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Alexis Johnson Signs with Wittenberg

On April 12, Roeper Senior, Alexis C. Johnson, a resident of Southfield, MI and the daughter of Junior and Shonn Johnson, will sign a National Letter of Intent to run track and field for Wittenberg University under Head Coach Paris Hillard. She will be entering in the fall to study Mathematics with a minor in Secondary Education. As a two-sport stand-out athlete, Johnson has been awarded over 30 medals.  Press Release

Senior Ben Fisher Presents Roeper TEDx

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, Roeper Senior, Ben Fisher, presented Roeper TEDx. It was the culmination of a year-long senior project and included five speakers who attended Roeper and volunteered their time to share their ideas.  The speakers were Richard R. Murray, the founder of Chicago-based firm Equity Schools and inventor of Nonlinear Funding; Zachary R. Wood, Williams College student and president of Uncomfortable Learning; Patrick O'Connor, college counselor, author and past president of the National Association for College Admission; Liana Trimble, forensics and slam poetry coach and Aaron Egan, professional chef, food writer and food historian.   Press Release     Roeper Record


Simon Roennecke signes Letter of Intent with U of Notre Dame

On February 1, Roeper Senior, Simon Roennecke, a resident of Pleasant Ridge and son of Patricia Ignatius and Werner Roennecke signed a National Letter of Intent to pay soccer for the University of Notre Dame where he will be attendig the College of Arts and Letters this fall. More...

Brian Stevenson Keynote Speaker and Awardee at Roeper Gala

At the Roeper 75th Anniversary Gala & Golden Apple Awards Ceremony, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, lawyer, and best-selling author, Bryan Stevenson, was the keynote speaker and Golden Apple Awardee. Mr Stevenson has devoted his legal career to challenging bias against the poor, minorities, and children in the criminal justice system. This was a rare opportunity for the Roeper community and especially its older students to see how one person can make a difference. Also honored with  Golden Apple Awards were Shamayim "Mama Shu" Harris, Sally Booth and Rudy Simons.         Press Release           Clickon Detroit article 

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists!

Left to Right: Jonathon Borja, Kyler Cousins, David Degazio, Rishabh Iyer, Cameron Johnson

Roeper School Student to Present White Paper at The White House


Roeper Senior, Nathaniel Lee, was chosen last year to participate with nine other students nationwide to be a part of the National C-STEM Youth Commission, a service learning program developed by C-STEM Teacher & Student Support Services in Houston. This student group is presenting the results of their research in a white paper at The White House and to the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference this week in Washington, DC. Full Press Release


Roeper School Honors 75th Anniversary with Celebratory Website

Bloomfield Hills, MI- The Roeper School has launched its 75th Anniversary Website featuring the school’s unique history, founded in part as a reaction to George and Annemarie Roeper’s experiences in Nazi Germany; the commemorative events planned throughout the year; and alumni profiles. The school is honoring the extraordinary legacy of George and Annemarie Roeper, who developed and instituted a model for education that encourages compassion, creativity, joyfulness, and connection. See Full Press Release

Isabel Ivanescu and Andy Reed Win National Merit Scholarships

The Roeper School is proud to announce that Isabel Ivanescu and Andy Reed are National Merit Scholarship winners. Both students are leaders who strongly exemplify the school philosophy, especially two of its core tenets – “to make equal human rights for all people a priority” and “to commit to justice rather than power”. Isabel and Andy are young adults who have shown much more than excellence in academics.  See Press Release

Roeper Again Teaches Lifesaving Swimming Lessons to Underserved

On August 15th, The Roeper School will be holding its weeklong swimming program for children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to swim. African American and Hispanic/Latino children are two to three times more likely to drown than Caucasian children. Nearly 600 children have been served by Roeper since 2010 when it became a local partner of the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash program. Roeper is one of only four Make A Splash programs in Michigan. This year Roeper was again one of the 50 applicants out of over 150 to receive a 2016 USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash grant of $5,000. See more.


Birmingham, Michigan- On April 13, Roeper Senior, Akwia Tilton, a Southfield resident and the daughter of Milo and Ruth Tilton, will sign a Letter of Intent to join The College of Wooster as a member of both its track and basketball teams.  She is a recipient of the Wooster Dean Scholarship and the Clarence Beecher Allen Scholarship.  Tilton plans to major in Communications and to minor in Journalism at Wooster. 

As a member of The Roeper School’s track team Tilton’s accomplishments include being named MIAC League MVP as well as placing at the MHSAA State Finals meet in the 100m, 200m, and long jump for the last three years. Tilton missed being crowned the State Champion in long jump by just a quarter of an inch in 2015. She holds the school’s record for 200m dash at 26.3 seconds 400m run at 1:01.3 as well as in long jump with a leap of 17’10 3/4”.  Ed Sack, Athletic Director, and Ernie Righetti, retired Athletic Director, have been Tilton’s track coaches at Roeper throughout her career. 

