Balfour is a top-rated high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Balfour, Ann Arbor’s top-rated high school, has been educating students in grades 6 to 12 since 1894. Balfour is a private non-sectarian day and boarding school that values the unique characteristics of each student as an individual. Besides being a top-rated school, Balfour Ann Arbor also boasts many amenities such as: state of the art technology and nearly 600 acres for outdoor learning experiences for students in grades 9-12. The school’s academic program is highly selective and for this reason, the admissions process is strict. Although these requirements require a certain set of academic abilities in order to attend Balfour Ann Arbor, it does not take away from the opportunity to develop strong college-bound communication skills. The admissions process at Balfour Ann Arbor is not just about the academic component, but also includes an interview where students are able to make a personal connection with a member of the school staff. This connection allows them to feel more comfortable in an otherwise unfamiliar setting and encourages ultimate success in the rigorous environment at Balfour Ann Arbor.
The school offers a rigorous academic program with many Advanced Placement (AP) courses
Balfour offers a rigorous academic program with many Advanced Placement (AP) courses in its math, English, statistics and other areas. Although Balfour does not offer honors programs, the advanced academics allow students to work on some of their college classes at Balfour. The advanced academics are part of the “college-ready” classes that take place after the freshman year and usually are available for completion to all students in a grade level. The college-ready courses are not only time consuming, they also require outside study assistance and additional class time with Balfour faculty and staff.
Balfour students have a wide variety of opportunities to participate in student organizations, athletic programs and arts programs. The school offers many student publications, such as the yearbook, “The Falcon,” the newspaper, “The Balfour News,” and the opinion magazine, “Ad Hoc.” Balfour’s National Honor Society chapter is one of the largest in Michigan. It has been recognized for more than twenty years by the national organization for its contributions to Balfour and efforts to improve its community.
Balfour offers a wide range of athletics, from football to swimming. The swim team is the most prestigious and consistently wins regional meets. Football has been one of Balfour’s historic sports, winning many regional championships and sending players on to play for colleges across the country. The school is surrounded by an athletic complex with a soccer field, track and tennis courts. Balfour’s arts programs include the orchestra, chorus, band and visual arts.
Balfour has a competitive athletic program, with teams competing in the MHSAA (Michigan High School Athletic Association)
Balfour has a competitive athletic program with eight men’s and eight women’s teams. Balfour has received numerous state championships, regional championships, and has been a finalist for the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) State Championship for the past seven years. Balfour students have left their mark on the state of Michigan, with over 130 individual All-State honors, including 44 Academic All-State honors in 89 sports. The last State Champion team that Balfour has been a part of was led by current college baseball player and all-time Balfour record holder, Michael Spann.
Balfour has many clubs and extracurricular activities to choose from. These include, the “Balfour Communication Association”, the band, chorus, and TV and radio clubs. There is also a fancy dining society that organizes many different events throughout the school year. The “Balfour Alumni Club” also meets every Thursday at lunch time to talk about various topics. Lastly, there is a book discussion group with all students during their free period, as well as a writing class that is taught by representative of the Balfour MSHSL Ambassador Program.
The arts are also important at Balfour, with students having the opportunity to participate in chorus, band, and theatre productions
The arts are also an important aspect of Balfour, with students having the opportunity to participate in chorus, band, and theatre productions. For those that are not interested in participating in a performance, Balfour offers art classes in studios as well as classes dedicated to visual art appreciation. Many Balfour students have gone on to major in the arts at top-rated colleges such as Yale University, Indiana University and North Carolina State University.
Balfour’s athletic teams compete in the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) as a member of the AIA Gold Division. Balfour is well known for basketball, baseball, track and field and cross country. Other popular sports include volleyball and golf. Balfour’s athletic teams are known as the “Balforians” with the mascot of a Bulldog.
The school has an ongoing rivalry with La Jolla Country Day School.
The school has a strong sense of community, with students and staff working together to achieve common goals
The community at Balfour is very strong, with students and staff working together to achieve common goals. Balfour’s motto is “Unity in Diversity,” so there are many different activities throughout the year where students come together through school-wide programs such as “Together on Saturday Nights” (TwSN) and the annual Thanksgiving dinner. TwSN is held on a Saturday night beginning in October until Christmas break and celebrates Balfour’s diversity. Over 100 volunteers from the Balfour community come together to provide a night of entertainment for the Ann Arbor community in order for them to see what Balfour is all about. This program provides a fun environment for students to get involved on campus, as well as providing an opportunity to give back to the local community. Each year, Balfour hosts their annual Thanksgiving dinner at the end of November, providing a night of food and fun for those who can afford it and may not have another warm dinner. Many students contribute time and money in order to make this event possible.