The Leelanau School

5.00 5 1 (7 reviews)
Tel: 231-334-5800
One Old Homestead Road
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
  • 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 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.
  • 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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  • 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. . .

  • 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. . .

  • Class of 1999
    5 Stars   10/5/2012
    KVCC
    Leelanau is a small school situated in the woodlands of Northern Michigan. It has an intimate atmosphere and very peaceful setting. . .

  • 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. . .

  • 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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2017 School Data
The Leelanau SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19291910
Campus Size42 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment52 students300 students
% Students of Color
16%
20%
% International Students
4%
20%
% Students Boarding
95%
66%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Special Dress required for specified occasions)
Casual
Average Class Size10 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered516
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
71%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$61,350$52,760
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$30,625$28,270
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$52,675$38,200
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
36%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$15,000$22,410
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Director of AdmissionsMichael Jarvis
Associate Director of AdmissionsSarah Jane Crimmins

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1214
SportsAlpine Skiing, Boxing, Cross Country, Cycling, Equestrian, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rugby, Snowboarding, Tennis

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1323
ExtracurricularsEnsemble Band, Fishing Club, Greenhouse, Hiking, Intramural Sports, Mentoring, Music Club, National Honor Society, Student Activities Committee, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Yearbook, Yoga

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)
  • 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
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