$1.2 Million Goal

Phase II of the Designing for the Difference Capital Campaign presents a timely opportunity to “finish what we started”!

Central to our philosophy is an understanding of interdependence; we depend on each other for our growth as learners. The spaces we occupy should foster this idea. Students need spaces that enhance their academic work around research and media literacy, but they also need places to informally gather, socialize, work collaboratively on a project, have a snack, and share time together.

The recent creation of the Dennis Naas Learning Commons in the center of our building is the intersection of academic common space and social common space. It encourages the interdependent relationships we have fostered through the Lower School and hold dearly in the Middle and Upper School.

Phase II provides an extraordinary opportunity to blend form and function with intentional spaces for a much-anticipated full functioning kitchen on the Café Floor…a much-needed Faculty Lounge for our remarkable and deserving staff…a designated office for the Head of School…renovated main office areas and restroom upgrades…and SHH, the quietest study area on the Birmingham Campus!


We are proud to announce a special opportunity in honor of Roeperians that have made an incomparable impact on our community.

As one alumna noted, “May Roeper long be a school where students have a space to aspire, to learn, to challenge and to be challenged.”


Jimmy and Vi Morris

From 1959 to 1984, Jimmy and Vi Morris worked at Roeper as caretakers of the Bloomfield Hills campus and became the school’s good natured guardians. They lived in the Hill House apartment on the second floor and served as Head Cook to nearly 700 children and adults and custodian and bus driver to locales from Detroit to Flint. However, those job descriptions don’t begin to describe the emotional importance Jimmy and Vi held at the school. Jimmy passed away in 1994 and Vi in 2005, but they remain central to the memories of the Roeper students and staff who were privileged to know them.

With the generous support of Roeper Alumnus David Jaffe, ’74, Erica Peresman, and their daughters, Adela Jaffe ’09 and Mara Jaffe ’13 – along with another Roeper alumni family – $125.000 has been donated toward a 1:1 challenge match. We are now seeking to raise an additional $125,000 to complete the kitchen and to designate this much anticipated addition THE JIMMY & VI MORRIS KITCHEN.

Recognition of your support will be placed alongside a plaque honoring Jimmy and Vi in the newly constructed kitchen.

One time gifts and/or pledges over a period of three years are welcome. GIVE NOW or DOWNLOAD OUR PLEDGE CARD


Sara Elizabeth Porter – Class of 1995

In the two years since beloved 1995 Alumna Sara Porter’s untimely passing, the Roeper community continues to be lifted by her remarkable character and sense of calm and brightness. “Sara was sunshine”!

Along with her family and friends, we have a wonderful opportunity to honor Sara’s incomparable grace and contributions to the Roeper community by naming the planned Learning Center SARA’S ROOM. The goal is to join with others and raise $100,000 for this naming opportunity. The Learning Center is planned as an innovative center for fortifying academic strengths and individualized learning strategies.

Recognition of your support will be shared with the Porter family and we will list all donors in a special plaque to be placed in SARA’S ROOM.

One time gifts and/or pledges over a period of three years are welcome. GIVE NOW or DOWNLOAD OUR PLEDGE CARD


We are now ready to move forward toward the successful completion of Phase II of the Designing for the Difference Campaign – a $1.2 million investment.

What does Phase II include?

New Spaces
– Full-Function Kitchen on the lower/courtyard floor
– Quiet Study Court
– Conference Room
– Head of School Office
– Faculty and Staff Lounge

Expanded and Renovated Spaces
– Main floor Administrative Suite
– Restroom upgrades and refurbishing

Leadership Team

Co-Chair: John Sznewajs

Co-Chair: Laura Karmanos

Capital Campaign Cabinet/Phase II
David Allen | Buck Baker | Heather Carmona | David Feldman
Alana Glass ‘97 | Shannon Martin | Clay Thomas

Campaign Staff
Denita Banks-Sims | Emily Wine | Bonnie Schemm
Shani Yapa-Kimpson | David Fluent | Brian Wilmers

We know that a young student’s environment has a powerful impact upon him, upon his ability to maneuver, and upon the breadth of his notion of identity. Consequently, we think, one must see precisely a student’s spatial needs, and expect that architecture can play the role of liberator as it has never done before in education.

George A. Roeper

Our Donors

The Roeper School is pleased to acknowledge the generosity of the donors to the Designing for the Difference Capital Campaign. This listing reflects postings as of January 2018. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the listings. If an error has occurred, please accept our apologies and contact the Development and Publications Office at 248.203.7315 or, so the appropriate changes can be made to our records. Thank you.



The Designing for the Difference campaign provides our community with the opportunity to honor our past while looking to the future needs of our teachers and students. Creating an enclosed sky-lit learning commons; expanding the size, capacity and use of our library; and integrating technology throughout the newly enclosed courtyard strengthens our program and provides students on the Birmingham Campus with important spaces for inquiry, research, collaboration and social engagement.

Now, we must finish our work – now we must complete the project! The kitchen that will provide hot food and snacks to students throughout the school day; the quiet study and teacher work space that completes the collaborative work areas; and the renovated main office and administrative offices that provide current families and visitors with the professional spaces to meet and engage with the school are the remaining three puzzle pieces that make up Phase II of our Courtyard Project. These final three pieces complete the vision we constructed back when we first imagined what was possible. I hope you will join us in bringing this vision to form for our Roeper Community!

David Feldman, Head of School