The Leelanau School

One Old Homestead Road,
Glen Arbor, MI, 49636-0496
Tel: (231)334-5800
Grades: 9 - 12 | 53 students
The Leelanau School is a strength-based experiential boarding high school for intelligent boys and girls who simply learn differently, especially those with Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and similar learning differences. The Leelanau School's strengths lie in our dedicated faculty and small, supportive boarding school environment.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 9 - 12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia
Year Founded 1929

Student Body

Total Students 53 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 5%
State avg.: 15%
Students by Grade The Leelanau School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 37 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 2:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 60%
Average Class Size 6 students
Number of AP Courses 4 courses
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $51,847
Average Financial Aid Grant $15,000
Admissions Director Brian K. Chatterley

School Notes:

  • 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 academ-ics from our expert faculty and an enriching and structured residential life program that continues beyond the school day. Whether it is in the classroom or the dorm, in the equestrian ring, on the slopes, or volunteering in the community, everything about Leelanau is a life-enriching experience. 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. We offer an approach to education that is excellent for all learners, and critical for those with learning differences.

  • Profile last updated: 02/05/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is St Mary School (12.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is St Mary School (12.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is St Mary School (12.4 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Lake Leelanau St Mary School    
    (Roman Catholic)
    Po Box 340
    Lake Leelanau , MI , 49653
    (231)256-9636
    (Roman Catholic)
    12.4  mi  |  192  students  |  Gr.  PK-12
  • Leland Leelanau Childrens Center
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    Po Box 317
    Leland , MI , 49654
    (231)256-7841
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    12.8  mi  |  60  students  |  Gr.  PK-K
  • Traverse City The Pathfinder School
    Special Program Emphasis
    11930 S West Bay Shore Drive
    Traverse City , MI , 49684
    (231)995-3800
    Special Program Emphasis
    17.9  mi  |  106  students  |  Gr.  PK-8
  • Traverse City
    The Children''s House
    Montessori School
    5363 N Long Lake Rd
    Traverse City , MI , 49685
    (231)929-9325
    Montessori School
    18.4  mi  |  107  students  |  Gr.  PK-6
  • Traverse City
    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton M S
    (Roman Catholic)
    1601 3 Mile Rd N
    Traverse City , MI , 49686
    (231)932-4810
    (Roman Catholic)
    19.1  mi  |  231  students  |  Gr.  7-9

School Reviews

  • Recommended September 09, 2014 - This school is an amazing and beautiful place. The staff and students become like family. The kids are given the support and tools to really grow emotionally and intellectually. The environment they have created gives their students an abundance of opportunities to experience success. The Leelanau environment fosters leadership, creativity, self discovery and confidence. Best decision I ever made for my son and he agrees. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended June 07, 2014 - As a student with ADHD, this school changed my life. Some of the kindest, most caring people I''ve ever met work at this school. Some of them attend it. It''s in a beautiful place and they do an amazing job of teaching. Excellent. 10/10 would recommend. - Posted by Student/Alumni

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