About Us

This Is University Liggett School

This is Where We Shape Lives

The oldest independent co-educational day school in Michigan, University Liggett School is among the preeminent PreK-12 institutions in the state. Enrolling more than 600 students, Liggett offers a rigorous and innovative academic framework – the Curriculum for Understanding – that allows students at every grade level to find their passion and explore it in depth while developing five higher order skills: creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, adaptability, and universalism. This guiding philosophy is supported by a rich array of co-curricular programs and empowers students to drive their own academic experience, preparing them to flourish at some of the strongest colleges and universities in the country.

Limited class sizes and challenging academics shape students, giving them a keen sense of self while simultaneously fostering lifelong appreciation for and an understanding of learning.

The Liggett instructional method is based on critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, adaptability and universalism. These foundational characteristics are woven in at all levels of instruction and in all academic areas, including reading and writing, mathematics, science, technology and affective and emotional intelligence.

Liggett’s education model encompasses three phases: Elements (Pre-K – Grade 5), Foundations (Grade 6 – Grade 10), and Horizons (Grade 11 – Grade 12). Each phase builds upon the previous one. The result is a well-rounded student, prepared for further education and a fulfilling life.

Every one of Liggett’s graduates goes to college – many to their first choice and many to highly selective institutions, where many follow an academic passion first discovered as a Liggett student.

University Liggett School, Michigan's oldest coeducational independent school, is a college-preparatory, day school serving students in grades Pre-K through 12. Located in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, University Liggett School attracts families from throughout Southeast Michigan.

We learn through experience.

At the heart of that belief is Liggett’s Curriculum for Understanding, which allows students to drive the process of their own academic growth.

From prekindergarten through 12th grade, students become active participants in their learning experience. They discover their passions. They uncover questions. They propose answers. And, in doing so, they turn information into understanding.

The Curriculum for Understanding takes students on a journey from curiosity and inquiry to academic mastery. They graduate with the skills and experiences needed to be critical, creative thinkers who can work collaboratively with others and adapt to any and all ideas and opportunities.

Location and Facilities

Location: Approximately 10 miles northeast of downtown Detroit in a suburban neighborhood, one mile from the shore of Lake St. Clair.

Facilities: The 54-acre campus comprises an ice rink, outdoor pool, art gallery, performance spaces, eight artificial turf fields, gymnasium, digital media lab, one Head of School residence located on campus, and a new athletic center that will begin construction later this year.

In the fall of 2015, Liggett completed a stunning expansion of its outdoor athletic facilities, opening the largest complex of artificial turf fields at any high school in the country. The school is scheduled to open phase two of the project – a new campus center that will include classroom space, a welcome center, and a new gymnasium – in the fall of 2018. The incoming Head of School will enjoy the responsibility of overseeing the completion of the new facility while helping to define fresh targets for campus improvement and maintenance – upgrading science labs, refurbishing older buildings, and rethinking spaces to support the Curriculum for Understanding are all possibilities.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower students to develop intellectual curiosity, leadership and confidence to contribute to a complex and changing world. We challenge students to excel and to achieve their highest potential. We create opportunities for discovery and achievement by developing a faculty who foster the strengths of each student through the Curriculum for Understanding. We teach and practice the values of respect and responsibility in an emotionally and physically safe environment.

Adopted February, 2012, by the University Liggett School Board of Trustees

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