Tilton recently completed her basketball career at Roeper receiving honors from the MIAC- First Team All-Conference, BCAM- Honorable Mention All-State, Detroit News- Honorable Mention All-Area, and Detroit Free Press- Honorable Mention All-Area.  She is an All-Academic MIAC Basketball and Volleyball recipient. Additionally, Tilton has been an 8 year member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Youth Ensembles as a violinist, has been a 3 year volunteer for ‘Summer in the City’ helping revitalize Detroit, and an active member of Roeper’s Student Diversity Advisory Committee.

Small School, Big Chess Team!

A formal chess program was started at Roeper’s Lower School by parent Diallo Smith six years ago with six children. It has grown to 45 students, which is nearly 20% of the K – 5 student body! Three years ago, when two of the original six players moved up to the Middle School, the program moved with them. There are now 10 students playing on the Middle School team with three coaches: Bryan Wilson and faculty members Ellen Hoppe and Patrick Ratliff.

Ellen commented, “They are dedicated players; they work together and mentor each other. They are a cohesive team; they back each other up and support each other at tournaments, demonstrate leadership and sportsmanship.  Beginning at a young age, they learn to comfortably advocate for themselves, take on challenges, problem solve, and develop individual style.”  

Read about their great successes so far this year!

2016 Roeper National Merit Finalists Isabel Ivanescu and Andy Reed

Roeper’s 2016 National Merit Scholarship finalists are leaders who strongly exemplify the school philosophy, especially two of its core tenets “to make equal human rights for all people a priority” and “to commit to justice rather than power”. Isabel Ivanescu and Andy Reed are young adults who have shown much more than excellence in academics. Continue to full Press Release

MLK Annual Event 2016

On Monday, January 18, 2016, The Roeper School, a co-educational day school for gifted children, will honor and celebrate the ideals and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in its annual MLK family event. MLK 2016  Press Release

Roeper Inducts Three into Athletic Hall of Fame

The Roeper School will induct three individuals who have made a lasting impact on the Roeper Athletic program into The Roeper School Athletic Hall of Fame. Inductees include sports writer and Roeper alumnus Scott Burnstein ‘95, referee assigner Pat Hayes, and publisher of Student Achievement Media Robert McClain.  Read more.

Junior Nathaniel Lee Selected for National STEM Youth Commission

Roeper School Junior, Nathaniel Lee, was one of ten students chosen nationwide to be a part of the National C-STEM Youth Commission, a service learning program developed by C-STEM Teacher & Student Support Services, headquartered in Houston, Texas.    Press Release

Roeper Given NAGC Global Awareness Annemarie Roeper Award

This award is given each year by an interest group within the National Association of Gifted Children called the Global Awareness Network which was founded by Annemarie Roeper and her colleagues in gifted education. See Press Release.

Roeper Exhibits Ofrenda at DIA

Roeper Stage IV,s ofrenda in honor of the Monarch Butterflies was accepted for inclusion in the 2015 DIA exhibit in partnership with the Mexican Consulate in Detroit. Roeper Record Post   Press Release

Gloster Family Endowment

The Roeper Endowment for the Arts has been established by Michael Gloster, Jeremy Gloster (2011) and Liam Gloster (2014) in memory of Anne Denning-Gloster. Anne strongly embraced the Roeper philosophy and cherished the positive influence the school had on her sons, especially in the arts. It is the family’s vision that the endowment will reinvigorate a community focus on the arts and serve as an active sponsor and advocate for those seeking new creative possibilities through Roeper.
The endowment will specifically support six artistic disciplines including the visual arts, music, dance, photography, literature and film. As Michael Gloster said, “It’s our hope the endowment will assist students in developing individual expression through the arts as a life-long experience.”
Continue reading:  Press Release

Roeper's Home Field at Last with Ultimate Soccer

The Roeper School has recently entered into a long-term relationship with Ultimate Soccer Arenas LLC (“USA”) located in Pontiac, Michigan.  USA will serve as the Roeper School’s home athletic field beginning Fall 2015. The agreement with USA is a strategic investment for the Roeper School that addresses a long-term need in an immediate manner and comes at a great time following its State Soccer Championship win last fall.  As a member of the USA organization, the Roeper School will have access to its own home field and branding opportunities. Read more..


L. to R.  Ivana Thomas, TT McGrane, Anjali Sharma; Noah French; Lily Stafeil 

Bloomfield Hills, MI, May 28, 2015 - Roeper Stage III classes (grades 2 and 3) will be presenting art work to Bottomless Toy Chest founder and executive director, Mickey Guisewite at a June 3, 2015 art opening. Each of the 73 students created an 8”X 8” acrylic canvas painting which will be installed at the organization’s warehouse in Troy.
In discussions with Roeper art teacher Mary McGeehan and their homeroom teachers, the children were happy to envision, paint and donate a piece of their art work. Some pieces feature toys, while others include books, trees and art supplies.

