Our School

Advancing Excellence Since 1878

A Tradition of Discovery

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, University Liggett School offers a rigorous and innovative academic framework that allows students in every grade to find their passion and explore it in depth while developing creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and adaptability. 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.

Concentrated 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.

Whether it’s Yale, Harvard or a selective fine arts college, our students continue to actively pursue their academic careers once they graduate, earning advanced degrees at some of the world’s most elite institutions. Among them, you’ll find Rhodes scholars, Fulbright recipients and skilled athletes continuing their athletic pursuits. Regardless of their unique paths, they share a passion for discovery first sparked on the University Liggett School campus.

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


At University Liggett School, our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion stems from our respect for the dignity, worth and value of all individuals. This commitment is essential to our mission, which guides our actions and policies. It is an indispensable element of our goal to develop students who are active citizens in a pluralistic world.     

— Adopted in 2019 by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

2020-2021 Board of Trustees

    • Richard Berri ‘92
    • Bart Bronk, ex officio
    • William Brusilow, Secretary
    • Lewis Cooper III
    • Aimée Cowher
    • Richard P. Dahling ’77
    • Lore Moran Dodge ‘68
    • Paul Duhaime
    • James A. Fitzgerald ’56
    • Karen Fox
    • Kenneth A. Fruehauf ’85
    • Jody Ingle
    • Gretchen Knoell
    • Rick Leonard
    • Patrick Mansfield
    • Tomasine Marx ’78, Treasurer
    • David A. Nicholson, President
    • Rebecca D’Arcy O’Reilly ’96, Vice President
    • Joan Primo ‘77
    • BB Friedberg Reis ‘69
    • Savarior Moss-Service
    • Tony Smith
    • John W. Stroh III ‘78
    • Cynthia Ford Honorary Trustee
    • Ruth R. Glancy Honorary Trustee
    • William W. Shelden, Jr. Honorary Trustee

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


    The 54-acre campus comprises an ice rink, outdoor pool, art gallery, performance spaces, eight artificial turf fields, two gymnasiums, digital media lab, one Head of School residence located on campus, and a 30,200 square-foot, state-of-the art athletic center.