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Cranbrook School

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Posted May 23, 2014

Cranbrook is a great boarding school. Offers not only great education, but great faculty. My experience at Cranbrook has only been wonderful. I feel as if I am learning in a museum since I am surrounded by art or even sitting on art. We have 15 min passing periods therefore on nice days, I walk in between campuses and enjoy the gorgeous campus. We have a lake, nicely designed buildings, trees, and just so much to look at. My teachers have always been very helpful. They meet with me for hours during my free hour, after school, and even on the weekends. The lunch compared to public school lunch is delicious! It is a buffet style with salmon, chicken, desserts, soup, a salad bar, sandwich bar, I feel pretty spoiled. There are so many opportunities at Cranbrook. I would have never seen myself speaking in front of an audience of 800, a banking internship in china, and so much more. The community comes together during tough times and I like it very much. Thanks to everyone at Cranbrook for an unreal high school experience.


Posted May 19, 2014

My school is fantastic to say the least. I've learned so much here, both in the classroom and out of it. Beyond excellent academics, I've learned respect, love, and the importance of having an open mind. This school has changed my life in so many ways. I'd never have chosen to go anywhere else.


Posted May 19, 2014

Cranbrook was a truly amazing place to go to school. The grounds are spectacular, the buildings are works of art, and the faculty are nearly all great people and great teachers. I feel lucky to have gone from kindergarten through 12th grade at Cranbrook and would recommend that anyone with the means take a look at the school.


Posted May 15, 2014

You will not get the kind of incredible experience you get at Cranbrook anywhere else. It is truly one of a kind. Cranbrook accepts all kinds of kids from around the world to study together on their beautiful campus that inspires exceptional thought and creativity. The work load is heavy but the rewards are priceless. Friends of mine have gone off to study at Harvard, Vanderbilt, Duke and Yale. The teachers not only educate you, they help you succeed. Cranbrook is not your typical school, it is full of tradition, friendship, ambition and creativity. I would highly suggest attending this school, I promise that you will not find a prettier campus or a more aspiring team of faculty.


Posted February 20, 2014

I went to Cranbrook and found it to be a terrible place. I encountered some teachers who were bullies, others merely dismissive except of a few favorites. I did have two exceptional teachers while I was there, without whom I likely would have been in complete despair. I was coming to C'brook from a very non-traditional school, so the transition to a more traditional academic format was difficult. But that difficulty and non-traditional background was ridiculed by some teachers (in front of class). While I had close friends at C'brook, the majority of students tended to be self-absorbed and arrogant,. Many students went on to attend mediocre private "frat" colleges. You will often hear alumni praise C'brook nostalgically, but they simply deny the intolerance and hostility that was there. Following C'brook, I was able to achieve a good deal, but I credit that to subsequent education elsewhere. The role of educators should be to meet the student where he or she is and help that student discover a love of learning, then move that student forward to achieve. C'brook did just the opposite when I was there, and I remain grateful that I discovered a love of learning elsewhere.


Posted January 15, 2014

I have two children at cranbrook. Cranbrook teachers are passionate about educating and the children love to learn. Opportunities for leadership abound for even quiet children. Elementary school may not be as rigorous as some other private schools, but from middle school on it accelerates. The academic rigor in high school prepares them well to excel in college. Children learn by participation in small groups and this helps them voice their opinions and develop rapport which teachers and faculty which carry forward in college. Participation in the arts (music, drama, art, etc.) is mandatory and these kids see the world in a unique way. Most of all this Cranbrook works to deliver character. Respected colleges and universities see this and thus matriculation rates into ivy's and highly competitive colleges are excellent. Take a look at the alumni and you will see amazing talent, which they often credit to Cranbrook. The campus of Cranbrook is a place where natural beauty, art, and intellectual rigor intersect. Kids eventually leave Cranbrook, but it never leaves them. And this unique characteristic of Cranbrook is what makes worth the sacrifice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2013

My child attended Cranbrook schools for 14 year and recently graduated in 2012. He started at the charming lower school, Brookside. He attended the boys middle school and graduated from the upper school. The faculty and programming at all levels was exceptional. In this unique environment my child maintained connections with teachers and coaches at all levels. The classes were small. The curriculum was diverse, motivating and innovative. My child was well prepared for college. Well worth the investment in my child 's future. The schools also work in collaboration with a science institute and the art academy and museum on campus providing unique learning experiences. The historic Cranbrook community campus is beautiful. I highly recommend Cranbrook schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2013

Cranbrook is one of the best prep schools in the country. It offers an incredibly diverse and rich learning environment. The teachers were very dedicated to their students and I was well-prepared for college. It is truly an educational community that can only be appreciated by those lucky enough to have attended there.


