The Leelanau School

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
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 42 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
5%
State avg.: 18%
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
60%
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 Michael Jarvis
Admissions Associate Sarah Jane Crimmins

Extracurriculars

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: 03/01/2016

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School Reviews

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, 05/17/16
The Leelanau School is unique. Academically, it has an ideal student-teacher ratio, and the experiential approach to education keeps kids focussed and enthusiastic. Given the student-teacher ratio, my son is learning a valuable skill speaking with teachers and adults (other than parents) about school and life. It is a subtle, but significant, difference to traditional schools. The teachers and staff at Leelanau care, and it shows. My son went from 1. something to a 3.2 overnight after switching from a traditional, catholic, college-prep school to Leelanau. Here's why: in biology, why reach into a formaldehyde filled jar, pull out a dead frog, and dissect it when you can go down to the Crystal River, catch a fish and dissect that instead? In English, why sit in a class and discuss a great book (think The Sword in the Stone), when you can read the book and then go see a falconer and learn about falconry? Or, why read a book about swimming in a classroom when you can go outside and swim in a river between chapters? Which approach will reinforce the concepts better? Same material, different approach, better outcome. The Leelanau campus is beautiful, too. It is situated on Lake Michigan, the Crystal River runs through it, the campus is exceptionally large and forested, and the accommodations are just right. I highly recommend this school.
- Posted by Parent, 05/13/16
The school is amazing! They are committed to keeping class sizes small, so all students receive individuailzed attention. Students are encuraged to think for themselves and ask questions, while particiapating in a rigorous college prep. curriculum. All classes are hands on and minds on, thus honoring all learners and helping all students succeeded . An incredible school, we wish all students could attend Leelanau!
- Posted by Parent, 03/22/16
Leelanau School has been the best decision for my child! Our child is independent and has found an environment where he is thriving! Leelenau is a structured and loving environment where students are surrounded by a staff invested in seeing each child reach their individual potential. Highly Recommend!
- Posted by Parent, 03/18/16
Fantastic program! Teachers, advisers, and administrators work with each student individually to help students grow academically, socially and emotionally. It's one of the best programs I've seen as an educator and as a parent. So much of it is hands-on and outside that the location is beyond ideal. You can't do this kind of work in New York City or Boston.
- Posted by Parent, 02/24/16
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

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