To the Admissions committee ESP Betsy Ellsworth and Eric Gajar - thank you for giving a military child a chance especially after just losing his father , a USAF vet , to brain cancer . You recognized the sacrifices of military families and saw the potential in a student who was a bit lost and mourning - but had a lot to give and gain at Greenhills . Greenhills is a quiet hidden gem in Michigan and fosters stewardship , a strong value system , inclusion and diversity , and strong academic performance in every student . My son is smiling again and has developed strong integrity and confidence he had lost for a while. The friends he has made are solid caring peers who fit the typical Greenhills student . He has joined the strong arts and sports programs , and continued volunteering - making a difference for others hurting . You saw his potential and his worth as a student who would appreciate, exemplify values that will ensure his success later , and even give back to such an excellent school through his performance and loyalty . He feels the support and in turn pays it forward . He no longer wonders if he will get into college but knows he will as do 100% of students at Greenhills if that is their plan . Thank you for reminding us all that there are teachers and staff who value each student individually and will go the extra mile to give a student with life challenges a chance to find his path - giving him hope again .
Although this is a private school , financial assistance and scholarships are available so do not let the cost deter you ... As an education specialist , I am over the moon with the classroom size , dedication of teachers, and relaxed but warm,safe environment at Greenhills . Greenhills is a hidden gem of Ann Arbor : the curriculum is solid and strong . In addition , Greenhills ability to prepare students for college including time and stress management, and mindfulness is to be commended . Highly qualified Counselors and staff who do not see my child as a number but as a human being are available on site at all times . The athletics are stellar and the focus on community service helps each student develop self-esteem, team building skills and a strong sense of stewardship . Our only regret is that we did not discover this school until my child had already attempted public high school where size and quality of teachers are the lick of the draw . How important is your child's education and development as a strong confident caring individual to you ?
My child was encouraged despite his own life challenges never to give up and to bring his creativity and ideas to Greenhills including his volunteer club . GREENHILLS has plenty of ways to volunteer but the more the merrier as they believe in having students do well not just academically but having developed into critical independent open-minded thinkers, who wish to make a difference in this world .
Teachers and Counselors are heavily involved in helping develop a sense of stewardship , and integrity which sadly was not a priority when my son attended public high school where rampant cheating seemed to be ignored . It was survival of the fittest . We raise our kids with their teachers - integrity ( honesty and compassion and strong sense of self worth ) needs to be a goal in every school as it is at GREENHILLS .
The teachers are great but there are some strange kids and parents there. Ann Arbor has some great schools. Maybe not worth the money for Greenhills because not that well known outside of Michigan. Two kids from Huron (public school) are going to Harvard this year and zero from Greenhills. College placement was very disappointing--for some reason they don't have the connections. I don't think they really have a plan for the kids to make them look great in the college application process.
I am in ninth grade, and I have loved every part of my Greenhills experience. With the exception of a few teachers here and there, the whole staff is great, nice and driven, especially the front desk people. Greenhills is quite expensive but the school, and the experiences it gives students are worth every penny. The curriculum is modern and up-to-date, and incorporates interactive learning. The school challenges students, and offers many different paths for them to take throughout high school. I actually liked going to school, and looked forward to it. The class sizes are small, providing kids with a one-on-one type connection with their instructors. Most kids just seem extremely comfortable at the school, and it is really a great environment for kids to learn who they are. This school prepares kids for the real world, and all that lies before them! I am sad that I have to leave this school, and hope that I can try to find a school as good as this one. If you are wondering whether or not to send your child to Greenhills, the answer is a pretty clear YES!
My daughter has had the privilege of attending Greenhills for the last 2 years and is really looking forward to moving into the Upper School next year. I cannot say enough about this school. From the moment I walked in to the Open House, I was hooked. The faculty is outstanding and truly committed to teaching, the kids are incredibly polite and understand the value of working hard, and the administration goes out of their way to make sure that students, parents, alumni, etc. are involved, informed, and feel appreciated. True, this is not a school for every child. But, if your child is feeling lost in the traditional, large public school environment, wants to be challenged, is self-motivated, and is willing to work hard, this school is a must see.