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Our annual guide to notable schools in southeast Michigan

Private Schools

Bloomfield Christian School

Elementary, Middle and High School

3570 Telegraph Road

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

(248) 499-7800

Formerly known as the Christian Leadership Academy, this K-12th grade interdenominational, classical-curriculum school was founded in 1994. The school’s mission is teaching students to know, reason, discern and apply truth using Scripture and the classical liberal arts. Seventh- and eighth-graders learn Latin. Students have steadily scored higher than average on standardized tests for college.


Brookfield Academy

Elementary School

2965 Walnut Lake Road

West Bloomfield, MI 48323

(248) 626-6665

Brookfield Academy was founded in 1964 by Dr. and Mrs. David Weinberg as the first Montessori school in Michigan. The academy has campuses in West Bloomfield, Troy, Rochester Hills and Livonia. West Bloomfield, Troy, and Rochester Hills locations serve students in grades pre-K to fifth grade, while the Livonia location caters to infants until the third grade. Brookfield Academy has been honored by the Michigan legislature and Untied States Congress for excellent academic achievements and involvement in early education for children.


Cranbrook Schools

Elementary, Middle and High School

39221 Woodward

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

(248) 645-3000

Founded in 1922, Cranbrook is located on a beautiful 319-acre campus considered a masterpiece of American architecture. In 1989, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark. Cranbrook has 1,661 students in 2016/2017, including a few hundred boarders. Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School has been named an Exemplary School by the U.S. Department of Education due to its academic excellence. Cranbrook has also shown excellence through extracurricular activities.



Detroit Country Day School

Elementary, Middle and High School

22305 W. 13 Mile Road

Beverly Hills, MI 48025

(248) 646-7717

For more than 100 years, the core commitment of Detroit Country Day has been academic excellence for grades pre-K-12 on several campuses in Bloomfield Hills and Beverly Hills. One-hundred percent of high school graduates are accepted into accredited four-year colleges and universities. Country Day offers a liberal arts-based education, more than 30 athletic programs, and impressive fine and performing arts programs.


Eton Academy

Elementary, Middle and High School

1755 Melton Road

Birmingham, MI 48009

(248) 642-1150

Opened in 1980, Eton is designed exclusively for students with reading, attention and other learning challenges in grades K-12. The school offers classes in both group and individual settings. This school year, Eton Academy will work with approximately 200 students. The school offers an Independent Study Program that features one-to-one instruction on a schedule designed for each student. There are also several summer camps including drama and dance. Eton has gained substantial support from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Independent School Association of the Central States.


The International Academy

High School

1020 E. Square Lake Road

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

(248) 341-5900

The International Academy is a nationally recognized all International Baccalaureate public high school serving 1,300 students from 14 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. In 2014, 66 International Academy students achieved National Merit status representing 22 percent of the senior class. 



INVEST Schools

Elementary, Middle and High School

2167 15 Mile Road

Sterling Heights, MI 48310

(248) 658-5600

Launched in 2002, International Network for Vocational Educational Skills Training (INVEST) is a Michigan non-profit company dedicated to providing an alternative to mainstream teaching. INVEST offers Grace Elementary and Middle School, INVEST Roosevelt High School, and an online learning center. They also offer Saturday school for ages 6-14, a scholarship program and a summer soccer camp. Provided through Hazel Park Schools, INVEST serves ethnic and less-privileged communities, many of them Chaldean newcomers, offering a wide range of educational programs while conducting charitable efforts throughout the calendar year. 


Japhet School

Elementary and Middle School

839 S. Crooks Road

Clawson, MI 48017

(248) 585-9150

Japhet serves ethnically diverse students in preschool through eighth grade. Rolling admission means students are admitted through the school year. The school is accredited through the Independent Schools Association of the Central States. Japhet was the first independent school in the country — and the first school in Michigan — to receive a National Schools of Character Award, presented to schools that encourage the social and ethical development of students while maintaining strong academic standards. Class sizes are small, less than 20 students.


