Without question, the best time to give children an educational advantage is in their earliest years, and Cranbrook has delivered truly outstanding early childhood education for generations. The critical and creative thinking skills fostered in our pre-kindergarten program pave the way for the success our graduates find in college and in life beyond.
At the Vlasic Early Childhood Center
, one of the nation’s best private preschools, students aged 3-5 participate in special events that emphasize community, participation, imagination, and, of course, fun. The Early Childhood Center works in close partnership with its families and this partnership helps ensure every child’s success.
For children who are taking that all-important first step into a lifetime of education, there is simply no "one size" that fits all. That's why Cranbrook Schools is happy to offer families more choices than ever before when deciding how much school is ideal for their three-year-olds.
bridges the important transition between home and school and emphasizes strong cognitive skills as well as social, emotional and physical development. More importantly, we ensure students meet the academic standards and benchmarks appropriate to their age, while at the same time, providing real-life applications for each lesson. Our educational philosophy goes beyond lessons and activities, however, connecting with each student’s sense of wonder and amazement.
At Cranbrook Lower School Brookside
, one of the nation's best private elementary schools, students learn all the basics—reading and writing, math and science, geography and spelling—but it is the spirit of Brookside that makes this such a special place. The intangibles are what set our program apart and inspire our students, parents, and faculty. The spirit of Brookside resides in the special relationships students form with their teachers, in the unique approach our educators take to basic materials and bring to each classroom, and in the special programs that involve families and the community.
The balance in our curriculum between academics and the arts, technology and experience, joy and challenge, exposes each curious child to the endless possibilities for lifelong learning. Our student’s experiences in math, reading, writing, science, technology, art, music, drama, physical education, and health construct a foundation on which they build successful academic careers.
To receive more information, including our school brochure and an application, simply complete the brief on-line inquiry form
To learn more about the admission process for the Lower School grades 1-5, please visit the Applying page
; for the Vlasic Early Childhood Center, ages 3-5, please click here.