About This School
The approach pioneered by the Roepers, which continues today, focuses on the whole child while uniquely accommodating the complexity of gifted children. Educationally, it offers the intellectual rigor gifted children crave and allows them to explore personal passions deeply and imaginatively. Emotionally, it embraces the complicated path gifted children travel to maturity as they juggle cognitive and emotional stages that are frequently out of sync. Developmentally, it teaches gifted children, who have a fierce desire to control their own learning, how to do so constructively and responsibly.
The Roeper School is an independent, co-educational day school for gifted students, pre-kindergarten through grade 12, with campuses in Bloomfield Hills (pre-K through 5th grade) and Birmingham (grades 6-12). Decision-making, problem-solving, social responsibility and leadership are interwoven throughout the school’s curriculum. Roeper students receive local and national recognition on a regular basis. Roeper has a strong college preparatory program, with early access to many advanced placement courses, as well as highly regarded fine arts, drama, robotics and athletic departments.
In 2010, The Roeper School had 8 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Michigan average is 18 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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The Roeper School Reviews
It’s not so much a school is the BEST or not. It’s a matter of how everybody in the mix—students, teachers, parents—contributes to education. In that regard, Roeper is the best in region. Roeper kids had to pass a rigorous assessment up front—they are the cream of the crop in terms of giftedness. Kids just learn better & more effectively by hanging around smarter kids. Now, teachers, not sure if every one of them is best trained, but it seems most of them have gifted kids of their own attending the school. They are kind of forced to understand & become expert in raising and educating the gifted. Parents of this school are the most involved that I’ve seen. Many of them volunteer to run clubs (chess, girl scouts…), share their professional kills/cultural events, arrange one-of-a-kind field trips, etc. For teaching methods, I like the modularized learning blocks (eg Astronomy Studies & Charity Shop). They mingle math, reading, writing, art, craft, music, social studies etc. into one theme. In the end, kids not only learn a lot, they also made, produce, …, achieve a great deal. Giftedness means more than just academics. Roeper has a more holistic and in-depth understanding of that.
The Lower School is a small nurturing environment where the whole child is developed and cared for, not only their education. Two teachers in a small homeroom and by kindergarten children move to different classes for different specials. My son made a circuit himself and his bulb lit in science at age six! Awesome!
I came to Roeper this year, as a 10th grader. My previous school made me believe that my whole educational journey would be with teachers that don't care, bullying prevalent, and just an environment that is terrible to learn in. Roeper proved me wrong. I found the teachers are incredibly helpful, and really care about what you have to say. You are treated here as an individual, teachers realize that each and every one of us has different learning styles, and different capabilities. The freedom we are given is great, it will really prepare us for college. Our privileges are earned, not given, so when we do go to college, its not overwhelming. Roeper is just all around fabulous.
I am always amazed at how poised, confident, and mature Roeper students are while also being bright, talented, and accomplished. These students have a strong sense of self while being able to appreciate the diversity their peers bring into the school community. They feel encouraged to pursue their passions and seem to have a vision for their future I only wish I had at their age.