Posted September 21, 2012

The bloom has fallen off the rose. The school, processes, and leadership need to be upgraded to the 21st century. Campus is still beautiful but they need a wake up call.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2012

I know many people who have failed to learn at this school and ended up not being successful with the whole idea of college. They are not strict enough on their students and the college counseling program isn't great. Only a few of their sports teams are good and the rest aren't very good. It is on a very big and nice campus though! Also, they are not strict on their expectations and do not contain the greatest teaching staff. It is a strange school day and the only transportation system they contain is from building to building in between classes.


Posted February 20, 2012

As a parent and educator with over 20 years in public schools, I can honestly say the Cranbrook Kingswood educational community is the BEST! Both of my children are exceptionally proud to attend CK schools. The community is very friendly and supportive. Since beginning in the (boys and girls) middle schools, my kids have grown tremendously. They display confidence, knowledge, and compassion that is a direct result of the challenging curriculum and caring relationships developed at Cranbrook. I would highly recommend this school to families who desire a quality, well-rounded educational program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2011

I saw subjectivity from staffs, molded bathrooms and rusted lockers in the halls and arrogant people. Not worth the investment.


Posted April 8, 2011

I have three children at Cranbrook - lifers as they will be affectionally known as. Cranbrook has taught my children to love learning which is a gift that they will have for all of their years. They are very attached to the teachers as well as the campus (which is like a college campus). No school is perfect but overall, this has been a great choice for our family. They have been taught math/science/etc. but also to have integrity, to include everyone when playing, to be respectful. Where will they be happy? This is an important question to ask yourself when looking at your options - for us the answer was and is clear! Education is important but also if your child feels loved and is happy, they will excel!! We feel confident that we made a great decision to send our children to Brookside/Cranbrook.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

My son just loves it there! It fosters a love of learning in children. Carnbrook creates a wonderful, creative community to support all aspects of learning and development in children/
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2010

My son Attended Cranbrook and was a member of the class of 2009. It is one of the absolute best educational opportunities in the country. The college prep curriculum is outstanding. My son took 8 AP course during his four years in highschool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

Cranbrook is simply the most beautiful, talented, friendly school I have ever known. Although the prices are steep, financial aid is available, and the cost is worth every penny. I must say, this is a school of true brilliance--it's indefinable. I am dissapointed in a previous review that has given Cranbrook a 1-star, saying that it is not a diverse and ethnicity-welcoming school. I have taken a tour at Cranbrook myself and have seen so many different yet fascinating ethicities I was truly wordless. If you are a parent who wants to give your child a Cranbrook education, you have made the right choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2008

Cranbrook Kingswood is without a doubt one of the best schools in the country. I am a high school boarding student and my roommate is Korean, one of my suite mates is Vietnamese and the other is Egyptian. There are very few schools that offer that sort of opportunity. In regards to Advanced Placement, One of mclose friends, as a sophomore, is currently taking AP Calculus AB, an option that is not nearly as available, if at all available, at public schools. Cranbrook also offers a third year of Calculus, something I have not heard of any other school offering. There are multiple AP classes in almost all subjects. I must comment that I was offended by the review, because Cranbrook has changed my life, and I owe the school so much. The reviewer did not even attend high school there, so I feel they are not qualified to criticize it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2008

In response to a previous post I must correct the writer in regards to advance placement. Upon entering the high school, all students must take a placement test. From that test, the students are then placed in the appropriate level class. For example, my son scored very high on the math section and was placed in a Junior level math class as a Freshman. He has always been advanced in math so this placement was appropriate for him. Students can also elect to take advanced classes by enrolling in Honors courses. It is up to the student to seek these challenges out, but the opportunities are there. Both of my children have had a positive experience with the school and have made many friendships with students from other countries. The small class sizes help to facilitate teacher-student relationships. You will not find that in any public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2008

I attended Kingswood Cranbrook from 8th grade through graduation. I started both of my children in pre-K and have nothing but the most enthusiastic things to say. The education is well rounded as it includes strong academics combined with strong art, music, science, P.E., and language programs, as well as incorporates the entire campus (a nathional historical landmark) in the learning process (Art museum, science museum, spectacular grounds). To address the concerns voiced by another reviewer, yes the lower grades are primarily affluent families, while the upper school has a staggering percent of subsidized students. Cranbrook is by far not 'all white' as submitted by the previous reviewer. The ethnic make up includes boarding students from around the world as well as every ethnic group represented in S.E. Michigan. Cranbrook is preparing my children to compete and co-exist in a global world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Cranbrook Kingswood is truly the epitome of an educational community! I am not a parent but I did attend Cranbrook for high school almost 10 years ago. The education and experience that Cranbrook students receive is unparalleled. I would recommend Cranbrook to any parent who is serious about their child's education.
—Submitted by a former student


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 98% 71%
African-American 1% 20%
Asian 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Hispanic 0% 5%
Multiracial 0% N/A
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  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • Mr. Kurt Godfryd
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  • NAIS

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Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
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  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Tutor(s)
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  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
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  • Field hockey
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  • Track
  • Volleyball

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  • Ceramics
  • Design
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39221 Woodward Ave
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303
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