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Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome to Daycroft School!

We are excited that you are here to learn more about Daycroft School and how we might be a fit for your child. 

As a Montessori inspired school with over 50 years of history in Ann Arbor, our mission is to empower each child with confidence, compassion, and a lifelong love of learning.  Our natural setting on the western side of Ann Arbor is truly a magical place for children to learn, explore, and bond as friends.  We celebrate the differences in our community and recognize that this diversity enhances our students' learning experience and their understanding of the world they live in. 

Daycroft provides a personalized learning environment that appreciates individual differences, nurtures the whole child, and enables students to develop at their own pace and achieve their full potential.  Inspired by principles first developed by Maria Montessori, education at Daycroft is student-centered, not only in appreciating individual differences but also in enabling students to take significant responsibility for their learning.  The intrinsic motivation to learn in our students creates an environment where kids love coming to school and thrive when they move onto other educational settings.  Our parents report back that Daycroft students are well-prepared when they move onto their next chapter of learning due to their time management skills, their ability to self-advocate, their curiosity to learn and care for others.

It is a joy to be a part of the Daycroft community as both a leader and a parent where both my children are thriving, growing, and love going to school every morning and hate to leave at the end of the day.  I invite you to explore our website to learn more about the Daycroft Difference and why we are sought after by so many families to nurture and educate their children.

Warmest regards,



David Lee, Head of School Daycroft School, Ann Arbor, MI
David Lee, Head of School
Daycroft School,
Ann Arbor, MI


Mr. Lee started his career in the investment banking world working for Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and last as a partner at ISI Group.  After 13 years in finance, David transitioned into teaching middle school mathematics and coaching lacrosse in San Francisco.  He took on several administrative responsibilities at both of the schools he taught including acting as the 8th-grade dean and sitting on his school's retirement fund committee.   David grew up just outside of Boston and attended Williams College where he served in the student government and was a varsity athlete in both football and lacrosse.  In May 2017, he received his Masters in Independent School Leadership from The Klingenstein Center at Teachers College at Columbia University.  David and his wife Angela have two boys who both attend Daycroft School.