Cranbrook Schools are independent day and boarding schools that provide students with a challenging and comprehensive college preparatory education. We motivate students from diverse backgrounds to strive for intellectual, creative, and physical excellence, to develop a deep appreciation for the arts and different cultures, and to employ the technological tools of our modern age. Our schools seek to instill in students a strong sense of personal and social responsibility, the ability to think critically, and the competence to communicate and contribute in an increasingly global community.
Cranbrook Schools comprise a college preparatory day and boarding educational institution, early childhood through 12th grade, consisting of three divisions: a lower, middle, and an upper school. We are structured to recognize and respond to the developmental, cognitive, and creative needs of boys and girls and are dedicated to excellence in all aspects of education.
A message from Arlyce M. Seibert Director of Cranbrook Schools
Every child is unique. Parents know this. Cranbrook Schools knows it, too. That is why, since 1922, we have built an inclusive community where individuals thrive, where all personalities, perspectives, and dreams are cultivated and nurtured. We welcome motivated students of all races, backgrounds, and orientation to our school. Each of them comes here to learn, grow, and discover who they are and who they have the potential to become.
We are proud of our reputation as one of the leading college preparatory schools in the country. We are proud of the acceptances our students earn each year from the nation’s top colleges and universities. Most of all, though, we are proud of our students.
Cranbrook Schools is located on a beautiful 319-acre campus, known as one of the masterpieces of American architecture. In 1989, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark, an honor accorded only two other independent schools in the United States. Sharing the grounds with the Schools are the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Museum (1932) and the Cranbrook Institute of Science (1930), both considered preeminent in their fields. Cranbrook House, the home of our founders George and Ellen Booth, is surrounded by 40 acres of gardens, lawns, and woodlands.
Facilities and Buildings
School buildings include Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School – Cranbrook Campus and Kingswood Campus, Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls – Kingswood, Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Boys, Cranbrook Lower School Brookside, and the Vlasic Early Childhood Center. Other buildings include Lerchen Hall (the Schools’ performing arts center),Wallace Ice Arena, and the Williams Natatorium.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, Cranbrook Schools enrolled 1659 students as follows: 504 in the Lower School, 351 in the Middle Schools, and 804 in the Upper School, 255 of whom are boarders. These students came from 16 states and 20 countries, reflecting a diversity of races, ethnic origins, and religious beliefs.
The school year, from September to June, is divided into semesters in the Lower and Upper Schools and trimesters in the Middle School. The Schools observe Thanksgiving break, winter and spring vacations, and national holidays.