Dear Leelanau School Community,
At Leelanau, we understand that vibrancy in teaching and learning flows easily when students, faculty, and parents share a philosophical belief in the significance of our time together. A communal sense of purpose is essential in any grand endeavor. Each and every day is important. Every interaction is an opportunity to teach and learn from one another.
We value the learning experience differently than many “traditional” settings. We offer an alternative to the trends towards standardization, large classrooms, narrowing of the curriculum, and competitive assessment. We believe in the simple truth that schooling can be simultaneously joyful, challenging, personal, and communal. We embrace the paradigm that hard-work and laughter are partners in the journey to wisdom and self-reliance. We build awareness that all learners desire purpose and fulfillment through schooling, and only by experiencing such personal rewards will they establish a habit of lifelong learning.
For 90 years, Leelanau has pursued and protected a profound model of teaching and learning. The tenants of “learning by doing”, the synergy of intellectual, social and emotional development, and the importance of personal relationships in support of learning are not new ideas. Such has been the way of Leelanau since its founding. These are also the well-researched and time-tested characteristics of any successful educational environment. When we claim Leelanau offers “a better way to learn”, we do so deliberately and with great confidence. Each day, we are creating and supporting a spirited and humane schooling experience for our students.
As your Head of School, my sacred responsibility is to ensure we each feel agency in the adventure of Leelanau. Faculty and Students will always be challenged to approach teaching and learning with enthusiasm. Teachers are expected to innovate, create, and provide meaningful experiences that unlock new understanding. They are obliged to listen, observe and respond to student needs. Students are taught to ask for help, self-advocate, persevere, and take pride in their work. They are called to voice their opinions, cooperate with their classmates, and support the learning of others. By focusing on the importance of our time together, we create a school that is inviting, challenging, and authentic.
Our intention is to always be a place where:
We are fortunate to share this journey together. It is a Better Way to Learn.
Head of School
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