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A Message from our Director of Schools
At Cranbrook we believe that a stellar education is the greatest and most enduring gift one can give. And that it has a few key ingredients: motivated students, from diverse backgrounds and with a myriad of unique perspectives; caring and diligent teachers who constantly see and bring out the best in young people; and an environment that inspires a sense of wonder and curiosity in us all.

You will find motivation, care, and wonder at the heart of the Cranbrook experience. At every division and in each facet of Cranbrook’s program, our students and teachers focus on the habits of empathy, perseverance, inquiry, mastery and responsibility that ensure each student’s success in school and, far beyond our campus, every student’s ability to make meaningful contributions to society. These habits invite opportunity and beget joyful relationships – at our Brookside elementary school, at our middle schools for both girls and boys, at Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School, and everywhere in the lives of our graduates.

I invite you to learn more about Cranbrook, our reputation as one of the leading college preparatory schools in the country, and the opportunities here that last a lifetime. Since 1922, we have built an inclusive community where young people thrive, where unique perspectives are cultivated, and dreams and passions are nurtured. We welcome promising students of all walks of life to our school.

Thank you for your interest in Cranbrook and in how excited we are to play a meaningful and enduring role in your child’s discovery and growth.

 - Aimeclaire Roche, Director of Schools

Schools Governance


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  • Cranbrook Educational Community Board of Trustees

    2020-21 Board Members
    Michael H. Acheson 
    Christopher P. Ilitch
    Pamela Applebaum
    James A. Kelly
    Michael E. Berger (Vice Chair)
    Brock R. Landry
    Jim Berline
    Trevor F. Lauer
    F. Kevin Browett
    Leslie Li
    Denise Anton David
    Stephen R. Polk (Vice Chair)
    Richard L. DeVore
    Mark L. Reuss (Chair)
    Jamison Williams Faliski 
    Warren E. Rose (Vice Chair)  
    Virginia B. Fox
    Geoffrey C. Schiciano 
    Maxine Frankel 
    Sidhdharth D. Sheth
    Lee B. Ghesquiere
    Lee M. Smith
    Jennifer Gilbert
    Sandra A. Smith
    Linda H. Gillum (First Vice Chair)
    Robert S. Taubman
    William K. M. Goldsmith
    Linzie Venegas
    Jeffrey A. Harris (Vice Chair)             
    Deborah Wahl
    Rejji P. Hayes
    Robert T. Wilson
  • Schools Board of Governors

    The Board of Governors advises the Director of Schools in achieving and maintaining programmatic excellence of the division. The Board's larger purpose is to sponsor and lead the division in the service of its constituents and the broader needs of the public in a dynamic society. The Board of Governors shares in the responsibility of advocating for the best interests of the School's Division and Cranbrook as a whole.

    2020-21 Officers

    *Sidhdharth D. Sheth, Chair
    Pamela Applebaum, Vice Chair
    F. Kevin Browett, Treasurer
    *Deborah Wahl, Secretary

    2020-21 Members
    Richard Apkarian
    Neil W. H. Armstrong
    Kristen L. Baiardi
    Chase B. Brand
    Allison DeCapite
    David S. DeMuth
    *Lee B. Ghesquiere
    Howard J. Gourwitz
    Charlene Reuss Grandelius
    Phyllip Hall
    Kelle Ilitch
    Kenneth M. Kernen, M.D.
    Carl Klemmer
    Olaf “Cory” Kroneman IV
    *Leslie Li
    Barbara Yolles Ludwig
    Rob Mardigian
    Seth Seligman Meltzer
    Ryan L. Polk
    Helen Billig Reasoner
    David J. Runyon
    *Geoffrey C. Schiciano
    Michael Smith
    Marquita Harris Sylvia
    George N. Tepe
    Matthew H. Trunsky, M.D.
    * Schools Representative to the CEC Board of Trustees

Mission Statement

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.

Guiding Principles
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.