<i>Dean of LS Admission<br>Laura Carl
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.
Our curriculum 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 simultaneously 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.
To see more of the Lower School, we invite you to visit the Lower School pages.

Pre-Kindergarten Schedule Choices

Monday-Friday: full day
Monday-Friday: half day mornings

The Lower School has...

  • The December Program, in which the fifth grade students provide all of the acting and instrumental ensemble performances
  • Community service opportunities begin at age 3 in Pre-Kindergarten, and continue each year
  • A special Grandparents' Day
  • Fifth grade Young Author's Tea where students present their original writing 
  • Grade level drama/music performances beginning in 1st grade and culminating with the December Prgram in 5th grade
  • An art museum open to all students
  • A renowned science intstitute used for field trips and educational activities within the curriculum

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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