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Academic rigor is an important and valued part of a Cranbrook education, but that certainly doesn't mean it's all work and no play. Student life is rich and fulfilling, providing many opportunities for your child to express his or her interests and discover new passions.

Because we are a residential campus, our facilities don't close when classes end at 3:20 p.m. Your child can participate in extracurricular activities and still have access to school facilities in the evening for homework or projects. Our libraries, computer center, and science labs are open for all students from 7:00-10:00 p.m. on school nights.

Leadership Opportunities
We believe every student has the potential to become a leader, whether it is through club membership, athletics, the arts, school events, or within our local communities. We strive to offer students opportunities to discover and hone their own leadership skills, and we are proud of our student-leaders’ accomplishments.

Community Engagement
The founders of the Cranbrook Educational Community, George and Ellen Booth, were true philanthropists. Their efforts in founding the CEC went beyond mere financial support of an artistic vision—they dedicated their talents and hearts to the achievement of their ideal. Today, our commitment to service serves as a link to the outside community, our way of extending the ideals of our founders to the world.

In addition to those listed here, there are service-oriented groups such as Cabinet and the Community Service Club, and several outings sponsored by Parent Organizations. The core values of a Cranbrook education—respect, integrity, health, and safety—are reinforced through our community service efforts, and we are proud to have made these efforts an institutional priority. 

Leadership Opportunities

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  • Gold Key

    Gold Key is a service organization affiliated with the Admission Office of approximately 150 students who act as hosts for prospective students and their families by providing class visits and tours. Membership is open to all classes. New members apply and are selected at the end of the first quarter.
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  • Resident Advisers

    Resident Advisers are chosen each year from the junior class by current RAs and House Advisers to serve as leaders supportive to other students. Students are selected for their citizenship, leadership abilities and commitment to the quality of the residential community.
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  • Student Council

    Student Council acts as a liaison among students, faculty and administration. The elected members review issues in school life and policies; including the dress code, and plan school-wide activities for the student body. Members are elected at spring class meetings but weekly meetings are open to all students and faculty. The organization selects the annual recipient of the Mary Jane Palmer Award.
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  • Student Diversity Leadership Conference

    The Student Diversity Leadership Conference is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of young people that focuses on the development of self identity and the search for community spirit and understanding.
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  • Wilderness Leaders

    The Wilderness Expedition provides an opportunity for juniors and seniors to extend their leadership skills to the backcountry setting. Students can take on leadership, instructional and supervisory roles that are essential to the success of this eleven-day backpacking trip.
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Community Engagement

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  • Bridge the Divide

    Cranbrook Schools’ nationally recognized Bridge the Divide program brings together public and independent school students to work together to better the Detroit Metropolitan community.
  • Freedom House

     Cranbrook Kingswood students have the opportunity to visit Freedom House each year with the International Student Life program to teach ESL and volunteer their time and efforts. 

    Freedom House is a shelter for refugees who are seeking asylum in the U.S. and Canada. The work CK students do at Freedom House exposes them to other cultures and walks of life and teaches them the importance of dedicating time to philanthropic activities. Teaching ESL to people from other countries also challenges our students to explore their teaching and leadership skills while crystallizing their connection with the English language.
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  • Habitat For Humanity

    Cranbrook Kingswood’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter supports the work of HFH affiliates to build affordable housing by volunteering at construction worksites, and obtaining donations of money and materials through fundraising activities. CK HFH also works to educate the community about the need for affordable housing. CK HFH is currently working with the Detroit affiliate, which is building houses in the Core City area of Detroit near the Ambassador Bridge.