Challenging and Comprehensive College Preparation

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  • Welcome from the Head of Brookside

    Welcome to the online community for Cranbrook Lower School Brookside and the Vlasic Early Childhood Center, where I invite you to discover all that makes our program remarkable and unique. While our comprehensive academic program is challenging for students at all levels, 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.

    From the wide windows and vaulted ceilings of the art room where creativity can be limitless, to hands-on science experiments that have students clamoring to be novice scientists, we offer an educational environment that stimulates each student’s creative and academic interests, encouraging an early love of learning. The balance in our curriculum between academics and the arts, technological and experiential, fun and challenging, exposes each curious child to the endless possibilities for lifelong learning. Our students are eager to begin each morning, eager to discover what’s in store for the day, and eager to share their experiences at home.

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  • Message from the Director of the Vlasic Early Childhood Center

    The Cranbrook educational experience begins here in the Vlasic Early Childhood Center, where we provide exceptional learning opportunities for pre-, junior, and senior kindergartners. In the ECC, we believe a child's first school experience should not only be educational, but exciting and nurturing, as well, which is why our teachers create programs to spark students' imagination and extend their classrooms into the world beyond.

    Our curriculum bridges the important transition between home and school, and emphasizes strong cognitive skills as well as social, emotional, and physical development. We ensure that students meet the academic standards and benchmarks appropriate to their age, while simultaneously providing meaningful context and 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. A lesson in shapes becomes an exercise in making pizza or taking a shape walk, and lessons on symmetry look to the world around us every-day objects, from double doors, to the bottoms of our shoes. Through these connections to the real world, a child's enthusiasm for learning is sustained and a life-long love of learning is cultivated.
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Learn More!

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 Brookside Lower School, please visit the Applying page.

To learn more about the admission process for the Vlasic Early Childhood Center, please visit the Applying page.

Why Lower School?

Wednesday Packet

Each week, Brookside prepares a Wednesday packet that is sent electronically to every school family. It contains announcements of special events, program changes, dates to keep in mind, etc. This is an important way in which parents are informed about what is happening throughout the school. It provides relevant reading for everybody.

Meet Our Team

List of 5 members.

  • Mr. Keith McConnell 

    Head - Brookside School
    248-645-3521
  • Ms. Kathleen (Benjamin) Robinson 

    Teacher - Brookside School
    248-645-3527
  • Ms. Marianne Tchozewski 

    Executive Assistant, Cranbrook Schools Brookside
    248-645-3520
  • Mrs. Norma Borsheim 

    Lower School Senior Administrative Assistant
    248-645-3500
  • Mrs. Jenna Brown 

    Early Childhood Center Executive Assistant
    248-645-3513

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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