Mission, Values & Philosophy


Mission Statement: The Leelanau School ignites a passion for learning in a boarding school where students thrive by engaging academically and by celebrating everyone’s unique learning styles in a culture of acceptance, leading to successful and meaningful lives in college and beyond.




What we Believe …  

  • Learning should be a joyful process of discovery.
  • Every student is different: each brings their own learning style, strengths and weaknesses.
  • There are many ways to learn a single lesson or subject.
  • Teachers should be free to modify their lessons to meet a student’s needs.
  •  Learning can happen anywhere – especially outside of the classroom.

Values: Teaching Stewardship, Leadership, Awareness, Integrity, Resilience, Courage and Interconnectedness

Philosophy: The Leelanau School offers 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 leaders.

Results: 100% of our students are accepted into colleges and universities.


Non-Discrimination Policy

The Leelanau School adheres to a long standing policy of admitting students of any race, color, creed, religion, orientation, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Leelanau School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, personnel practices or athletic or other school-administered programs.