Students choose Cranbrook because they want to acquire a superb education. They develop independence and a knack for making sensible decisions. They share daily life with classmates and resident faculty, easily and naturally continuing class discussions at dinner or over pizza after study hall. They embrace new cultural experiences, take on new kinds of leadership roles, and make lifelong friends.
Faculty members, their families, and senior students oversee each dorm, serving as resident advisors and confidantes.
Boarding school students begin their day with breakfast from 7 to 8:00 AM, and then join day student friends for classes from 8 AM to 3:20 PM. After school, all students participate in sports, extracurriculars, and community service activities until about 5:30 PM, followed by dinner and the daily check-in for a two hour evening study period.
Students' weekends are filled with possibilities: a touring show or pro basketball game, a camping expedition,ski trip, or a movie on campus. They attend concerts, lectures, and films at the nearby Ford Field, Fox Theater, and the Little Caesar's Arena, watch television, shop in neighboring Birmingham, hang out with friends, have dinner with a teacher, or spend the night with a day student friend.
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