Keys Grace Academy

Elementary, Middle and High School

27321 Hampden Street

Madison Heights, MI 48071

(248) 629-7700

Just opening in fall 2015 from the same team that runs the INVEST schools, Keys Grace Academy is the first charter school to offer Chaldean/Assyrian/Syriac language, culture and history. Organizers are formulating a complete Modern Aramaic curriculum to incorporate as a required class for all students. In addition, all grades will focus on Mesopotamian culture and history. Keys Grace Academy’s K-12 curriculum is mapped directly from the Common Core State Standards. After-school activities include arts and music programs and intramural sports.



Lakes Area Montessori Center

Preschool through Elementary

8605 Richardson Road

Walled Lake, MI 48390

(248) 360-0500

Lakes Area Montessori is a toddler, preschool, kindergarten and elementary school housed in a specially constructed building on two acres. The school is directed by professional educators and staffed by Montessori teachers. Children as young as 18 months are accommodated and full-day kindergarten is offered. The non-graded curriculum has a strong academic focus on science, mathematics, language arts, geometry, history, geography, art, music and Spanish.


Montessori School Rochester

Elementary School

3976 S. Livernois Rd.

Rochester Hills MI 48307

(248) 453-5757

Montessori works with children from toddler years through the age of 12. The school follows the philosophy of allowing children to follow their greatest interests and learn about their immediate world at their own pace. Appreciation for the arts is facilitated with visiting artists, musicians and storytellers.


The Lower Roeper School

Elementary School

41190 Woodward Avenue

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304


The Upper Roeper School

Middle and High School

1051 Oakland Avenue

Birmingham, MI 48009

(248) 203-7300

Roeper is a unique coeducational school community for gifted children in preschool through grade 12 with campuses in Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham. The first school opened in 1941. The school enrolls more than 570 students and is organized into three divisions starting with children as young as 2 ½. The mission is to educate the whole child in an emotionally supportive, intellectually engaging environment. 





Catholic Schools

Academy of the Sacred Heart

Elementary, Middle and High School

1250 Kensington Road

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

(248) 646-8900

One of 22 Sacred Heart schools in the United States, the 44-acre campus includes an Early Childhood Program through Grade 4; the Knights of the Sacred Heart (boys in grades 5-8), and the Middle School and Upper School that is home to the Gazelles (girls in grades 5-12). The high school is also known for its outstanding lacrosse team, 17 state championships (including the 2016 high school tennis team), and its 31,000-square-foot field house.


All Saints Catholic School

Elementary and Middle School

48735 Warren Road

Canton, MI, 48187

(734) 459-2490

Accredited by the Michigan Nonpublic Schools Accrediting Association, this co-ed school has more than 500 students. Special classes are taught by teachers from the Livonia Public School Share Time Program and include foreign language instruction, faith mentoring and the monthly outreach to disadvantaged communities and organizations. Highlights at All Saints are student service projects and small class sizes.


Austin Catholic Academy

Co-Ed High School

25925 23 Mile Road

Chesterfield, MI 48051

(586) 200-0143

Created under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Detroit and sponsor parishes, Austin Catholic Academy is the only co-ed Catholic high school in Northern Macomb County. Opened in 2011, administrators hope to eventually serve about 500 students. The Augustinian education includes rigorous college preparatory academics, spiritual growth, service to the community and extracurricular activities. Last school year Austin opened a media center.


Bishop Foley Catholic High School 

Co-Ed High School

32000 N. Campbell Road

Madison Heights, MI 48071

(248) 585-1210

Bishop Foley is a co-educational high school with advanced national accreditation through North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Founded in 1965, it has an enrollment of 400 students and offers a wide range of opportunities in academics and athletics. The school has a full-time Campus Ministry Director to foster spiritual activities and teacher and peer tutoring. Bishop Foley has amassed more than 50 athletic championships and has a dual enrollment program with the University of Detroit Mercy for Engineering and Leadership classes.


Bishop Kelley Catholic School

Elementary and Middle School

926 W. Nepessing Street

Lapeer, MI 48446

(810) 664-5011

All faiths are welcome at this co-ed school instituted by the Immaculate Conception Parish community and accredited by the Michigan Non-Public School Accrediting Association. The school, which boasts a family-type atmosphere, was founded in 1950 and has about 230 students. There is also a preschool for children as young as 3. The school is affiliated with Immaculate Conception Parish in Lapeer.


