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The Leelanau School:
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and on the banks of the Crystal River in Northwest Michigan, Leelanau is a strength-based small boarding school offering Grades 9 - 12 to intelligent boys and girls who learn differently, especially those with ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia, and similar learning difficulties.

Co-Educational Boarding and Day Programs for Students in Grades 9-12:

Our intention at Leelanau is to take students beyond knowing how to read and write to knowing how to think. We combine the personal and the global. Studying the Humanities means more than grammar, vocabulary, geography, historical facts, and study of the classics.

Our goal is to personalize reading, writing and thinking so that students can apply the wisdom of literature, history and religion to their own experiences. Our classes are small so that everyone’s voice can be heard. The emphasis is placed on personal growth and the individual’s role in the global community.

Math and Sciences:

Photo of College Prep Boarding School in Northern MichiganAs a department, we value and emphasize the scientific method through data collection and analysis, firsthand observation, and the application of analytical skills as frequently as possible.

Students are regularly in the field collecting information on topics such as the health of freshwater ecosystems and bird populations through the use of tracking, listening, reading and writing skills. 

In contrast, participation in the lab for chemistry, physics, biotechnology and anatomy is a daily experience. Exploration and constructive style delivery methods are of major importance in this department.

Students can choose between beginner, imtermediate or advanced Süpanish. Five goals encompass all world language curricular objectives: mastery of Communication Skills, Knowledge of Cultures, Understanding Connections, Comparisons, and Communities---the five C’s of world languages.

Studio Art:
The emphasis of this course is to provide a foundation of visual arts concepts and to experientially explore those concepts through the process of making art. Throughout this course the students will be introduced to a myriad of techniques and experience a wide variety of media. They will then explore the expressive potential of those media including: drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and various crafts.

ThImage of College Prep Boarding School in Northern Michiganis course explores the history of jazz and how it fits into our society today. We will build upon the prior skills that each student has on his/her instrument, adding an understanding of basic music theory and improvisational techniques. The students will form an ensemble that will perform several concerts throughout the school year.

College Prep Testing:
Throughout their sophomore, junior, and senior years, students sit for the PSAT, the SAT I and II, the ACT, and some for the MEAP, all of which are administered on our campus or in the immediate area.

Regular testing has been found to be good preparation for college, and also qualifies students for the National Merit Scholarship competition (PSAT/NMSQT).

ESL and TOEFL Programs:

Test preparation is incorporated into the Humanities and Math curricula and computerized self-preparation programs are available. ESL students take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Advanced Placement Courses:
AP students participate in AP spring testing in a wide area of subjects from calculus to American hostory, advanced Spanish to Photography.

Learning Resource Center:

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is a curricular program designed to guide students toward becoming independent self-directed learners. Students entering the program begin by determining their learning styles – strengths and challenges - and their present level of academic functioning across all subject areas.

Exploratory Week Program:
We offer an exploratory week program with five-day educational adventures.

Weekend Activities:
Weekend activities vary each week and are planned by faculty, staff, and most importantly, our students. A weekend suggestion box located in the main office welcomes comments from everyone. Examples of our off campus events are listed below:

- Performance at Interlochen Arts Academy / Traverse City Orchestra
- Ice Skating
- Girls’ nights out
- Town trips - downtown Traverse City / Grand Traverse Mall / Front Street
- Movies
- Full Moon Hike
- Swimming trip to the Park Place
- Weekend trips to South Manitou
- Rock climbing in Marquette
- Sunset Dune Hike
- Halloween Barn Dance and Bonfire
- Mountain Biking VASA Trail trip
- Horseback riding at local stable

Life Skills:
Life Skills offerings at Leelanau give students opportunities to learn more than just academics. Students sign up at the beginning of each semester for a minimum of two life skills topics.

The faculty and staff provide topics that they are familiar with and can teach in a “hands-on” manner. Each year, students come out of this program with a new set of skills that build their knowledge base and boost their self confidence.

The Mentor Program:
The Leelanau School provides a mentor program for all incoming and some returning students. Returning seniors, juniors and occasionally sophomore serve as mentors. 

The purpose of our mentor program is to help new students adjust to life at a boarding school. The mentors primarily address non-academic issues. The mentors receive training and support from mentor advisors.

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Address: Glen Arbor, One Old Homestead Road, Traverse City, Michigan , USA
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Interlochen Arts Academy High School
Courses / Programs
Located at the Center for the Arts in Interlochen, 15 miles southwest of Traverse City in northwest Michigan, Interlochen Arts Academy High School is the world's first and foremost fine arts boarding high school for boys and girls in Grades 9-12.

We offer the highest quality training with college-preparatory academics. Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school prepares young artists for rewarding careers and fosters academic excellence offering programs in creative writing, dance, motion picture arts, music, theatre arts and visual arts.

The academic curriculum includes math, sciences, English, history, political science and world language. Courses are rigorous and often exceed honors or advanced placement levels.

Boarding students at Interlochen Arts Academy live in one of six residence halls. Student rooms are small but comfortable and provide space and furnishings for resting and studying.