See full Press Release.

Roeper Designated ‘Mix It Up’ Model School by the Southern Poverty Law Center

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program has named The Roeper School as a Mix It Up Model School for its exemplary efforts to foster respect and understanding among its students and throughout its campuses during the 2014-15 school year. Roeper is among 104 schools to receive this honor out of over 3,500 schools that registered. 

“We are delighted to recognize The Roeper School, said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello. “Mix It Up Model Schools have found innovative ways to create school environments where respect and inclusiveness are core values. They all serve as great examples of how a school—any school—can cultivate these values among their students, faculty and staff.”     SEE FULL PRESS RELEASE


A Roast and Toast retirement celebration feting retiring Roeper Athletic Director, Ernie Righetti and his 33 years at the school as Athletic Director teacher, coach, mentor and friend was held Friday, April 17th in the Community Center athletic facility. It was fitting that the event was there because it was due in large part to Ernie’s persistent encouragement and leadership that his dream of building Roeper’s excellent athletic facility came to fruition. Continue -

Roeper Chess Team Continues to Succeed!

The Roeper Chess Team had a very successful showing at the 2015 Michigan Jr. High State Team Championship on Saturday. In our second year of competing at the State Jr. High level, Roeper teams took 2nd and 3rd place in the K-8 Championship division! The Lower School team, comprised of Stage IV students: Nathan Ouyang, Aiden Song, Bryce Bottesi and Aristide Gardette took 2nd place. Our Middle School Team, comprised of: 7th graders, Blake Bottesi and Josiah Smith and 6th graders Kayden Pierre and Zion Johnson, took 3rd place. They played five rounds against opponents primarily in the 7th, 8th and 9th grade! See details on the Roeper Record.

Bia Cassano National Merit Scholar Finalist

Bia Cassano, a senior at The Roeper School, a co-educational day school for gifted children, was recently named award finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Bia is the daughter of Graham Cassano and Rosalind Hartigan of Pontiac. “Bia has worked hard for this achievement and we are very proud of her,” said David Feldman, Roeper Head of School.

Roeper Soccer Team Scores High on GPA!

Winning a State Championship in soccer was a first for our school in its 75 year history.  The young men on the team recently proved that they spent as much time hitting the books as they did honing their soccer skills.  The Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association awards seniors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher academic all state status.  All ten of Roeper’s seniors will be receiving this award but even more impressive is the team GPA.

The MHSSCA awards academic all state certificates to those teams reaching a team GPA of 3.3 or higher.  This year Roeper's championship team posted a 3.91 team GPA for its twenty member squad.  That score is the highest in the sport on record in the state of Michigan.  Congratulations to the boys for representing our school so well on the field and in the classroom.    

Submitted by Ed Sack

Congratulations to Laurel Robinson and Cameron Johnson!

Two Upper School students performed at the MSBOA High School District Solo & Ensemble Festival last  weekend.  Laurel Robinson, performing a violin solo, and Cameron Johnson, performing a clarinet solo, earned highest possible 1st Division ratings and will go on to perform at the State level in March.  For the State Festival, they will be performing a solo as well as showing their ability to do scales and sight-reading. At that point, they could be selected to perform at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in May.  Instrumental music teacher  Eric Ambrose, is very proud of these fine young musicians!

Congratulations to Jacob Scholl Robotics MVP

Congratulations to Roeper Junior, Jacob Scholl, who was one of twenty-three students from the 600 participating in the 15th season of the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association who were named to the the 2014 All-County MVP Robotics Team. This team is made up of the most valuable players on high school teams from throughout the county.

Winter After School Enrichment Classes

Our very popular After School Enrichment Classes will be starting in January. There will be something for all interests. The registration website information will be emailed to you on January 5th. Go to the Roeper Record to see the Brochure and Grid which describe all the classes and have all the needed details.


Congratulations to the seventeen members of Roeper Model United Nations who participated in the 41st Great Lakes Invitational Model United Nations (GLIMUN) conference in Kalamazoo earlier in the month.  Junior Isabel Ivanescu received a Best Delegate Award for her work representing China in the Disarmament and International Security Committee.  Senior Michael Deneroff and junior David Baron-Vega were both awarded Honorable Mention for their representation of China in the Security Council and Legal Committee, respectively.

Senior Aaron Baker representing Turkey was one of five of the 300 conference delegates selected to give a keynote speech.  Baker was also one of three Roeper delegates chosen as Major Speakers to address the General Assembly, as were China delegates Isabel Ivanescu and David Baron-Vega.

L. to R.: Michael Deneroff, Isabel Ivanescu, David Baron-Vaga

L. to R.: Michael Deneroff, Isabel Ivanescu, David Baron-Vega.

See entire article with picture of group here.   

Empty Bowls Event a Great Success!

