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.

For more information about the benefits of boarding schools, please view The Truth About Boarding School.

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To receive more information, including our school brochure and an application, complete the brief on-line inquiry form.

To learn more about the admission process for the Upper School, please visit the Applying page.

Why Upper School?

Living on Campus

List of 5 items.

  • Inside the Boys' Residence Halls

    The Cranbrook Residential Hall for Boys houses more than 150 students in four different, connected halls.
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  • Inside the Girls' Residence Hall

    The girls’ residential hall is located on the historic Kingswood campus and houses about 100 girls from all over the country and the world.
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  • House Advisor Program

    Each individual hall is headed up by a House Advisor who works closely with residential students.
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  • Resident Faculty

    Our residential students enjoy all the support and attention outside the classroom as they do within.
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  • Residence Hall Council

    On each campus there is an active Residence Hall Council which helps create the foundation of our residential community life.
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List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Why Boarding School?

    To find out more about why boarding school might be a good fit for you or your child, please read The Truth About Boarding School.
  • Q. How do I send a letter or package to my son or daughter?

    It’s easy to stay in touch through the mail, and students love to receive and share packages from home. If you are sending something through the United States Post Office, address it in the following manner:

    Student’s Name
    Cranbrook Schools
    Cranbrook Campus (boys)
    Kingswood Campus (girls)
    PO Box 801
    Bloomfield Hills MI 48303-0801

    United Parcel Service, Federal Express, or DHL:
    Student’s Name
    Cranbrook Schools
    39221 Woodward
    Bloomfield Hills MI 48304-3368
  • Q. What should I bring with me to the residence hall?

    All students should bring their own linens, blankets, pillows, comforter, mattress cover for a twin bed, laundry supplies, toiletries, and seasonal and dress-up clothing. Students may also choose to bring a desk lamp, radio, stereo, computer, posters, plants, or rugs. Girls can also bring window treatments if they like, though the basic window size varies by floor (usually 54”wide X 64” long).
  • Q. What can’t I bring with me to the residence hall?

    Students cannot have cooking appliances, hot plates, coffee pots, refrigerators, or microwaves. Likewise, no VCRs, televisions, DVD players, irons, halogen lamps, candles, or space heaters. There are no pets allowed. The only exception made is for seniors—they may have the smallest sized dorm refrigerator in their rooms.
  • Q. Can I bring a car?

    Senior residents in good standing are allowed to have a car on campus if they submit a letter of parental permission and proof of insurance to the Dean of Students. Juniors are granted permission only in special circumstances. They must submit an application and a parental letter of request detailing those circumstances. All cars must be registered or the drivers will be in violation of school standards.

Cranbrook Schools

·39221 Woodward ·Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304
Cranbrook Educational Community admits students and makes its services, activities, and education programs available to students without regard to sex, race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected status as required by state or federal law.

Cranbrook Schools is a private college prep boarding school located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, near Detroit, consisting of three schools; an elementary school with a private preschool, a single gender middle school with a distinct boys middle school and girls middle school, along with a co-ed college prep private boarding high school. Cranbrook is regarded as one of the top private schools in Michigan. Many of Cranbrook’s students attend top universities and colleges.

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