Brother Rice

All Boys High School

7101 Lahser Road

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

(248) 833-2000


Founded in 1960 by the Congregation of Christian Brothers of Ireland, Brother Rice is a private, fully accredited, four-year Catholic college preparatory school for young men.  Brother Rice High School fosters the spiritual, intellectual, cultural and moral development of its students. The Brother Rice community promotes excellence through an environment conducive to life-long personal growth, and responsible, moral decision making in a Christian atmosphere.

The Brother Rice student body is composed of over 600 young men with a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, talents and interests. Each student is a unique contributor to the Brother Rice family.


De La Salle Collegiate

All Boys High School

14600 Common Road

Warren, MI 48088

(586) 778-2207

Inspired by the tradition of St. John Baptist de La Salle, this school is dedicated to the Catholic education of its diverse students, including the poor and disadvantaged. The college preparatory school was founded in 1926. Clubs and activities range from choir to robotics. It’s a Class A MHSAA member school and also a member of the Catholic League Central Division.


Detroit Catholic Central High School

All Boys High School

27225 Wixom Road

Novi, MI 48374

(248) 596-3810

The school dates to 1928 and has relocated a number of times, settling into its current home on 60 acres in Novi in 2005. The school philosophy is that while textbooks are important (it has more than a dozen AP courses and is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools), much knowledge can be learned only in prayer. Each student is required to complete Christian Service and at least 95 percent of graduates go onto college.


Detroit Cristo Rey

Co-ed High School

5679 W. Vernor Highway

Detroit, MI 48209

(313) 843-2747

Detroit Cristo Rey opened in 2008 as the only co-ed Catholic school in the city of Detroit. The most distinctive feature of this school is its corporate work-study program, which allows students to spend one day per week on real-life work experience in a businesses or organization in Metro Detroit. Across the network, 96 percent of seniors graduated and were accepted to college. The school strives to “break the cycle of poverty” in Detroit by offering a college-prep education to low-income, center-city students.


Divine Child

Elementary and Middle School

25001 Herbert Weier

Dearborn, MI 48128

(313) 562-1090


Divine Child

Co-ed High School

1001 N. Silvery Lane

Dearborn, MI 48128

(313) 562-1990

Divine Child is a co-ed parish school founded in 1958. Equipped with 34 classrooms, a chapel, library, and 500-seat auditorium, it’s the largest co-ed Catholic high school in Michigan. With more than 30 extracurricular activities and AP-level courses available, 97 percent of students attend college. The elementary and middle schools offer many activities including scouting. For athletes, there are 52 teams in 24 sports.


Everest Collegiate High School and Academy

Elementary, Middle School and High School

5935 Clarkston Road

Clarkston, MI 48348

(248) 241-9040

Everest, which offers pre-K through high school, uses the Integral Formation method of education, which is built upon the Christian view of the person and focuses on forming all dimensions of the person – their intellectual, human, spiritual and apostolic capacities. In 2012, Everest Collegiate was awarded a spot on the Top 50 Catholic Schools list. The school shares most high school athletics with Our Lady of the Lakes. 


Gesu Catholic School

Elementary and Middle School

17139 Oak Drive

Detroit, MI 48221

(313) 863-4677

Gesu is an award-winning co-ed school with about 250 students in grades pre-K through 8. Gesu students are known to give back to the environment by recycling and tending their own garden-to-harvest crops. The school was established in 1925 and is accredited by the Michigan Nonpublic Schools Accreditation Association. Gesu has been recognized by the Skillman Foundation as an improving school. Facilities include an on-site learning center, renovated computer lab and updated library.


Guardian Angels

Preschool, Elementary and Middle School

521 E. 14 Mile Road

Clawson, MI 48017

(248) 588-5545

A Blue Ribbon School, Guardian Angels students have scored well above the national average and are as much as three full grades ahead of other students at their same level. Unique features of the school include a science lab, a greenroom and Spanish instruction for all grades. The school has about 300 students. An extended day program is available. Guardian Angels has created a new full-day service for their preschoolers.


