Local Non-Gifted Schools That May Appeal to the Gifted

Local Non-Gifted Schools With Multi-Age Classrooms (accommodate asynchronous development):

Honey Creek Community School, public K-8, Ann Arbor

Honey Creek Community School was started by parents who were interested in finding quality alternative education for their children. These families belonged to a day-care program called the Child Care Connection – where children of different ages learned together but were treated individually. As their children grew older, the parents saw the need for a school that operated on a similar philosophy.

Our Lady of LaSalette, private K-8, Berkley

Pattengill Elementary, public K-5, Berkley

Steenland Elementary, public K-5, Roseville


Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills

“Founded in 1851, the Academy of the Sacred Heart is Michigan’s oldest independent school.” PK-12. Coed.

Ann Arbor Academy, Ann Arbor

“Ann Arbor Academy’s mission is to educate students with different learning styles to achieve their full potential.”

Ann Arbor Learning Community, Ann Arbor

“The mission of Ann Arbor Learning Community is to nurture independent learners as they acquire the tools they need to shape an environmentally and socially responsible future.”

Bishop Gallagher High School, Harper Woods

“Bishop Gallagher Catholic High School has been providing excellence in a coeducational college prep education since 1962.”

Brightmont Academy, Northville

“At the center of Brightmont Academy’s personalized learning approach is one-to-one instruction: one highly qualified teacher working with one student throughout every learning session. To foster continual progress, each teaching moment is optimized to accommodate for a student’s:

  • Understanding: At every step the teacher evaluates and adjusts instruction.
  • Learning style: Instructional methods leverage student learning strengths.
  • Pace: The pace of instruction slows when the student struggles and accelerates when the student “gets it.”
  • Motivation: The teacher finds the most effective ways to encourage and motivate each student.”

Cass Technical High School, Detroit

“Cass Tech has been recognized as an Excellent School by Excellence Schools Detroit, a group that includes the Skillman Foundation and the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. Cass Tech has also been identified as a Reward School by the Michigan Department of Education for the second year in a row; which academically ranks Cass in the top 5% of all high school in the state of Michigan.  Cass Tech is the only International Baccalaureate Candidate High School, the only one in DPS.”

Cedar Crest Academy

“Cedar Crest Academy is an independent day school educating early childhood through grade eight. The foundation for our students’ achievement and confidence is an individualized educational vision with an emphasis on cognitive learning. Strong curriculum in the humanities inspires young minds to learn languages, create music and art, and experience joy in learning.”

Clonlara, Virtual & Ann Arbor

“Clonlara serves students of all kinds in grades K-12: non-traditional learners, learners who are advanced in one or more subject area, learners struggling due to special needs such as dyslexia, autism, AD/HD, learners interested in pursuing their passions – such as performing arts, music, sports, and learners who have health issues or other concerns that make it difficult to attend a traditional school daily.“

Community High School, Ann Arbor

“CHS is a rigorous academic college preparatory magnet school which encourages students to use the entire community as a resource for study, and fosters the development of independent learners who practice personal and social responsibility as they prepare for their post-secondary experience.”

Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills

“The non-profit educational community includes a public art museum and public science museum as well as private schools for children age three through high school and a graduate school for art.”

Daycroft Montessori School, Ann Arbor

“At Daycroft, the teacher’s primary objective is to carefully observe children to determine their individual needs and skills and to prepare the classroom and lessons which facilitate their learning. We believe this “prepared environment” enables children to develop independently and to progress at their own pace.”

Dearborn Heights Montessori Center, Dearborn Heights

“Dearborn Heights Montessori Center, a non-profit educational community founded in 1972, provides a non-graded, individualized learning environment for approximately 400 children from preschool through eighth grade.”

Detroit Waldorf School, Detroit

“The teachers at Detroit Waldorf are committed to the highest academic standards. At our school you will find children quoting Shakespeare, performing Latin canticles, writing textbooks of Euclidean geometry.”

Dreamy Children’s Center / Dreamy Islamic Academy

A progressive educational program.  Bilingual classrooms available, Arabic/English.  Serves as a daycare from infant through toddler age.  Montessori preschool and Kindergarten.  Dreamy Islamic Academy serves grades 1st through 3rd.  Arabic and Islamic studies are taught, plus common core curriculum.  Plans to expand in the future up to grade 5.

Eagle Creek Academy, Oakland

“Our mission is to help every child build an excellent academic foundation and a strong sense of self-confidence.”

eHUB, Troy

“Enrichment hub is a center of educational and artistic activities to support the Home School community and families in all ages of education.”

Friends School in Detroit,  Detroit

“Coeducational, Day. PK – 8, 176 students.”

Greenhills School, Ann Arbor

“As a coed, independent school, Greenhills provides academically talented students in grades 6-12 with small class sizes, individual attention, and robust athletic and arts programs.”

Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, Farmington Hills

“A Vibrant Community Jewish Day School.”  K-8. Coed. Day

Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen

“Interlochen Center for the Arts is home to Interlochen Arts Academy, the nation’s premier boarding high school for the arts and academics…offering a year round educational community for young artists and scholars ages 8-18.”

International Academy, Bloomfield Hills, White Lake, Troy

“The International Academy (IA) is a nationally recognized all International Baccalaureate public high school serving 1,300 students from fourteen Oakland County school districts and students living in surrounding counties. The International Academy is one school with three campuses: IA East in Troy, IA Okma in Bloomfield Hills and IA West in White Lake.”

Homeschool Connections, Rochester, Oxford and Royal Oak

“classes for all ages to enrich the lives of homeschoolers in Michigan.  Classes are both academic and enrichment, but all are activity-based.  …strong focus on High School level classes.”

The Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit, West Bloomfield

“The Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit is an independent, coeducational, Jewish day high school offering a rigorous college preparatory curriculum integrated with an intensive Jewish Studies program.”

Kalamazoo Academy, Kalamazoo

“A small, independent school which offers preschool and kindergarten through eighth grade.”

Kensington Academy, Beverly Hills

“An independent co-ed Catholic day school preprimary (Montessori) – 8th Grade.”

Kingsbury County Day, Oxford

“…Children in grades Junior Kindergarten through Grade Eight.  We have recently been named an IBO World School, Primary Years Programme by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

The Krambrooke-Griffin Academy, Washington

“Krambrooke provides an individualized program for each child, infant through school-age. By providing a comfortable, conducive learning environment we can promote positive self-esteem and challenge each child to live to their potential”.

Lango, Birmingham, Rochester Hills, West Bloomfield

“At Lango your child will learn a new language, make developmental strides, explore other cultures and make friends. Our highly engaging language classes use music, games, art, and stories to teach kids new languages. We offer Spanish, French, and Mandarin classes at convenient locations throughout the Oakland County! Our classes are for preschool and elementary aged students.”

Lansing Christian Middle School, Lansing

“Lansing Christian School dedicates itself to providing an academically challenging Christian education distinguished by excellence and moral integrity, recognizing God as the source of all wisdom.”

Leelanau School, Glen Arbor

“We are a college preparatory, coeducational, nondenominational boarding school for students in grades 9-12. ”

Lozier Music, Rochester Hills

“Simply Music allows students of ALL ages to learn to PLAY the piano from their first lessons! Students can start a relationship with piano that will last a lifetime.”

Lutheran High School North, Macomb

“All aspects of the school’s curricular and co-curricular programs are intended to help students prepare to earn a living, to live a satisfying Christian life, and to prepare for eternity.”

Lutheran High School, Westland

“Lutheran Westland has grades 9-12 and a 1998-99 enrollment of 317 students.”

Michigan Math and Science Centers

33 locations in the state – enrichment centers serving both public and private school students, in various grades and subjects including math and science

Michigan Lutheran High School, St. Joseph

Grades 9-12.

Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw

Grades 9-12.

Midland Academy, Saginaw

“We are a charter school which means we are FREE.  There is not tuition and there are no fees to attend The Midland Academy.  The Midland Academy is a college-preparatory school that provides a high quality education for students in grades K-12.”

The Montessori Center of East Lansing

“The Montessori Center was established in 1982 as a non-profit, non-discriminatory Preschool and Kindergarten run by the staff and guided by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are licensed by the State of Michigan, Family Independence Agency to care for children ages 2 1/2 to 6 years with a licensed capacity of 81 children in the Primary program.”

New Morning School, Plymouth

“New Morning School, established in 1973, is a state-certified, non-sectarian, non-profit school for students through grade eight. The school enrolls 130 children during the school year and offers summer programs for another 200 students.”

Niji-Iro Japanese Immersion Elementary School

“Niji-Iro provides a unique educational opportunity which includes a two-way immersion program for both Japanese and American students. The mission of the school is to provide students the opportunity to be immersed in a second language, while learning from each other. The students will become bilingual, respectful and globally-minded individuals.”

Notre Dame High School, Harper Woods

“Notre Dame High School is one of the premier college preparatory high schools in the Midwest.” Boys. 9-12.

Notre Dame Preparatory School & Marist Academy, Giddings

“Notre Dame Preparatory is a Roman Catholic, coed, college prep high school operated by the Marist Fathers & Brothers.”

Renaissance High School, Detroit

“Renaissance has been recognized consistently by the State of Michigan as well as nationally as a “Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence.” Other honors include: 3-time Silver-Medal Rated School, according to U.S. News and World Report; one of America’s Best High Schools; Skillman Foundation’s “High Performing High School”; Gates Millennium Scholarship Winners (2010 & 2011); over $20,000,000.00 in scholarships awarded in 2010 & 2011; Perennial Academic Games Winner; World-Traveled Vocal & Instrumental Music Department.”

Saint Augustine School, Richmond

Catholic school. Preschool – Eighth Grade.

Saint Hugo School, Bloomfield Hills

“We are a Catholic K-8 school located in Bloomfield Hills, MI.”

South Arbor Charter Academy, Ypsilanti

“Founded on academic excellence, moral focus, parental partnership, and student responsibility, South Arbor Charter Academy is a school like no other – one that can lead to a lifetime of success.”

University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, Detroit

“Founded in 1877 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) as Detroit College, U of D Jesuit High School is the oldest continuously functioning secondary school in the city of Detroit.” Boys. 9-12.

University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods

“Michigan’s oldest independent school, has four divisions, more than 800 students ages 3 through 12th-grade and almost 100 faculty members on its two campuses in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan.”

Upland Hills School, Oxford

“Upland Hills School, founded in 1971, is an independent school community whose purpose is to educate pre high school children.  Our aim is to discover and respect the uniqueness of every child.”

The Valley School, Flint

A college preparatory, co-educational, secular day school founded in 1970. Our pre kindergarten through graduation program offers a challenging curriculum in a friendly atmosphere. 156 currently enrolled.

Valley Lutheran High School, Saginaw

“The High School is owned and operated by an association of 14 local congregations of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.”

2 Responses to Local Non-Gifted Schools That May Appeal to the Gifted

  1. the link to Eagle Creek Academy is incorrect. It should be http://www.eaglecreekacademy.com thank you

  2. I’m glad you found it useful!

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