is completely closed and locked between mealtimes.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Glen Arbor is a small, touristy town in northern Michigan. It can get quite busy in the summer months but the winters are usually very calm (and LONG). Leelanau's campus is surrounded by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and it is truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. There are endless places for hiking, biking, fishing, boating, photography, etc.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I enjoyed the diverse student body and getting to know other kids from around the world in such a small environment.

Daily Schedule:

7:30 AMBreakfast
8:00 AMQuiet Period
8:15 AMClass
12:00 AMLunch
12:30 AMClass
3:30 PMFree time, usually unloading bags and changing in dorm
4:00 PMsports
5:00 PMFree time
5:30 PMDinner
7:00 PMStudy Hall
9:00 AMbreakfast
10:00 AMfree time
12:00 AMlunch
1:00 PMfree time, possibly a trip to the mall, hiking, or other planned activities
5:00 PMdinner
7:00 PMstudy hall
9:00 PMfree time
10:00 PMlights out

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • The Leelanau School Alumni #1
    Class of 2002
    5 Stars   2/21/2005
    Western Michigan University
    The setting of this school is absolutely amazing, sitting between the sleeping bear dunes with the crystal river running through campus. The small class sizes and small school size is a plus. . .
  • The Leelanau School Alumni #2
    Class of 2000
    5 Stars   10/5/2012
    Wayne State University
    I believe there are many different aspects of this school that make it unique. The small class size, the location, the access to teachers, and the hands-on approach to education and the variety of. . .
  • The Leelanau School Alumni #3
    Class of 1999
    5 Stars   10/5/2012
    Leelanau is a small school situated in the woodlands of Northern Michigan. It has an intimate atmosphere and very peaceful setting. . .
  • The Leelanau School Alumni #4
    Class of 1984
    5 Stars   10/5/2012
    Oakland Community College
    Students come to boarding schools for all different reasons. College prep, life experience, broken homes, etc. I was failing in the public school system. I was just a number. Boarding school was not my choice. . .
  • The Leelanau School Alumni #5
    Class of 1981
    5 Stars   10/5/2012
    Olivet College
    There is no doubt Leelanau located in the Sleeping Bear National Dunes is an incredible place to learn and be lucky enough to go to school. The school is amazing and do not take. . .
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