University Liggett School

University Liggett School Photo #1 - For more 140 years, Liggett has fostered a tradition of exploration, invention and discovery. Generations of University Liggett School alumni have gone on to do great things in life. As will generations to come. Because once a journey of discovery begins, it never ends.
University Liggett School Photo #2 - 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.
University Liggett School Photo #3 - We value growth and process as much as we honor achievement and product.
University Liggett School Photo #4 - We focus on building skills, not covering content. The Liggett approach places a premium on skill development through scaffolding and mastery; teachers seek to foster a student-centered learning environment by calling on backward design, student choice, and vertical and horizontal alignment to support their charges and enrich their experience.
University Liggett School Photo #5 - At University Liggett School, student interests and passions are engaged and encouraged. Choice is a pathway to engagement.
University Liggett School Photo #6 - Rigor is achieved by relevance and depth, not pace and breadth.
University Liggett School Photo #7 - Our classrooms are student-centered and teacher-guided. The Reggio Emilia approach encourages young children to draw upon their innate curiosities, empowering them to ask questions and explore both independently and collaboratively their understanding of the world and their place within it.
University Liggett School Photo #8 - The work students do has connections to the world beyond our walls and the life they might lead in it.
University Liggett School Photo #9 - A University Liggett School education is never standardized.
University Liggett School Photo #10 - The highly selective Liggett Merit Scholarship is awarded each year to talented incoming 9th grade students. Candidates must complete all application requirements by January 18, 2019.
The oldest independent co-educational day school in Michigan, University Liggett School is among the preeminent PreK-12 institutions in the state.
The Liggett Approach is based on the following values:
Respect: Recognizing the inherent worth of every individual. Appreciating the value of knowledge, experience and perspective.
Critical Thought: The ability to make connections, solve problems and debate; develop and practice the skills of metacognition; and analyze information objectively.
Determination: Embracing challenges. A relentless pursuit of excellence and the conviction that falling forward is implicit in the learning process.
Curiosity: Asking questions, seeking answers and experiencing the world hands on. A lifelong drive to learn and understand.
Creativity: Encouraging diverse ideas and perspectives; embracing a spirit of inventiveness and ingenuity. A lifelong drive to learn and understand.
Freedom: Unrestrained inquiry, thought and communication. The independence to pursue discoveries. The latitude to be unique, to be authentic.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1878

Student Body

Total Students650 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 16%
Students by Grade University Liggett School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers100 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size14 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAmerican Government and Politics, Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Comparative Politics, English Literature, French, Latin literature, Music Theory, Physics, Spanish, Studio Art, U.S. History, World History
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(khaki pants and polo or dress shirts. No jeans.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / Feb. 27 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$25,000
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $17,000 to $31,000 depending on level. Prekindergarten fees depend on several factors. Call for information.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorStephanie Sikora
Admissions AssociateSolomon Spann


Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
Figure SkatingFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.1 extracurricular
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:

School Notes

  • A University Liggett School education empowers students to break through boundaries. Own their academic growth. Flourish through failure. Understand through experience. Revel in their differences, talents and strengths. We approach every student and each day from a place of pure and limitless possibility, with our holistic approach to learning and an environment that supports meaningful risks and rewards. 

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