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Begin Here.

To learn more about Cranbrook Schools and to be added to our mailing list, please complete the inquiry form by clicking the Request Information button. The information you provide in this form will allow us to get to know you and your interests. When you are ready to initiate a Cranbrook application, click the Apply button. Grade-specific applicant checklists can be found below.

Important Dates

January 31
Application & Financial Aid Due Date
The Admission Committee gives full consideration to all completed applications that arrive by the application deadline.

Feb 1 - Aug 31
Applying after the deadline
The Admission Committee will give due consideration to all applications submitted after the regular admission deadline. Students may be admitted if space is available.
Notification Date
Varies by division
Admission decisions will be delivered on a rolling basis beginning in February. Boarding students will be notified no later than March 10.

Early & Lower School Applicant Checklist (age 3 - grade 5)

List of 4 items.

  • Complete the Application and Parent Questionnaire

    To begin the application process, click here. If you are unable to submit the application online, you may download a printable version from the Admission Forms page and mail it to the Cranbrook Admission Office with your $50 application fee.
  • Schedule your Child's Visit & Parent Interview

    Student Visit
    As part of the admission process, we require applicants to visit our school for either small group activities or a classroom visit day. Applicants for pre-kindergarten through grade 1 will participate in a small-group simulated classroom experience. Applicants for grades 2-5 will spend a day with us in a classroom visit. Pre-kindergarten applicants are allowed one parent/guardian in the room during the visit.

    • An application must be submitted before scheduling your visits.
    • We strongly recommend that you also schedule a tour of the school (for parents only).
    Parent Interview
    The parent interview is also an important and required step in the admission process for our ECC and Lower school applicants. It gives us the chance to get to know your family better, and it gives parents the chance to tell us what makes their child so special. 

    Call (248) 645-3512 or e-mail admissionbrookside@cranbrook.edu to set up your visit and interview today. We look forward to seeing you!
  • Submit Teacher Recommendation Forms

    • Download the forms and give them to your teachers with a stamped envelope addressed to the Cranbrook Admission Office, or your teachers can complete these forms online at schools.cranbrook.edu/recs then email, fax or mail them in.
    • Teachers should submit recommendations directly to our office.
  • Submit an Official Transcript (SK - grade 5 applicants only)

    • Download the transcript release form from our Admission Forms page, and give it to your current school.
    • Your school should forward transcripts directly to our office.
    • Please send grades after completion of the first semester.

Middle School Applicant Checklist (grades 6-8)

List of 4 items.

  • Complete the Application and Student Questionnaire

    To begin the application process, click here. If you are unable to submit the application online, you may download a printable version from the Admission Forms page and mail it to the Cranbrook Admission Office with your $50 application fee.
    • Cranbrook accepts the SSAT common application with the condition that candidates also set up an online account and complete Cranbrook's supplemental short form.
  • Schedule a Visit and a Student Interview

    Visits and interviews may be scheduled on weekdays beginning in October. An application must be submitted before scheduling your child's visit. 

    Call (248) 645-3413 or e-mail phudson@cranbrook.edu to schedule your visit!
  • Register to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)

    Cranbrook requires applicants to take the SSAT.  Register at https://ssat.org/

    • Please have your scores reported directly to Cranbrook Schools. Our school code for the SSAT is 2650.
    • Recent scores for other standardized tests may be used in lieu of taking the SSAT. Contact our office to confirm.
    • Character and personal growth are an integral part of a Cranbrook education.  The Snapshot will help us get to know you better.
    • For students who take the SSAT there is no charge to take The Snapshot.  For more information go to ssat.org/snapshot.
  • Submit Recommendations & Official Transcripts

    Recommendations
    We require recommendations from your principal/counselor, your math teacher, and your English teacher.
    • Download the forms and give them to your teachers with a stamped envelope addressed to the Cranbrook Admission Office, or your teachers can complete these forms online at schools.cranbrook.edu/recs then e-mail, fax or mail them in.
    • Teachers should submit recommendations directly to our office
    Transcripts
    • Download the transcript release form from our Admission Forms page, and give it to your current school.
    • Your current school should forward transcripts directly to our office.
    • Cranbrook requires grades from first marking period of the current year and the previous two years.

Upper School Applicant Checklist (grades 9-12)

List of 6 items.

  • Complete the Application and Student Questionnaire

    To begin the application process, click here. If you are unable to submit the application online, you may download a printable version from the Admission Forms page and mail it to the Cranbrook Admission Office with your $50 application fee.
    • Cranbrook accepts the SSAT common application with the condition that candidates also set up an online account and complete Cranbrook's supplemental short form.
  • Schedule Your Student Interview

    Student interviews may be scheduled on weekdays beginning in October. On the day of your interview, you may arrange to tour campus and attend classes. Students who do not reside locally, and are unable to make it to campus, may request a Skype/phone interview.

    International students should schedule an interview after submitting an application and TOEFL results.

    Mainland China applicants
    If you live in Mainland China, please arrange the required interview with Vericant at http://www.vericant.com/interview.
    • Vericant interviews are only offered in Mainland China at this time and will serve as the official interview for applying to Cranbrook.
    • Cranbrook admission officers will no longer offer individual interviews via Skype or in-person for applicants from Mainland China.
  • Schedule a Visit Day (optional)

    We invite candidates for Upper School admission to learn more about us in a classroom visit day, which can be scheduled to coincide with your student interview. If you are unable to come to campus, we have many off-campus admission events and interview options. We ask that an application be submitted before scheduling a visit day. 

    To schedule a visit day, call (248) 645-3610 or click here.
  • Submit Recommendations & Official Transcripts

    Recommendations
    We require recommendations from your principal/counselor, your math teacher, and your English teacher.
    • Download the forms and give them to your teachers with a stamped envelope addressed to the Cranbrook Admission Office, or your teachers can complete these forms online at schools.cranbrook.edu/recs then e-mail, fax or mail them in.
    • Teachers should submit recommendations directly to our office
    Transcripts
    • Download the transcript release form from our Admission Forms page, and give it to your current school.
    • Your current school should forward transcripts directly to our office.
    • Cranbrook requires grades from first marking period of the current year and the previous two years.
  • Register to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)

    Cranbrook requires applicants to take the SSAT.  Register at https://ssat.org/

    • Please request that your scores be reported directly to Cranbrook Schools. Our school code for the SSAT is 2650.
    • Recent scores for other standardized tests may be used in lieu of taking the SSAT.  Contact our office to confirm.
    • Character and personal growth are an integral part of a Cranbrook education.  The Snapshot will help us get to know you better.
    • For students who take the SSAT, there is no charge to take The Snapshot.  For more information go to ssat.org/snapshot.
  • Register to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)*

    If English is not your first language, register to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at http://toefl.org AND complete the International Applicants Questionnaire.
    • Please request that your scores be reported directly to Cranbrook Schools. Our school code for the TOEFL is 8157.
    • Test availability may be limited in some countries. If you are unable to arrange to take this test, please contact the admission office for possible alternatives.
    • An I-20 form will be issued once a student is accepted and enrolled.

Admission Events

There are no admission events at this time. Please check back in the fall!

SSAT Test Dates

Register at https://ssat.org/

National Test:
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Alternate FLEX Test:
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
(requires access code: 4K-5Z9K-6L8J)

International students may take the SSAT outside the U.S.

Standard Application Online

Cranbrook accepts the SAO common application with the condition that candidates also set up an online account and complete Cranbrook's supplemental short form.

Contact Us

PO Box 801
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303
(248) 645-3000