Roeper School hosted its eleventh biennial Empty Bowls event in the Community Center at the Bloomfield Hills campus on Thursday, December 4th.  This year’s event continued a tradition started four years ago when we hosted the first Roeper Empty Bowls Ice Cream Social, made possible this year by the generosity of Treat Dreams of Ferndale.  The bowls were all made by Stage IV students and staff members in keeping with this year’s theme- “give your bowl a message.” The event was the culmination of a unit of study which focused on the issue of food justice in today’s world. The $2,043.52 raised so far will be used to benefit The Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Thanks to Jarie Ruddy for organizing this amazing event! CLICK for more information and photos.

Selected for Michigan All State Orchestra!

Roeper 7th grader, Tristan Wilson has been selected for the Michigan All State Orchestra!  Tristan is one of 32 middle school violinists state wide to be selected.  For the audition, each student was responsible to prepare a selected piece of music and scales, and then play sight-reading, which is where they play something they've never seen before with just one minute of silent practice.  The auditions were recorded and judged blindly to ensure no bias in the outcome.

Congratulations - We are so proud of you, Tristan!


The Roeper School is proud to be hosting its eleventh biennial Empty Bowls event in the Community Center at the Bloomfield Hills campus on Thursday, December 4th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  With an expected turn out of over 300 students, teachers, and parents, the school hopes to add to the continuing success of the international Empty Bowls program.  This year’s event will continue a tradition started four years ago when we hosted the first Roeper Empty Bowls Ice Cream Social, made possible this year by the generosity of Treat Dreams of Ferndale. Proceeds will be used to benefit The Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Click for whole article.

Observer/Eccentric Article About Roeper Soccer Title

Roeper Nation Basks in Historic State Championship written by Marty Budner  (The Michael Williams he writes about is really Michael Matthews!)

   Three days after winning the boys soccer state championship, Birmingham Roeper head coach Ed Sack was still fielding congratulatory correspondence from across the country.
   Whether email notes from Washington, D.C., Texas or California, text messages from near and far or merely word of mouth around the school, Sack is accepting it all with an ear-to-ear smile and a proud sense of accomplishment.
   It certainly is a euphoric state around the hallowed halls of Roeper High School these days.
Link to rest of article.

Upper School Students Attend MUN in Germany!

Nine Roeper upper school students and two directors (Mike Ruddy and Ed Bergonzi) attended the seventh Model United Nations of Goldberg 2014 Conference (MUNOG’14) in Sindelfingen, Germany from Friday, October 17 through Tuesday, October 21.  Roeper was the only school attending from North America, sending three of the fifty-seven delegations from twenty-six schools and seventeen countries all over the world including Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine, England, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Denmark, Luxemburg, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Poland, and Germany. Congratulations to Shawn Anderson, Aaron Baker, Courtney Fox, Isabelle Ivanescu, Max Labe, Joanne Ogandipe, Alexander Raveanne, Sophia Savas, and Kamaria Wilson for representing Roeper in the world community! Click here for the whole story.

Division 4 boys soccer state finals: Simon Roennecke's four goals lead Birmingham Roeper to elusive state title

Click here to read the MLive 11/1/2014 Article.

Roeper soccer team upends Covenant Christian 4-2 in D-4 final to claim school's first state title

Click here to read the C and G News (Eagle) 11/2/2014 Article.

Roennecke Rallies Roeper to D4 Title

Click here to read the 2nd Half by MHSAA 11/1/2014 Article.

Whipple leads Roeper into state championship game

Click here to read the Hometown Life 11/2/2014 Article.

Riders storm to D4 final

Click here to read the Student & Athlete 10/30/14 Article

Roeper, Whipple whip Harbor Beach in D-4 semifinal, 6-0

Click here to read the Hometown Life 10/30/14 Article

Max Whipple scored four goals with one assist to lead Birmingham Roeper to Division 4 boys soccer state finals

Click here to read the MLive 10/30/14 Article

Whipple hoping to end historic career at Roeper with a state title, county scoring record

Click here to read the MI Prep Zone Article 10/30/14

Roeper Theatre Company Presents The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden is a “coming of age” musical based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The musical's book and lyrics are by Marsha Norman, with music by Lucy Simon. 
The story, set in the early 20th century, focuses on Mary Lennox, a spoiled young English girl born in India.  When she is orphaned by a cholera outbreak, she is sent from India to Yorkshire, England, to live with relatives whom she has never met.  Haunted by the voices of lost loved ones and her own solitude, she eventually finds a secret garden. Through her discovery and recovery of this abandoned garden, Mary brings life, joy, and healing to everyone around her.
This will be the season opener for The Roeper Theatre Company’s literature based season, which will include The Great Gatsby and Oliver!
            Show dates: Nov 7, 8, 14, and 15 at 8pm and Nov 9 and 16 at 2pm.
            TICKETS or call 248-203-7933 or email

1st Place People's Choice Award goes to...