The campus is a safe, residential setting where students learn independence and self-reliance sooner than their peers attending other schools - a real advantage when preparing for college.
Co-educational Boarding Programs for High School Students in Grades 9-12:

- College Preparatory Academic Curriculum (math, English, science, history, political science and world languages)
- English as a Second Language
- International students welcome
- Summer Arts Camps
- Adult Arts Program

Fine Arts Programs for high school students including:
- Creative Writing
- Dance such as ballet, modern dance and jazz
- Motion Picture Arts
- Music
- Theatre Arts
- Visual Arts
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep
Courses / Programs
St. Mary's Preparatory, located in Orchard Lake (a suburb of Detroit), Michigan, is an accredited Catholic, all-boys college preparatory day & boarding school offering Grades 9-12.

St. Mary's Preparatory is a four year secondary program of pre-college studies in a disciplined Catholic environment, preparing young men for future study and careers of service. The Prep has both a day student and boarding school program.

St. Mary's is accredited by the State of Michigan Board of Education, the Archdiocese of Detroit, and MNSAA/MANS. Almost 100% of our graduates attend college.

We exist to provide deserving young men the moral guidance, discipline, and education to become Christ-like models of service and leadership for the world.

By completion of our spiritual and educational model, these men gain the character, reverence, and fortitude to meet all challenges for the greater glory of God and their alma mater.
High-School Boarding Program for Boys in Grades 9-12:

College Preparatory Curriculum - core subjects include:
- Computer Science
- English
- Math
- Algebra
- Geometry
- Science (Biology, Chemistry)
- Languages (French, German, Latin, Polish, Spanish)
- Honors Programs
- Theology
- Athletics / Clubs...
Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI)
Courses / Programs
Located in northwestern Montana, Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI) is an accredited, family-run, therapeutic boarding school for troubled teens (boys and girls) ages 13-18 from Michigan and across the United States.

In our beautiful, peaceful, and safe location, we combine the benefits of a therapeutic boarding school, a wilderness program, and a residential treatment center (RTC).

TWAI has been serving struggling teens and their families since 2002, with an exceptional degree of success.

We provide an extremely high standard of therapeutic treatment to our students, and offer help for the following presenting issues: poor academic performance, behavioral problems, addictions, low self-worth, spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, and attachment disorders among others.

With a passion for helping young people in crisis, our clinical, educational, and operations staff are among the best in the country.

We are a small program (40 students) which means that we are able to provide a truly unique and customized approach for every student.

Typically our on site student to staff ratio is 5:1. The average stay at our residential treatment center is 12 months.

Parent Testimonial:
"We feel reassured that our son Chad is in good hands being guided onto the right track...We are really beginning to get our son back again! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Therapeutic Boarding School
For troubled teens ages 13-18

- Middle School Program
- High School Program
- Credit Recovery
- Accelerated Learning
- College Preparation/ AP Classes
- SAT/ACT Testing Center
- Anti-Bullying Program

We also provide a GED program, and college courses.

We create a customized program for each student that requires a minimum of 3 months. However, best results for lasting success are realized through 6+ months of treatment.

TWAI graduates average a 3.5 GPA. It is common for a student to complete 1.5 years of course work in 1 year.
Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills
Courses / Programs
Cranbrook Schools is a private college prep boarding school located in Bloomfield Hills, Oakland County, Michigan, close to Detroit.

The schools are comprised of; an elementary school with a private preschool, a middle school with a distinct boys and girls chapters, and a co-ed college prep private boarding high school.

Cranbrook is regarded as one of the top private schools in Michigan, with 130 academic course offerings, honors and AP courses, college prep and an international students program. Many of Cranbrook’s boarding school students attend top universities and colleges.

As a top boarding school, we foster personal and academic growth while raising awareness and appreciation of our multicultural community.

International students are supported in areas of academics, dormitory living, and personal challenges.
Boarding Programs for Boys and Girls in Grades 9-12

- College Preparatory Curriculum
- Advanced Placment Courses
- College Prep Courses for PSAT, ACT and SAT
- International Students Program with English as a Second Language Classes

Core curriculum subjects:
- Math
- Science
- English
- History
- Foreign Languages
- Computer Science
- Fine and Performing Arts
- Physical Education
St. John's Northwestern Academies, Milwaukee
Courses / Programs
Located in Delafield, a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, St. John's Northwestern Academies (SJNA) is a premier coed boarding and day school for Grades 6 through 12.

St. John’s Northwestern Academies educates and develops young men and women into responsible citizens and moral and ethical leaders who are inspired to meet the world’s challenges.

We achieve this through foundational pillars of strong academics, enriching spiritual and character development, outstanding athletic programs, and effective leadership training in a secure and nurturing environment.

"Once you see our campus and learn about our rich heritage dating back to 1884, I believe you will appreciate how special St. John's Northwestern is." -Paul Edwin Lima, Major General, U.S. Army (Retired), President of SJNA
Coed Independent Boarding and Day School, Grades 6-12

- Middle School (6-8 Grade)
- High School (9-12 Grade)
New Creations Chapel
Courses / Programs
New Creations Chapel is a multi-faceted Christian organization located in East Richmond, Indiana. Our primary focus is a boarding school for teens in transition ages 12-18. We assist teens transitioning from a general state of rebellion to young adulthood.

Our Christian Ministry and Boarding School is big enough to offer sports, television production, horsemanship and choir - yet small enough to minister to the individual.

We offer a highly structured learning environment designed to meet the spiritual, physical and educational needs of the student.
Boarding School for Teens in Transition (Ages 12-18)

- We assist teens transitioning from a general state of rebellion to young adulthood.

- Offering traditional courses and extracurricular classes and activities such as choir, television production, horsemanship and sports.