Holy Family Regional School

Elementary and Middle School

North Campus Grades K-3

1240 Inglewood

Rochester, MI 48307

(248) 656-1234

South Campus Grades 4-8

2633 John R Road

Rochester Hills, MI 48307

(248) 299-3798

Holy Family educates children at two campuses: kindergarten (full or half-day) through grade three in Rochester, and grades four through eight in Rochester Hills. The school has an impressive computer lab, and all students in grades 6-8 receive Spanish instruction. Unique programs include Talent Development and Special Services for those who need extra help. There is also the Young 5 Program as an alternative to kindergarten.


Holy Name

Elementary and Middle School

680 Harmon St.

Birmingham, MI 48009

(248) 644-2722

A Blue Ribbon school since 2008, Holy Name provides unique classes for boys and girls in grades K-8, and also has a preschool. A variety of teaching techniques are used to meet the different learning styles of its students. Facilities include a media center, music and art rooms and a technology lab. The Holy Name Hurricanes have an outstanding athletic department. The school is accredited by the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools and offers after-school enrichment programs.


Immaculate Conception

Co-Ed Elementary and Middle School

7043 Church Road

Ira Township, MI 48023

(586) 725-0078

For more than a century and a half, Immaculate Conception, set on the shores of Anchor Bay, has served the northeast Macomb County and St. Clair County communities. It has more than 180 students and a low teacher to student ratio. Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron is an alumni.


Loyola High School

All-Boys High School

15325 Pinehurst St.

Detroit, MI 48238

(313) 861-2407


A Catholic scschool fronthool in the Jesuit tradition, Loyola began as a concerned response to a pressing need in Detroit and its surrounding communities. With strong involvement of parents and staff at every step of the way, its graduates – truly “Men for Others” – demonstrate the level of academic, physical, social, and spiritual growth first envisioned by the school’s founders. Now in its 23nd year, Loyola remains committed to its original mission. It is a strong community of students, parents, and staff.



All-Girls High School

7225 Lahser Road

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

(248) 644-1750

Founded in 1959, Marian is a prestigious college-prep high school for young women with about 500 students. It offers 17 advanced placement courses and 19 honors classes. The Class of 2015 was 100 percent college-bound. Marian athletic teams have been recognized as state champions on 24 occasions. Marian is located next to Brother Rice and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The student-teacher ratio is 16:1.



All-Girls High School

29300 W. 11 Mile Road

Farmington Hills, MI 48336

(248) 476-8020

More than 13,000 students have graduated from Mercy throughout its 60-year history. After graduation, 99 percent of Mercy’s young women attend college – and 88 percent get into their first choice. The school, which has a student body of 750, upholds a strong tradition of competitive athletics in more than 17 sports and facilities that include a gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, full-size track, two fields, and two enclosed softball diamonds. Mercy is designated as an Exemplary Private High School by the U.S. Department of Education.


Notre Dame Marist Academy – Lower Division

Elementary School

1425 Giddings Rd.

Pontiac, MI 48340

(248) 373-2573

Notre Dame Marist Academy – Middle Division

Middle School

1300 Giddings Road

Pontiac, MI 48340

(248) 373-5371

Notre Dame Preparatory School

Co-ed High School

1300 Giddings Road

Pontiac, MI 48340-2108

(248) 373-5300

Notre Dame has a co-ed and economically diverse student body with a population of about 1,000. As a college preparatory school it offers a variety of advanced-placement classes and myriad clubs and organizations; graduating classes routinely earn more than $10 million in scholarships. The school is operated by the Marist Fathers & Brothers. It is the only Catholic school in Michigan that offers the International Baccalaureate course of study to students from junior kindergarten through 12th grade.


Our Lady of Good Counsel

Elementary and Middle School

1151 William Street

Plymouth, MI 48170

(734) 453-3053

Good Counsel has 545 students, 25 teachers and a 1:17 student-teacher ratio. Most teachers have advanced degrees and the school is accredited by the Michigan Nonpublic Schools Accrediting Association. The school is more than 60 years old and offers extracurricular activities from chess to yearbook. It has captured championships in several CYO sports. Our Lady of Good Counsel has a school partnership with a junior high in Nanjing, China.