The 1st Place People's Choice Award at the Lawrence Technical University's Halloween Robot Parade goes to...  Lilly Richards and Maya McEntyre!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Lilly Richards and Maya McEntyre

Our robot, The Garden of Hideous Delights, follows a black line on a white tabletop by reading the different light values with its light sensor. Using its ultrasonic sensor, it also stops when there is another robot in front of it, and then resumes running when there is room. On the green, grassy, surface of the trailer sits a monster box whose eyes flash green while rapidly gnashing its teeth. On either side of this lie numerous pumpkins. Behind the box a ghastly zombie head is on top of a barren, black tree. Two ghosts are opposite it, swaying with the movement of the robot. Surrounding the whole trailer is a brown picket fence, and even the backboard has five spooky murals on it. This is our first robot, and this event was a great opportunity to learn lots about robots and programming, and at the same time be creative and get into the Halloween spirit! - Written and submitted by Lilly Richards

 Garden of Hideous Delights

Roeper/Dutch Student Exchange Next March

8th - 12th Grade Students are invited to participate in the 2015 American/Dutch Exchange Program in March! Students and Host Families are encouraged to participate in this meaningful exchange which began in 2010 with a visit of 11 faculty members from Olympus College, Arnhem, The Netherlands. They were gathering ideas for starting a school for gifted high school students and wanted ideas from Roeper. From that, a partnership developed between our schools and the student Exchange Program was begun. 
                   Dutch Visit Roeper: March 20 - 28, 2015
                   Roeper Visits Dutch: March 28 - April 5, 2015
If you are interested in applying, hosting a student or learning more about the exchange, please contact Tessa Stein at

Regional Soccer Champs Going on to State Finals!

The Roeper Roughriders Varsity Soccer team defeated University Liggett 3 - 1 on Saturday, October 25th in overtime, to claim the Regional title.
Next Stop - State Semi Finals Wednesday, October 29th
Roeper vs. Harbor Beach High School

Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club to Recognize Roeper Students

Three juniors from The Roeper School will be recognized for their unique community involvement, creativity, and leadership at the annual Youth Appreciation Day Breakfast on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:10 a.m. at the Marriot Center Pointe in Auburn Hills.  The Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club hosts this annual breakfast.

The students being recognized are Calvin Lind, son of Steve and Elise Lind of Ortonville; Jake Flynn, son of David and Kris Flynn of Troy; and Laurel Robinson, daughter of Barry and Renee Robinson of Sterling Heights.  Students from other local school will also be honored at this breakfast. 

Roeper students announced in the 2015 National Merit & National Achievement Scholarship Programs

Three Roeper seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program and one senior has been recognized by the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Bia Cassano, has been selected as a Semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship Award; Kyle Booth, and Michael Deneroff have been selected as Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program and Adam Alpert has been selected as a National Achievement Outstanding Participant. Continue reading...


The Roeper School is pleased to announce the appointment of Leslie Hosey, Ph.D., L.P., as the new Director of the Lower School, effective July 1, 2014.  With over 20 years of experience in the field of education, Leslie is currently a School and Clinical Psychologist in the Waterford School District, where she develops differentiated instructional strategies at the elementary and secondary levels, develops and assists with the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, is a member of the Staff Development committee, and participates in school improvement planning and data evaluation.  Leslie has also worked as a Clinical Psychologist in a private clinical setting and has served on the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Detroit, Mercy.

La Tressa Newberry Named Gates Scholar 2014

La Tressa C. Newberry, resident of Southfield and a senior at The Roeper School, was named a Gates Millennium Scholar (GMS) for the Class of 2014. Out of more than 52,000 applicants, La Tressa was selected as one of only 1,000 students awarded a scholarship this year. In the fall, she plans to attend Howard University to study Biology.

Roeper Receives Annual Gift from the Oakie Charitable Foundation

Roeper Summer Stock Theatre is pleased to announce a $5,000.00 annual gift in support of tuition scholarships from The Jack Oakie & Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation.  To date, Roeper has received $20,000 from the foundation in support of student scholarships.  Under the direction of Mitch Masters and Dan Greig, Roeper Summer Stock Theatre will open its 13th season this summer.  Campers 4-years-old through twelfth grade will have fun singing, dancing and acting as they prepare for their showcase performances.  Continue Reading...


The Roeper School is pleased to announce that on March 18, 2014, Ela Stein Weissberger, Holocaust Survivor and original cast member of the children’s opera Brundibár, will speak to Middle School students about the role that music and art had on her survival in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp.  This will take place at 1:00pm at The Roeper School’s Birmingham campus located at 1051 Oakland Ave., Birmingham, MI.  This event is not open to the public.  The media is invited to attend.  Continue reading...

Roeper Senior Receives Community Service Award

Senior, Rachel Stamler-Jonas, has been named a Distinguished Finalist by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for her impressive community service activities.  Congratulations, Rachel!  We are so proud of you.  The full press release can be read here.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. All public and private middle level and high schools in the country, as well as all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award. These Local Honorees were then reviewed by an independent judging panel, which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists based on criteria including personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.

