Liggett's Upper School gives students an opportunity to take part in an extraordinary curriculum, first-rate athletics program and outstanding arts and technology offerings.
Some of our notable programs include:
ACADEMIC RESEARCH PROGRAM
A four-year journey of discovery and engagement in which students are immersed in authentic research experiences culminates with the Academic Research Project, a three-semester investigation into a topic and question of each student’s choosing. Topics have ranged from the putative success of professional women’s soccer to novel control systems for prosthetic hands, and recent projects have resulted in patent applications and publication in national newspapers. Our students’ incredible work is highlighted at the Celebration of Research each May, the ARP’s signature event during which students present their findings through a series of engaging presentations and other discourses.
CHOOSING ELECTIVES IN JUNIOR AND SENIOR YEARS
The Liggett Approach allows 11th and 12th graders to choose almost every course which they take, mimicking the college experience and allowing them to explore topics of passion and personal relevance. A student’s schedule might include courses like Animation for Film and Gaming, Gothic Literature, The Byzantine Empire, Thermodynamics and Kinetics and Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations.
AN INTENSIVE COLLEGE GUIDANCE PROGRAM
Our College Guidance Program provides unmatched individual attention to each student and family. Liggett’s college guidance program allows each student and family to identify the best fit, and recent graduates are currently studying at schools like Princeton, Yale, The University of Michigan, Williams College and the University of Chicago.
PREMIERE CO-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
From an athletic program that brought home numerous regional titles and state championships to a drama program which has been featured at National festivals and produces two outstanding performances each year. The band and choral programs are represented at regional and state festivals and our robotics team regularly finishes among the top teams at major competitions.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Student Commission, the elected representative body, Athletic Council, which oversees spirit activities, Junior Counselors, who offer advice and support to freshmen, Pleasant Lake, the sixth grade outdoor education trip for which Upper School students serve as leaders and counselors, and in a student-driven club system, in which students conceive, create, and run clubs.
A COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY SERVICE
Through the Liggett Service Corps., students donate time and energy to causes like the Greening of Detroit, Heart to Hart, Gleaners Food Bank and the Belle Isle Conservancy.
Camp Tamarack, a three-day retreat for all ninth-graders, early in the school year, which focuses on communication, reflection, and team-building exercises. Students climb the giant Tango Tower, ride an incredible rope swing, and create and host their own class talent show.
Sophomores go on the Washington D.C. trip, an annual four-day excursion to the nation’s capital which is a memorable exploration of cultural, political, and historical sites, including the major war and presidential memorials and places like the Newseum and the Library of Congress.