Our Lady of the Lakes

Elementary, Middle and High School

5495 Dixie Highway

Waterford, MI 48329

(248) 623-0340

Our Lady of the Lakes Parish School is the only K-12 Catholic School on one campus in Oakland County. Founded in 1956, the school serves more than 650 co-ed students and touts itself as an affordable option. The school offers up a foreign exchange student program and a drama club. Students can earn extra credit by working in the office or library. The college preparatory curriculum includes seven AP classes.


Our Lady of Refuge

Elementary and Middle School

3750 Commerce Road

Orchard Lake, MI 48324

(248) 682-3422

Our Lady of Refuge offers a Christ-centered education for students from pre-K (3-5 year olds) through eighth grade. It offers a fully accredited core curriculum complemented by classes in Spanish, music, art, computer skills and physical education, as well as a wide range of sports and school activities. Before- and after-school programs are available to meet the needs of working parents.


Our Lady Star of the Sea

Elementary and Middle School

467 Fairford Road

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

(313) 884-1070

Star of the Sea offers a wide range of academic and elective programs for preschool through eighth grade. Among its amenities are a computer lab and an extensive arts and music program. Students score highly in most IOWA basic skills tests.


Our Lady of Sorrows

Elementary and Middle School

24040 Raphael Road

Farmington Hills, MI 48336

(248) 476-0977

Our Lady of Sorrows is one of the largest elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Accredited by the Michigan Non-Public School Accrediting Association, it offers preschool, half- and full-day kindergarten, and grades 1-8. The school has 33 classroom teachers, six classroom aides, school counselor, technology coordinator, media specialist, development room teacher, and shared-time teachers and a speech therapist from Farmington Public Schools.


Our Lady of Victory Catholic School

Elementary and Middle School

132 Orchard Drive

Northville, MI 48167

(248) 349-3610

This co-ed parish school has about 445 students with a maximum classroom size of 26. On test scores, students perform well above the national averages and above the average of other schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Students also participate in a special CARE project (Christ’s Arms Reaching Everyone) to benefit the community. Preschool and after-school faith programs are available.


Our Lady Queen of Martyrs

Elementary and Middle School

32460 Pierce Road

Beverly Hills, MI 48025

(248) 642-2616

Accredited by the Michigan Non-Public Schools Accrediting Association, Our Lady has a college-prep curriculum from early childhood programs through grade eight. OLQM, which dates to 1954, provides after-school latchkey for working parents and a student/teacher ratio of 22:1. Competitive and intramural sports teams are available, as are band, choir and scouting. Transportation is provided via Birmingham District buses.



All-Girls High School

13900 Masonic Boulevard

Warren, MI 48088

(586) 585-0500

Open since 1956, Regina has a number of endearing traditions for its 463 young women. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and has 38 certified educators, 70 percent holding master degrees or beyond. Virtually all graduates go onto higher learning. Regina is classified as a Class A School and offers 23 Honors and nine Advanced Placement classes. Its brother school, De La Salle, unifies with Regina to create a well-balanced and positive environment.



Elementary, Middle and High School

3500 W. 13 Mile Road

Royal Oak, MI 48073

(248) 549-2925

Shrine offers elementary, middle and high schools and is affiliated with the landmark Shrine of the Little Flower Church. The grade school is a Michigan Blue Ribbon School and has about 600 students. The attached middle school with about 175 students is known as the Academy. The co-ed high school has about 275 students, participates in the Michigan High School Athletic Association and is a member of the Catholic High School League. It is also home to a dynamic International student base with students from China, South Korea, Vietnam, and Guatemala.


St. Anne

Elementary and Middle School

5920 Arden Avenue

Warren, MI 48092

(586) 264-2911

Founded in 1949, St. Anne has some 600 students in pre-K through eighth grade. St. Anne ranks as one of the highest schools for test scores in the Archdiocese. In national IOWA testing, the school’s fifth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students scored in the top 10 percent, while the second-, third-, fourth- and sixth-graders were in the top 15 percent. Enrollment at St. Anne has increased in recent years.


