An independent Preschool through Grade 12 school for gifted students.

Tricia Haslinger

My Roeper Story is about finding a home with lifelong friends.

Although I don’t remember my first day of Stage II, it’s a story my mom loves to tell. As we walked into the Domes, hand in hand, she was prepping for a dramatic departure. After all, it was my first day of kindergarten and that can be a scary thing. Instead, as we got to Annette and Laura’s classroom, I turned around, blocked her from coming in, and said, “You can go home now.”

From Day 1, Roeper created an environment where I was both comfortable and confident…clearly! But also one that fostered growth, individuality, responsibility, and independence – as a member of the community, as a student and, down the line, as a self-assured person in the real world.

When I reflect upon my Roeper education, from age four through graduation, there are plenty of highlights that come to mind, both in and out of the classroom – playing capture the flag on the Big Field during P.E. with Ed; playing Black Magic in Emery’s Stage IV science class; band concerts in the Birmingham campus gym; Middle School dances in the Hill House; earning off-campus privileges in 8th grade; going to State Finals for Volleyball, and so many more. But what I value even more and my true takeaways include the humbling experience of being nominated for the Bretzlaff Scholarship by my Stage III teacher, Mary Windram; learning to be an independent and critical thinker; and meeting my lifelong friends.

A lot of my best friends from Roeper are still my close friends today – I’m lucky to be surrounded by genuinely good people who just “get it.” We’ve been with each other through it all – from climbing the Trojan Horse; to Empty Bowls in Jarie’s art class; to Gloria’s Stage IV homeroom; to the ice cube insulator challenge in 6th grade science; to dissecting frogs in Intro to Bio with Laura; to playing basketball for Ernie; to being on the newspaper or yearbook staff with Linda; to celebrating getting into college; to attending different universities; and to sticking with each other through it all and beyond.

The Roeper bond is a special thing that I am always thankful for. I could walk through the Lower School campus or the hallways of Middle & Upper School today and still feel like I’m a part of something and that I’m in a place where I belong. It’s comforting to know that the administration may change, the teachers may come and go, the buildings will get renovated, but Roeper will always be a place that I can call home.

Tricia Haslinger, Class of 2009
Lower School and Administrative Offices
41190 Woodward Ave
Bloomfield Hills MI 48304

PHONE 248 203 7300
Middle School and Upper School
1051 Oakland Avenue
Birmingham MI 48009

PHONE 248 203 7300