The Leelanau School

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported ADHD, ADD,Language Based Learing Differences, Dysgraphia
Year Founded 1929

Student Body

Total Students 53 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 19%
Students by Grade The Leelanau School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $61,350
Tuition Notes 7- day boarding $52,675 - 5-day boarding $30,625 day
Average Financial Aid Grant $15,000
Admissions Director Maleah Gluck


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Music - Performance group; voice; guitar; piano; options are endless, Numerous Clubs are offered Music - Performance group; voice; guitar; piano; options are endless,
Numerous Clubs are offered,

School Notes:

  • Since its founding in 1929, The Leelanau School has ignited a passion for learning.  In continuing this tradition, we allow our students to immerse themselves in their educational experience, by flipping traditional learning on its point.
  • With an emphasis on analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, our students are constantly pushed to think about the world around them and how they interact with that world.
  • We help guide our students towards answers rather than telling them what is correct, thus allowing each student to explore their academic passions in an immersive and nurturing environment.  
  • As a College Preparatory school, we define rigor by pushing our students to stretch their perceived limits.
  • As an experiential school, we push our faculty to create authentic experiences that foster the level of thinking that our students are capable of achieving.
  • The Leelanau School has a long history of teaching students with various learning styles through experiential learning. We are passionate about teaching and learning and are ready to help fuel our students desire to learn.
  • 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 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: 08/21/2015

Nearby Private 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)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Lake Leelanau
    St Mary School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-12 | 213 students
    12.4 miles
    Po Box 340
    Lake Leelanau, MI 49653
  • Leland
    Leelanau Childrens Center
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: PK-K | 60 students
    12.8 miles
    Po Box 317
    Leland, MI 49654
  • Lake Leelanau
    Leelanau Community Christian
    Alternative School (Christian)
    Grades: K-12 | 21 students
    13.7 miles
    245 S Lake Leelanau Drive
    Lake Leelanau, MI 49653
  • Traverse City
    Grades: PK-8 | 106 students
    17.9 miles
    11930 S West Bay Shore Drive
    Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Traverse City
    The Children's House
    Montessori School
    Grades: PK-6 | 234 students
    18.4 miles
    5363 N Long Lake Rd
    Traverse City, MI 49685

School Reviews

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, 09/09/14
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, 06/07/14

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