The Leelanau School

The Leelanau School at a Glance
Type: College Preparatory (Coeducational)
Support for ADHD: Yes (also supports Learning Differences)
Year Founded: 1929 Teacher - Student Ratio: 1:6
Average Class Size: 6 Students on Financial Aid: 20%

Description: The Leelanau School is a Michigan alternative boarding school for students grades 9 to 12. The school specializes in providing experientially-based education in order to provide a holistic, multi-sensory, student-centred approach. The school's teaching strategies are strength-based and taught by compassionate, dedicated, and seasoned faculty members.

The school's strength-based teaching techniques help students become more confident and well-adjusted socially and emotionally. The happy byproduct is the academic success that they enjoy. The school supports students that have ADHD/ADD, learning differences, and language-based disabilities like dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, aspergers, and others.

The school's population is keept small; just a total of 90 students and 50 teachers and staff. The small population assures that students will not slip through the cracks, unnoticed. Class sizes are also kept small at an average of six students per class At Leelanau, students learn and live together and thrive in a positive intellectual and social atmosphere. Teachers have the time and motivation to get to know students, ask them how they are, learn their strengths and challenges and present them with appropriate opportunities. Each child is different and responds to different situations and learning techniques. Teachers find out what works best for the students and helps them recognize these and use them to their advantage.

The school also teaches self-advocacy in order to encourage students to be interested in identifying their challenges and also taking an active role on finding ways to help themselves overcome these challenges. They also help foster children's curiosity and create a desire to be good stewards of the environment.

At Leelanau, students gain the skills that they need to thrive not just in college but beyond that as well.