Hillsdale Academy

1 Academy Ln, Hillsdale, MI 49242

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Hillsdale Academy is an independent, classical K-12 day school located at One Academy Lane on the campus of Hillsdale College. In 1990, Hillsdale Academy opened its doors to 45 students in grades K-8. Today, it serves students in grades K-12; current enrollment is 186. The Academy program has gained national acclaim. Under the auspices of Hillsdale College, the Academy bases its curriculum on a solid grounding in fundamental academic skills, an exploration of the arts and sciences and an understanding of the foundational tenets of our Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman heritage.

Administrators from Hillsdale College established Hillsdale Academy with three primary objectives: one, to teach children the skills to be productive citizens; two, to nurture in them the moral qualities and habits of mind that they need to be good citizens; and three, to provide America with an educational model that can be useful nationwide.

A rigorous course of study is combined with the strong conviction that the biblical and classical virtues are necessary in the formation of the American citizen. Indeed, the school was established out of the conviction that modern American education was in need of profound reform.

In the Lower School (K-8), students are taught math, reading, writing, history, geography, science, music and art through traditional instruction. Phonics and a traditional approach to math, including memorization, are among the methods utilized in the Academy classroom. French is required of all students in grades 1-6. Small class sizes ensure personal instruction as well as a “one room schoolhouse” atmosphere.

Upper School students are asked to complete four years of Latin, math, science, literature, and history. Two years of art and music are also required. In grades 7-12, French is offered as an elective. Students in good standing may take courses at Hillsdale College in their junior and senior years. Athletics and other extracurricular activities provide further opportunities for the development of skills as well as opportunities to have fun and build a sense of community.

The school’s stellar performance on standardized tests and in alumni matriculation at excellent colleges and universities gives good evidence that the Hillsdale Model will continue to play an important role in American education.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades K-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address1 Academy Ln, Hillsdale, MI 49242
Year Established1990
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Day Tuition$3730-5890; estimated extras $500
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded20
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$21,000

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarTrimester
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsBasketball, Cross-country, Golf, Track
Interscholastic Boys' SportsSoccer
Interscholastic Girls' SportsVolleyball

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School17
Most Common Graduate DestinationsHillsdale 5, U of MI 2, Jackson CC 2, Stanford 1, Gettysburg 1, Alma 1
Average Math SAT641
Average Critical Reading SAT674
Average Writing SAT654
Average ACT28


Applications DueJanuary
Application Fee$25
New Students39
Percentage of Applicants Accepted85
Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)99


AdministratorKenneth R. Calvert
Administrator's TitleHeadmaster
In Office Since2002
Administrator's CredentialsMDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, ThM, Harvard Univ, PhD, Miami Univ (OH)

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment191
Day Students191
Elementary Enrollment (Through Grade 8)119
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)72
Student Body EthnicityWhite 91%, Latino 5%, African-American 2%, Asian 1%, Other 1%
Average Class Size20
Dress CodeUniform
Teaching Faculty23
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)26
Male Teaching Faculty7
Female Teaching Faculty16
Faculty EthnicityWhite 100%

Campus & Endowment

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