Roeper Scholarship Program

The Roeper School is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for economically disadvantaged, gifted students entering ninth (9th) grade for the 2014-2015 school year. 

Gifted students are those who often perform (or show such potential) at a level much beyond that of others of the same age, experience or environment.  These students are highly capable in the intellectual, creative, and/or artistic areas, possess an unusual leadership capacity, or excel in specific academic areas.  They require services and/or activities that are often beyond the scope of their schools.  Continue Reading...

Screening of Sundance Award-Winning Film, American Promise

In the U.S. today, African American students across all income levels score an average of twenty-five points lower than their white counterparts on standardized tests.  This is known as the racial achievement gap.  The group that suffers most from this debilitating phenomenon is African-American males.  Unfortunately, the racial achievement gap is just the beginning of lifelong inequality.  Continue Reading...

Roeper Names New Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund

The Roeper School names Adam Smock as the newly appointed Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund.  His responsibilities will include coordinating and managing the communications and ongoing relationship between the school and its alumni as well as the schools Annual Fund activities.  Mr. Smock follows Emery Pence, who has taken his considerable teaching skills back to the classroom.  Continue reading...

Roeper's 9th Annual Diversity/Amnesty Film Series

The Roeper School is proud to announce the ninth season of its Amnesty/Diversity Film Series. The series, which begins on September 21, with a presentation of “Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football”, will continue its focus on bringing to the community a variety of films intended to raise awareness of issues related to diversity in today’s world.  Continue Reading...

Make A Splash at Roeper featured on WDIV

WDIV aired a story about Make A Splash at Roeper on August 21, 2013.  Check it out!

Roeper Announces New Board of Trustee Members

The Roeper School is pleased to announce that Francesca Bennett, Jonathan Citrin, Steven Grekin, Christine Lyon and Fiona Ruddy have been elected to the Roeper Board of Trustees with terms commencing July 1, 2013.  Continue Reading...

Roeper students place 5th in nation at Forensics competition

Two seniors at The Roeper School, Tom Allen of Detroit and Aaron Bernard of Birmingham, placed 5th in the Nation at the National Catholic Forensic League - Grand National Tournament held in Philadelphia May 25-26, 2013.  Continue Reading...

Roeper Summer Stock Theatre Receives Annual Gift

Roeper Summer Stock Theatre is pleased to announce a $5,000.00 annual gift in support of full-tuition scholarships from The Jack Oakie & Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation.  Under the direction of Mitch Masters and Dan Greig, Roeper Summer Stock Theatre will open its 12th season this summer.  Continue reading...

Lower School student art on display at Baldwin Library

Art created by students from The Roeper Lower School will be featured in a display at the Baldwin Public Library in downtown Birmingham from April 15-May 15. The art can be seen in the children’s room at the library and will include drawings, paintings, prints, collages, puppets, and masks created by students ranging from pre-school through fifth grade during the current academic year.

Roeper Receives Generous Grant from USA Swimming Foundation

The USA Swimming Foundation awarded The Roeper School a grant for $10,500 in support of the Make A Splash At Roeper program.  The Roeper program began in 2010 is one of only four Make A Splash programs in Michigan.  Since 2010 Make A Splash At Roeper has taught nearly 300 students. This year’s Make A Splash At Roeper program will run August 19 -23, 2013.  Continue Reading...

Kristin Clark Taylor '76 speaks with Roeper students

Kristin Clark Taylor, a former senior White House advisor, corporate public relations executive, journalist, author, lecturer, consultant and ’76 Roeper Alumna, visited The Roeper School on April 12, 2013.   Kristin spoke with students and shared memories of Roeper, various experiences in her career, and encouraged students not to be afraid to take a leap of faith when confronting choices. Continue Reading...

Gene Batiste to speak at The Roeper School

The Roeper School is please to host nationally revered speaker, Gene Batiste, on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Roeper Community Center (41190 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills).  A reception will be held prior to the presentation at 6:30pm.  Gene Batiste is the Vice President for School Field Services & Equity and Justice Initiatives at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).  Batiste will present, “Affinity Group Work: Benefits and Challenges for an Independent School Community.”  The event is free of charge and the public is invited to attend.  Childcare is available.  Please RSVP to  Continue Reading...

2012 Roeper Yearbook Receives Best Page Spread Award

Balfour Publishing has chosen one of the Roeper 2012 Yearbook pages as one of the best page spreads!  While Roeper has received many honorable mentions over the past 20 years, this is the first time Roeper has been chosen as the best and has been featured in the 2012 Yearbook Yearbook.  This publication showcases a variety of what the publishing company considers to be the best in various categories.  The 2012 Yearbook editors were Ben Kochanowski and Jordan Veillette.  Claire Dennis came up with the idea and completed the design work for the spread.  Linda Vernon serves as the Yearbook Advisor. 

