University Liggett School

Tel: (313)884-4444
Grades: PK-12 | 603 students
University Liggett School, a top Metro Detroit private, independent school, is located in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI.
University Liggett School, a top Metro Detroit private, independent school, is located in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI.
Small class sizes and challenging coursework make our Middle School different.
Project-based learning. Innovative curriculum. Small class sizes. And so much more. Discover Liggett.
At University Liggett School, our students learn through experience. At the heart of that belief is our innovative curriculum and project approach work. Students are allowed to explore and dig deep into projects.
University Liggett School, a top Metro Detroit private, independent school, is located in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI.
University Liggett School’s Upper School offers a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum to nearly 300 students from 60 communities in southeastern Michigan. From the moment they set foot on campus, all of our students are asked to take ownership of the learning process, accept risks and challenges, and discover their academic passions.
Strings, A Pillar of the Lower School. Students are introduced to the violin, viola or cello beginning in third grade. The Orchestra program is available to all Lower, Middle and Upper School students.
Our students not only get to play the sport they want ? they get to play on a winning team - and they get to play on state-of-the-art athletic fields.
Our students not only get to play the sport they want - they get to play on a winning team - and they get to play on state-of-the-art athletic fields.
Interscholastic athletics at Liggett play an important role in a student’s educational experience, and all students are encouraged to participate. Participation in athletics provides students the opportunity for personal growth in a number of areas including: commitment, leadership, sportsmanship, responsibility and teamwork.
Located in Grosse Pointe Woods, a short drive from the bustle of downtown Detroit, University Liggett School is a nationally recognized, experiential learning-based private school for children from prekindergarten (age 3) through 12th grade.
With our unique Curriculum for Understanding, students become active participants in their learning experience.
They discover their passions.
They uncover questions.
They propose answers.
And, in doing so, they turn information into understanding.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded 1878

Student Body

Total Students 603 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 17%
Students by Grade University Liggett School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 83 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 14 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Latin literature, French, Spanish, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, U.S. History, World History, American Government and Politics, Comparative Politics, Music Theory, Studio Art, Art History, English Literature
Average ACT score 25
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(khaki pants and polo or dress shirts. No jeans.)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $25,000
Tuition Notes Tuition ranges from $15,000 to $25,000 depending on level. Prekindergarten fees depend on several factors. Call for information.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Anne Frame Sheppard
Admissions Associate Denise Deane


Total Sports Offered 13 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,

School Notes

  • Limited class sizes and challenging academics shape students, giving them a keen sense of self while simultaneously fostering lifelong appreciation for and an understanding of learning.The Liggett instructional method is based on critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, adaptability and universalism. These foundational characteristics are woven in at all levels of instruction and in all academic areas, including reading and writing, mathematics, science, technology and affective and emotional intelligence.Liggett’s education model encompasses three phases: Elements (Pre-K – Grade 5), Foundations (Grade 6 – Grade 10), and Horizons (Grade 11 – Grade 12). Each phase builds upon the previous one. The result is a well-rounded student, prepared for further education and a fulfilling life.Every one of Liggett’s graduates goes to college – many to their first choice and many to highly selective institutions, where many follow an academic passion first discovered as a Liggett student.

Profile last updated: 08/25/2015

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