St. Catherine of Siena Academy

All-Girls High School

28200 Napier Road

Wixom, Michigan 48393

(248) 946-4848

Just opened in 2011, St. Catherine of Siena Academy is the first all-girls Catholic high school to open in 50 years. The campus is a 137,000-square-foot facility constructed on a 33-acre parcel that includes 27 classrooms and a 400-seat chapel. St. Catherine’s mission is rooted in Pope John Paul II’s philosophy of the “Feminine Genius.” It’s accredited by the Michigan Non-Public School Accrediting Association.


St. Clare of Montefalco

Elementary and Middle School

16231 Charlevoix Street

Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

(313) 647-5000

This co-ed school is the only private school in Grosse Pointe Park. St. Clare of Montefalco is part of the National Catholic Educational Association. The school has a 15:1 student/teacher ratio in preschool through eighth grade. A large number of extracurricular activities and special programs are offered.


St. Edith Catholic School

Elementary and Middle School

15089 Newburgh Road

Livonia, MI 48154

(734) 464-1250

This co-ed school of about 178 students focuses on stressing responsibility and independence to prepare students for junior high and high school. Extracurricular activities include weekly music classes, choir and scouting. The school also participates in the Livonia Share Time Program where teachers specializing in certain subjects teach on site.


St. Fabian

Elementary and Middle School

32200 W. 12 Mile Road

Farmington Hills, MI 48334

(248) 553-4610

St. Fabian, a Chaldean community favorite, offers preschool through eighth grade for some 385 students. Most teachers have or are getting their master’s degree and meet or exceed the Michigan Department of Education standards. Paraprofessionals are utilized in kindergarten through third grade, and students in all grades participate in at least one “special” class per day. Students learn Spanish starting in kindergarten. The school offers a wide variety of CYO and intramural sports.


St. Hugo of the Hills

Elementary and Middle School

380 E. Hickory Grove Road

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

(248) 642-6131

Operated by the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and located on 30 acres, St. Hugo is a Blue Ribbon Exemplary School with a student population of about 565. Students typically score in the top 10 percent in math and reading tests. Extracurricular activities range from band to scouting to the National Geographic Bee.


St. Isaac Jogues

Elementary and Middle School

21100 Madison Street

St. Clair Shores, MI 48081

(586) 771-3525

Established in 1956, St. Isaac Jogues has a population of about 300 students. Special clubs include choir, drama, forensics and yearbook. The school also offers preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds and extended daycare.


St. Joseph

Elementary and Middle School

715 N. Lapeer Road

Lake Orion, MI 48362

(248) 693-6215

Named an innovative model for other faith-based schools, St. Joseph, which dates to 1952, has more than 330 students in grades pre-K through eight. Through the years, the school has doubled the number of classrooms and added a media center, computer lab, science lab, fine arts labs, extended care and state-of-the-art technology.


St. Lawrence

Elementary and Middle School

44429 Utica Road

Utica, MI 48317

(586) 731-0135

Established in 1931, St. Lawrence has students in pre-K through eighth grades. The school is accredited by the National Catholic Educational Association. The Mustangs play a number of sports, including lacrosse, and before- and after-school latchkey is offered. The Varsity Cheerleading Team won the winter CYO championship in 2016.


St. Mary

Elementary and Middle School

2 Union Street

Mt. Clemens, MI 48043

(586) 468-4570

St. Mary’s has been a pillar of Macomb County since 1871 by continuing their commitment to serving the community with faith-filled education for children from preschool through eighth grade. The school is accredited through the Michigan Non-Public School Accrediting Association and is a designated Michigan Green School. Music, hands-on science, art, Spanish and computers are part of the core curriculum. Activities include children’s choir, newspaper, national junior’s honors society, children’s ministry and student council.



St. Mary’s Catholic School

Elementary and Middle School

628 S. Lafayette

Royal Oak, MI 48067

(248) 545-2140

A member of Michigan Green Schools, St. Mary’s Royal Oak is accredited by the Michigan Non-Public School Accrediting Association. Most of the 220 students are parishioners at St. Mary. The school dates back to 1916 and offers a variety of athletics. St. Mary also has 117 preschool students.


