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The Leelanau School

The Leelanau School is a coeducational private boarding special needs school for students in grades 9 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Rural


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The Leelanau School says

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. Students gain awareness of their individual learning styles, build skills and strategies to maximize their learning potential, and grow into independent learners. 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, on the field, in the dorm, in the equestrian ring, on the slopes, or volunteering in the community, everything is a life-enriching experience. A student’s time at The Leelanau School is an engaging, unique, memorable, and life changing experience. A Leelanau education equips students with the educational, physical, and social tools necessary to succeed in today’s competitive world. Leelanau is the experientially-based boarding and day college preparatory high school that provides a customized and independence-building education to students Leelanau Features: An exceptionally devoted and seasoned faculty that provides a multi-sensory, whole-child approach to education. Strength-based teaching strategies that build self-esteem and confidence,academically, socially, and emotionally. A 1:6 teacher-to-student ratio that allows Leelanau to provide individual guidance to each student for his or her learning development. An integrated curriculum that uses innovative teaching techniques to create optimism and satisfaction to students who have struggled academically. A natural, safe, and friendly setting that transforms students,fosters creativity and curiosity, and creates stewardship for the environment.





Grades Cost Term
High School $56,950 Annual

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  (231) 334-5800

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 44
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
9 18
10 11
11 11
12 4

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Student Teacher Ratio 3 : 1
Average Class Size 6
Gender 89% Male / 11% Female
Dress Code Casual
Percent Boarding 95%
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 91%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 7%

Associations & Memberships

Other school associations

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

State or regional independent school association

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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