Advancing EXPLORATION Since 1878

Students enter the classroom that has been prepared for them by the teachers. The natural materials with open-ended purpose are carefully chosen for their potential to enhance learning, discovery and ignite curiosity while being aesthetically pleasing.

Liggett’s prekindergarten program uses the self-guided Reggio Emilia approach to learning — one that encourages children to draw upon their innate curiosities, empowering them to ask questions and explore both independently and collaboratively their understanding of the world and their place within it. 
Based on extensive developmental research, the Reggio Emilia philosophy views education as a partnership — not only between the students and their teachers, but also between their parents and the classroom environment. 


  • Three Half Days 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday only
  • Three Full Days 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday only
  • Five Half Days 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.*
  • Five Full Days 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.*
  • Five Half Days 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Five Full Days 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.*
* School begins at 9 a.m. on late-start Thursdays.  

Morning care is available beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Morning care is not avaialble on late-start Thursdays. Extended care is available everyday after school until 6 p.m. for an additional hourly charge.


Liggett’s expert teachers, many of whom have advanced degrees in their fields, guide students through a curriculum driven by the interests of the child. Through hands-on research and play, students lead short- and long-term projects that develop organically, encouraging them to ask questions that require exploration and investigation. As a result, children develop the confidence to become resourceful risk-takers and problem-solvers.
The classroom environment — itself a warm, nurturing place, much like home — teaches peaceful learning and draws upon physical spaces that are inspired by the children. Children learn to respect each other and to respect their peers while finding endless ways to express themselves as they establish the foundation for advancing their full potential. In addition, our classrooms are bright, modern learning centers that offer children a wide variety of materials and experiences to foster individual growth. 
The maximum class size is 16 students with two expert teachers (not aides). 


Our prekindergarten students are engaged in a rich program of visual and performing arts taught by teachers certified in their field. Music, art and physical education lessons are regularly integrated with project-based and seasonal concepts to further extend classroom learning.


Visual arts are taught from a child centered and hands-on experience approach. Students explore  drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking and sculpture. Additionally, students explore a variety of mediums during art activities in their classrooms. 


Music is taught through a song-based curriculum, which encourages moving, listening, singing and rhythm. Creative movement allows children to combine singing and gross-motor practice. Basic instruments are explored to encourage development with rhythm.


The physical education curriculum for prekindergarten school students consists of team games with a focus on cooperation, not winning and losing. Gross and small motor skills, such as running, throwing, catching, moving, are practiced in a fun and supportive environment.


Experiencing the world outside and discovering all it has to offer is a central experience of our prekindergarden program. Our prekindergarten students learn and play outside in most every weather condition from fort building in the snow to harvesting and examining sun flowers in the garden each fall. Our outdoor education reinforces the importance of our connection to the natural world and gives our students plenty of time to think, feel and do.


Liggett begins accepting applications in September, one full year before prospective students would be enrolled. Applications are accepted until spaces are filled. We encourage you to apply early, as spaces fill quickly.
In addition to the application, we require a completed PreK parent questionnaire, informal parent interview and student visit.
At Liggett, prospective students spend time with classmates. Applicants spend 1-2 hours in the classroom to assess school readiness.  
An application and parent questionnaire must be submitted at least three days prior to the school visit.
PreKindergarten Gallery


University Liggett School, a top Metro Detroit private, independent school, is located at 1045 Cook Road Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 313-884-4444