St. Mary’s Preparatory

All-Boys High School

3535 Commerce Rd.

Orchard Lake, MI 48324

(248) 683-0530

St. Mary’s has a day program and boarding school for young men. Dating to 1885, its 115-acre campus has been designated a Michigan Historical Site and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is accredited by the State of Michigan Department of Education and nearly 100 percent of graduates go onto college.


St Michael’s Catholic School

Elementary and Middle School

11311 Hubbard Street

Livonia, MI 48150

(734) 261-1455

St. Michael’s received the “School of Distinction” award by the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools for exceeding standards and effective school improvement in both 2008 and 2011. The co-ed school is aligned with Michigan state standards. Students are strongly encouraged to enter at least one enrichment program such as art, band or drama.


St. Patrick

Elementary and Middle School

9040 Hutchins Road

White Lake, MI 48386

(248) 698-3240

St. Patrick has been open since 1957. Advanced programs are an integral part of the regular curriculum to help students get ahead in their studies. Scouting, ski, drama and chess are among the many club offerings. It’s accredited by the Michigan Non-Public School Accrediting Association.


St. Paul on the Lake

Elementary and Middle School

170 Grosse Pointe Boulevard

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

(313) 885-3430

A designated Blue Ribbon School, St. Paul has roots back to 1887. Students can choose from a wide variety of extracurricular activities including scouting, foreign language, gymnastics and choir. Eighth-graders typically score four years above their grade level on national tests and take advanced placement classes in high school.


St. Regis

Elementary and Middle School

3691 Lincoln Road

Bloomfield Township, MI 48301

(248) 724-3377

Established in 1959, St. Regis focuses on faith, high academic standards, leadership and service. For working parents, it offers an extended care club, as well as after-school enrichment programs. St. Regis is accredited by Michigan Non-Public School Accrediting Association. Services like remedial reading and speech therapy are offered through Birmingham Public Schools. The church is newly restored.


St. Thecla Elementary School

Elementary and Middle School

20762 South Nunneley Road

Clinton Twp., MI 48035

(586) 791-2170

St. Thecla was founded in 1960 and offers preschool through eighth grades. The school participates in the Scrip Corner program, which helps families earn credit towards their child’s tuition. Students enjoy a new media center and many extracurricular programs such as Spanish, music and CYO sports including soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, bowling and cheerleading. The Little Disciples Program is for tots ages 18 months to 3 years.


St. Valentine

Kindergarten through Ninth Grade

25875 Hope Street

Redford, MI 48239

(313) 533-7149

St. Valentine is a Michigan Green School dedicated to achieving environmental goals. The school participates in several CYO sports. It also offers a computer lab, the Accelerated Reader program, a latchkey after-school program and scouting. Currently it serves about 175 students. All curriculum objectives meet the Michigan state standard.


St. William

Elementary and Middle School

135 O’Flaherty

Walled Lake, MI 48390

(248) 669-4440

With 200 students, St. Williams excels in competitions such as the spelling bee and the Science Olympiad. Advanced math is available for students in grades 5-8. The school has earned full accreditation by the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools. It also offers a junior kindergarten program.


University of Detroit Jesuit High School

All-Boys Middle and High School

8400 South Cambridge Avenue

Detroit, MI 48221

(313) 862-5400

Founded in 1877 as Detroit College, U of D Jesuit is the oldest continuously functioning secondary school in Detroit and oldest college-prep Catholic high school in the city. The high school has about 750 students and the Academy has more than 150 seventh- and eighth-graders. The school has more National Merit and National Achievement semi-finalists than any other Catholic school in the state.





Public Schools of choice

The State School Aid Act of 1979 in Michigan allows schools to enroll non-resident students if there is room and the district is willing. Commonly known as Schools of Choice, it is a recruitment tool that more and more districts are using to boost their numbers – and funding. Schools of Choice have helped a lot of districts educate children who might have otherwise had a poor education in their failing schools and dangerous neighborhoods. SOC students bring their state per-pupil funding with them to their school, while their resident district loses those dollars. It has been a controversial topic in many school districts in Metro Detroit and different districts vary their allowance based on enrollment of resident students.

Here are some Schools of Choice with large Chaldean student populations, based on teacher estimates.


