Grosse Pointe is a community that has always valued and invested in education. As a result, our community is home to an amazing collection of public and private education options, all of which feature histories of educational excellence stretching back close to a century. What follows is a brief introduction to each of our community’s exceptional educational institutions with buttons that can take you to more information about each of them.
The Grosse Pointe Public School System serves the entire Grosse Pointe community and parts of Harper Woods. The schools in this system routinely rank among the top schools in the state according to a diverse group of ranking and reporting organizations. Some examples can be seen here and here. Operating as a single, unified system since 1921, Grosse Pointe Public Schools have been delivering top-tier educational experiences for generations.
The Grosse Pointe Public School System is comprised of nine elementary schools and three middle schools which ultimately feed the district’s two high schools, Grosse Pointe South, opened in 1928, and Grosse Pointe North, opened in 1968. The list of accomplishments and accolades for GPPSS schools, educators and leadership grows every year, making a comprehensive list somewhat of a challenge to maintain. In lieu of sharing all of the system’s fantastic news, we’re including the GPPSS Twitter and Facebook feeds.
From the school website: “The Grosse Pointe Academy is an independent day school enrolling boys and girls in a Montessori Early School (ages 2 1/2-5), a Lower School (Grades 1-3), an Intermediate School (Grades 4-5), and a Middle School (Grades 6-8).
As an independent school, The Grosse Pointe Academy prides itself on a warm and nurturing environment where each child is known and respected. We understand the sacred trust parents place in us. Our students receive the advantage of outstanding academics, an emphasis on moral and spiritual development through a Christian way of life, a wide range of extracurricular activities that challenge the mind and the body – from chess to interscholastic athletics. All of this takes place on a beautiful 20-acre lakeside campus of unparalleled beauty.
We provide the academic environment that helps our students develop the skills to become resourceful and creative learners. Integral to our “whole child” approach to education is our emphasis on character development through leadership and community service opportunities. Our goal is to encourage lifelong learning and good citizenship in our students.”
From the school website: “Located in Grosse Pointe Woods, a short drive from the bustle of downtown Detroit, University Liggett School is a nationally recognized, experiential learning-based private school for children from prekindergarten (age 3) through 12th grade. With our unique Curriculum for Understanding, 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.
From the school website: “St. Clare of Montefalco is a Christian community committed to excellence and uniqueness through extraordinary effort and love. It practices Christian beliefs by providing an atmosphere which encourages each member to develop a sense of personal worth, academic excellence, and Christian responsibility. It fosters a climate of moral awareness, social responsibility and respect for one another. In so doing, this school community is sharing its common belief in Jesus Christ.“
From the school website: “We believe that education is one of the most important ways by which the Church fulfills its commitment to the dignity of the person and the building of community. The educational efforts of the Church must be directed to forming persons-in-community. The education of the individual Christian is important not only for his/her own destiny, but also for the destinies of the many communities in which he/she lives.
The Christian purpose of St. Paul Catholic School must be clearly evident, even though no one form is prescribed for it. We must be open to the possibility that the school of the future, including the Catholic school, will be different in many ways from the school of the past. We at St. Paul Catholic School will teach the young, learn from them, see our own institution through their eyes, and make changes where necessary.
St. Paul Catholic School exists because of our strong belief in teaching and living out the Gospel values.
- Foster a life of prayer and a sense of ease with Christ.
- Respect the dignity and freedom of each child.
- Generate joy and enthusiasm for learning.
- Encourage friendship, trust, and hope for learning.
- Learn the meaning of community by experiencing it.
- Develop commitment by serving others.
- Promote academic excellence through cooperation, communication, consistency, concern, curiosity, and professional growth.
- Each child will be able to contribute to a better world.
- Create an awareness of personal, religious, academic and social values.
- Teach responsibility through the art of self-discipline.
- Offer alternatives in decision-making.
- Foster respect for one another.
- Encourage the art of listening.”