Colleen Potocki appointed new Roeper Middle School Director

The Roeper School is pleased to announce the appointment of Colleen Potocki as the new Director of the Middle School, effective July 1, 2013.  Colleen is currently a Middle School English teacher at The Roeper School, a Special Lecturer at Oakland University, and the Co-Director and Co-Founder of HomeRoom Learning.  Continue Reading...  

Roeper's Jarie Ruddy and Sue Williams honored as Diversity Champions

Jarie Ruddy and Sue Williams are being honored by The Race Relations Diversity Task Force as two of this years Diversity Champions.  To read the full story....

Ernie Righetti Honored by State Athletic Directors as Regional Athletic Director of the Year

Michigan’s professional organization of school athletic directors, the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA), has selected Ernie Righetti of The Roeper High School as regional Athletic Director of the Year.  One of only fourteen administrators state wide to be honored by the MIAAA, Righetti was presented the award in Traverse City on March 18, 2013 at the annual MIAAA Mid-Winter Conference in which over 500 athletic directors participate.  Continue Reading...

Hollywood's Michelle Williams Praises Roeper During 'Oz' Filming

She may have been only been here for about six months, but actress Michelle Williams said that was long enough for the Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills to leave a lasting impression.
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Carter Sims Featured in Downtown Publications

Model, rapper and clothing designer Carter (Cartier) Sims began appearing in American Eagle Outfitters stores after he was selected as a "Live Your Life" profile subject last year. The Roeper graduate and Syracuse junior was speechless when he traveled to New York City and saw his face high on a billboard in Times Square. Click Here for Full Story

Roughriders Win Basketball District Opener

House's 27 leads Birmingham Roeper past Auburn Hills Christian , 60-45. Click Here for Full Story

Roeper Alumnus Bianca Barton named GLVC Player of the Week

Kentucky Wesleyan's Bianca Barton is the Great Lakes Valley Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week, it was announced by the league office on Monday. The senior guard helped pace the Panthers to their first GLVC East Division title in program history last week. Click Here for Full Story

Roeper's David Veillette Signs National Letter of Intent

The Roeper School is proud to announce that senior, David Veillette of Lake Orion, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer for Lawrence Tech University (LTU) in Southfield, Michigan.  David began playing soccer at age three.  He has played for Roeper since he was four and has played for the Force since he was eight.  David started on the Roeper Varsity Soccer team all four years of high school and was the team co-captain this year.

Our Lady of the Lakes Survives Scare Against Roeper

It’s a good thing basketball is played inside, because the Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes girls basketball team and its supporters would’ve added to the cold wind chill outside with the huge sigh of relief they blew on Friday night. Click Here for Full Story


Congratulations to the twenty two members of Roeper Model United Nations who participated in the Model United Nations of the University of Chicago from February 7-10, 2013.  Roeper students represented the Republic of Turkey on ten different United Nations committees and Brazil, North Korea, and Office of Disarmament Affairs on three other crisis committees at the 2500 student conference. 


On Saturday, February 2, 2013, the Roeper Chess team won multiple awards at the Michigan Scholastic Team Championship Chess State Tournament.  The K-3 Championship team won 1st place and was named State Champs.  The K-5 Championship team finished 2nd in the state.  Two of the K-5 Reserve teams received trophies for 5th and 7th in the state. 


The Roeper School’s annual MOSAIC Auction has been scheduled for Saturday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC).  The auction theme, “¡Viva Roeper!,” promises a fun evening.  This year’s auction will include great items to bid on such as tickets to The Late Show with David Letterman, an “instant wine cellar” complete with over 30 bottles of premium wine, a Chicago getaway, a two-night stay at the Hotel LeBristol in Paris, France, and Disney Park Hopper passes to name a few.

Generous Donation Funds Birmingham Campus Renovations

“A remarkable act of generosity realizes a transformative future for the Birmingham Campus,” is how Head of School David Feldman describes the recent donation of $451,000 from an anonymous donor to fully fund The Roeper School – Birmingham Campus/Beautification project.

Roeper Elementary Students Donate to Michigan Humane Society

Second and third grade students at Roeper continued their tradition of turning what many consider trash into treasure by opening a recycling/reusing gift store.  The store was only open for four days, but the students made $2,435.23 and chose the Michigan Humane Society to be the recipient. 

Roeper Inducts Athletes to Hall of Fame

The Roeper School inducted two new members to the Roeper Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, December 21, 2012. The Roeper Athletic Hall of Fame was established in the mid-eighties as a means of honoring individuals who have made a lasting impact on the Roeper Athletic program. Inductees are chosen periodically by the Athletic Department in recognition of outstanding athletic accomplishments and/or contributions.

Roeper's Blankenburg and Murray Sign National Letters of Intent

The Roeper School is proud to announce that two seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to play college sports.  Alexandra Blankenburg, daughter of Bob and Dee Blankenburg of Rochester, has signed with the Vanderbilt University swim team and Jack Murray, son of Stephen and Chi-Ying Murray of Beverly Hills, has signed with the University of North Carolina men’s tennis team.

Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program

Lisa Baker, Upper School Director at The Roeper School, announced today that Catherine Galligan and Samantha Heiman have been named Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.  A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, have been presented to these scholastically talented seniors.

Detroit Performer Mike Ellison Helps Roeper Students Plan Diversity Day

The students and staff at Birmingham's Roeper School will be celebrating their annual Diversity Day with a little help from a big name this year. Actor, songwriter, poet and Detroit-based performer Mike Ellison has been working all year with various staff members and 19 students at the Roeper Upper School to plan the 2012 Diversity Day, to be held all day today at the school's Birmingham campus.
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“The False Prince” receives RoughReader Award!

Ten Roeper third through fifth graders in an after school enrichment class have chosen the book, “The False Prince,” by Jennifer A. Nielsen as the recipient of the RoughReader Award.  This group was responsible for reading, reviewing and discussing nine currently popular books for kids during a ten week period.  During the final "committee meeting," each book was discussed thoroughly, considering pros and cons and how well it fit the award criteria that the students defined at the start of the course. After the discussions, the kids voted for their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice picks. Following the point-system used by the real Newbery committee, the votes were tallied and the clear winner was “The False Prince.” The kids also chose to name “Wonder” and “The One and Only Ivan” as Honor books.  The RoughReader Award was modeled after the Newbery Medal award.  Students chose the name based on the school’s mascot the Roughrider. 

Roeper Lower School Chess Team Wins State Championship

The Roeper K-3 Chess Team took first place (Co-champions) at the 2012 Michigan Scholastic Club Championship on Saturday, November 17, 2012 in Lansing, Michigan.  Roeper’s K-5 Chess Team took third place. 

Roeper Fills Empty Bowls

The Roeper School will be hosting its tenth Empty Bowls event on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.  With an expected turn out of over 300 students, teachers and parents, the school hopes to again add to the continuing success of the national Empty Bowls program.  This year we will continue to benefit Lighthouse Services of Oakland County

Roeper Alumnus David Lauer Helps Bring Cheer and Hot Meals to Sandy Victims in Staten Island

In a Staten Island neighborhood that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, many survivors are still homeless or without heat and electricity, but they've been eating well. Chicken parmesan subs, mac and cheese, baked ziti and roasted red pepper soup.  While it sounds like a restaurant menu, these are just a few of the items that have been served from an outdoor kitchen on Brighton Street in Staten Island by two volunteers with Movement for Peace. 
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Roeper Students Excel at Model United Nations Conference in Germany

Ten high school students and two directors from The Roeper School attended the fifth Model United Nations of Goldberg 2012 Conference (MUNOG’12) at the Goldberg Gymnasium in Sindelfingen, Germany from Friday, October 19 through Tuesday, October 23, 2012.  Fifty-five delegations from twenty-four schools and sixteen countries all over the world including India, Russia, Taiwan, England, France, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Denmark, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, and Germany participated in the conference.  Roeper was the only school attending from North America. 

Roeper Theater Company to stage the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Roeper Theater Company will stage the musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at The Roeper School’s Birmingham campus from November 2 through 10, 2012.  In this musical comedy, six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

Bloomfield Optimist Club Recognizes Roeper Students

Three juniors from The Roeper School will be recognized for their unique community involvement, creativity and leadership at the annual Youth Appreciation Day Breakfast on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 7:15 a.m. at the Center Point Marriott in Auburn Hills.  Read more...

Roeper Varsity Boys Soccer Clips Liggett

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Alexandra Blankenburg named to USA Swimming's Scholastic All American Team for second time

Alexandra Blankenburg, Rochester resident and senior at The Roeper School, has been named to the USA Swimming’s Scholastic All-America Team for the second year in a row. The Scholastic All-America Team is made up of high school student-athletes who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and who have achieved the required time standard in a single event.  Read more...

Roeper Students Selected as National Merit Scholar & National Merit Achievement Scholar Semi-Finalists

Six seniors at The Roeper School have been selected as Semi-Finalists for the National Merit Scholarship Awards.  Two seniors have been selected as Semi-Finalists for the National Achievement Scholarship Awards.  Read more...

Roeper Announces 8th Amnesty/Diversity Film Series


Roeper Varsity Boys Soccer Making Noise

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Roeper Concludes 2012 Make A Splash Program


Student filmmaker bring "Blood" to the big screen in Royal Oak tonight

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Author Does Reading to Benefit Roeper School

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Southfield Girl Scout goes for the Gold

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Roeper Student Attends Women In Engineering Program


Roeper Alum Selected for Presidential Scholar at Harvard


Roeper Accepted to the Asia Society Classroom Network


Roeper student nominated for several awards at the Indie Music Channel Awards


Roeper student receives national scholarship to study language in Russia


Roeper student signs National Letter of Intent to join Virginia Commonwealth University Track Team


Roeper Attends National HS Model UN in New York


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