Avondale School District

2940 Waukegan Street

Auburn Hills, MI 48326

(248) 537-6000

Avondale has nine schools covering elementary through high school with students from Troy, Auburn Hills, Bloomfield and Rochester Hills. The Avondale/Oakland University Partnership was established in 2013 where OU teaching students explore methods and models at Auburn Elementary and medical students teach kids about wellness. The district also offers early learning centers for 3-5 year olds. The schools offer a full roster of extracurricular activities.


Farmington Public Schools

32500 Shiawassee

Farmington, MI 48336

(248) 489-3349

Farmington Schools have numerous points of pride, including Blue Ribbon schools and consistent winning titles in athletics and music. Their rigorous curriculum has earned several honors, and they are very dedicated to their diverse student body, establishing Welcome Centers for newcomers, going-green initiatives, and International Baccalaureate programs.


Hazel Park Schools

1620 E. Elza

Hazel Park, MI 48030

(248) 658-5200


Hazel Park has several schools throughout the small district, ranging from the typical high school and elementary schools to alternative education and vocational programs. Hazel Park Schools has enhanced the learning experience with the use of technology, giving each student their own Chromebook. In recent years, the district has also implemented the Promise Zone, providing scholarship dollars to provide an associate's degree or its equivalent at Oakland Community College.


Lamphere Schools

31201 Dorchester

Madison Heights, MI 48071

(248) 589-1990

Lamphere is one of Madison Height’s two districts. The district has enhanced its instruction with the use of technology and has added a Mandarin Chinese Immersion program beginning in preschool. They have renovated all of their buildings and align their curriculum with the state’s common core standards. They encourage athletics, the arts and community involvement.


Madison District Public Schools

26524 John R. Rd.

Madison Heights, MI 48071

(248) 399-7800


This small district offers challenging academics and a nurturing environment. They provide state-of-the-art technology, bilingual programs, and specialized math and reading programs. Student leadership and involvement is much encouraged, as is the appreciation for cultural differences. They also offer an alternative school and a “virtual academy” in which students can take online courses. Madison accepts students from Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties.


Troy School District

4400 Livernois Road.

Troy, MI 48098

(248) 823-4000


Troy supports a quality education with enrichment programs that foster an appreciation for learning, diversity and mutual respect. They offer a complete K-12 IB program and all schools have received the Blue Ribbon Award. They also previously received an A+ rating from the Detroit News. 



Walled Lake Consolidated Schools

850 Ladd Road

Walled Lake, MI 48390

(248) 956-2000

Walled Lake, one of the largest school districts in the state, has shown significant gains in Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) and Michigan Merit Exam (MME) scores, as well as AP enrollment in the high schools. They continuously implement state-of-the-art technology in their instruction and offer a variety of enrichment programs and community-wide initiatives. Like West Bloomfield, it is very diverse and all three of their high schools have been ranked in Newsweek’s list of advantageous schools.


Warren Consolidated Schools

31300 Anita Drive

Warren, MI 48093

(888) 492-7543


More than 52 languages are spoken at home by students of Warren Schools’ diverse population. Warren is committed to using technology and providing a wide range of opportunities for its multicultural student body. It offers a strong curriculum in a friendly atmosphere supported by the local community. Sterling Heights High School has been named among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.


West Bloomfield School District

5810 Commerce Road

West Bloomfield, MI 48324

(248) 865.6480

West Bloomfield is a very diverse district that boasts rigorous academics, engaging programs and a 95 percent graduation rate. West Bloomfield High School, ranked in the top 6 percent of Newsweek’s most desirable schools, offers the most Advanced Placement (AP) classes than any other high school in Oakland County. There are more than 5,500 students enrolled in the schools, which have achieved Evergreen status through the students’ aggressive attitude to being energy conserving.


Utica Community Schools

11303 Greendale

Sterling Heights, MI 48312

(586) 797-1000

Utica’s commitment to students can be found in their motto, “Every child achieves.” They have implemented a first-class curriculum and a culture in which students aspire to accomplish their goals. They have 28 Blue Ribbon schools and their students have the highest MEAP, MME and American College Testing (ACT) scores in Macomb County.


– Updated by Ashourina Slewo