Cranbrook Schools - Review #1

Cranbrook Schools

About the Author:

College Enrolled University of Michigan
Home Town, State (Country) Marquette, MI
Years Attended Boarding School 2
Activities During Boarding School Basketball-Captain Rowing-Captain Track Cabinet Student Council RA in the Kingswood Girls Dorms

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
In addition to the high school on Cranbrook, we additionally had an art college that allowed us to observe and experience a multitude of art every day adding to the Cranbrook experience. Consequently, the 500 acre campus is filled with history and value that you wouldn't receive at another high school. Also, Cranbrook has students from all around the world, allowing for its students to experience many cultures every day.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I made the best friends and met the most incredible people. I have grown up so much from attending Cranbrook and truly have learned to appreciate the beauty in everything. The most important thing I learned at Cranbrook was how important my family is and to truly appreciate them and all they do for me. Additionally, how amazing it is to be surrounded by such a large support system of teachers and staff and students that want to see you succeed and become the best version of yourself. I thank Cranbrook and owe them everything for my success.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have gone to boarding school starting my freshman year, I loved Cranbrook so much that I wish I would have been able to spend all four years on campus. My advice for anyone attending Cranbrook is to really enjoy the moments you have the and appreciate the people you meet, because there is no place like Cranbrook. It is truly the most incredible gift to attend Cranbrook and I am forever grateful for my parents for allowing me to attend such an amazing school.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I honesty don't think I can choose one thing I loved most about Cranbrook. The entire experience was amazing and I will never be able to thank everyone who helped me along the way enough for everything Cranbrook has given me. It is honestly a once in a lifetime experience.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Just enjoy your time at Cranbrook. No amount of time there will be long enough. Appreciate every challenging moment that pushes you outside your comfort zone and makes you a better version of you.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved the the academics offered students a rigorous, yet interesting schedule. The days were built on a block schedule; therefore, all our days were not the same and were based on more of a "college-like" schedule, allowing students to better prepare for college. Additionally, most of the teachers at Cranbrook are Doctors and have extensive knowledge on the topics we are covering. The student to teacher ratio is small making it easier for each student to have more one on one time. The classes were difficult with a pretty large work load, in order to prepare students for college, I can honestly say that the amount of work is in some cases equal or more than the workload I have at the University of Michigan. All of my classes were very diverse. Despite the extremely competitive environment at Cranbrook, there is no other school that has students more willing to help one another out.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Our athletics program were very well managed. They offered every sport possible from fencing to football, lacrosse to swimming and rowing to track. Most of our sports teams would place within the state every year. The coaches are incredibly dedicated and supportive of its players, as well as the athletic department as a whole. There is a mandatory athletic requirement, but this can be filled with other things such as plays or an intense dedication to a club in the case sports really aren't a students things.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The Visual Arts, Music and Theatre program and Cranbrook are amazing. Our school has multiple theaters on campus, an art museum, and a whole art building that contains the band, orchestra and choir rooms, many different art rooms including, but not limited to: a ceramics studio, a weaving studio with 40+ looms, a metal smith room, painting and drawing rooms. The teaching and facilities are so incredible and dedicated to furthering a students knowledge of the arts. The hallways are filled with students art and put it on display. The school is so committed to the arts and constantly works to further them.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
The extracurricular opportunities were endless and if what you were looking for wasn't there you could start a club for it. Super diverse. Clubs include: debate, cabinet, big brother big sister, Model UN etc.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorms at Cranbrook were separated by gender: girls on one campus, boys on another. Rooms were doubles and singles. Singles and doubles with conjoined jack and jill bathrooms, some with own bathrooms. We had kitchenettes with food and drinks that were available 24/7. Dorm rooms were based on grade and leadership positions within dorms. RAs got first room pick, then seniors and so on. You were able to pick your roommate.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining halls were large and the food was amazing. The staff worked to personalize the meals for the students. Dining halls were daily, 7-9 breakfast, lunch 11-1, dinner 5-8. No assigned seating.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town had many restaurants, malls, movies and places to go. It was a quick ride from Cranbrook to Birmingham.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Everyone was inclusive and excepting of the different cultures on campus.

Daily Schedule:

7:00 AMSign in
8:00 AM1st period
9:00 AM2nd
10:00 AM3rd
11:00 AM4th
12:00 AMlunch
1:00 PM5, 6
3:00 PMSport Practice
6:30 PMDinner, shower
8:00 PMhomework, bed
9:00 AMwake up, breakfast
10:00 AMworkout
12:00 AMlunch
1:00 PMstudy
5:00 AMdinner
6:00 AMstudy
8:00 AMhangout with friends
12:00 PMcurfew

Alumni Reviews
  Review School

  • Review Description
  • Cranbrook Schools Alumni #1
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   7/17/2017
    University of Michigan
    In addition to the high school on Cranbrook, we additionally had an art college that allowed us to observe and experience a multitude of art every day adding to the Cranbrook experience. Consequently, the 500. . .
  • Cranbrook Schools Alumni #2
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   2/24/2018
    Yale University
    Definitely its renowned Harkness discussion. The principal is based off the idea that the students are of such a high intellect that they are able to teach each other, and thus the teacher of the. . .
  • Cranbrook Schools Alumni #3
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   12/27/2017
    University of Miami
    I believe that Cranbrook Schools is unique due to their campus atmosphere. Set up similar to a college campus, it gave students independence and the ability to make their own. . .
  • Cranbrook Schools Alumni #4
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   11/3/2016
    University of Michigan
    The campus is peaceful and beautiful. It's unlike any campus anywhere. I enjoyed exploring many hidden trails with friends and alone. There are two campuses for upper school students: Kingswood and Cranbrook. Ladies reside in. . .
  • Cranbrook Schools Alumni #5
    Class of 2014
    5 Stars   2/1/2018
    For me, living and working on a boarding school campus that was surrounded in nature made Cranbrook a very special place. Everyday was like finding a new adventure to embark on - from the small. . .
  • Show more reviews (4 reviews)
Recent Articles
Looking For Some Great Summer Programs?
July 04, 2018
The quality of a summer camp depends very much on the quality and experience of the folks running it. When you select a summer program run by a boarding school, you are getting a program with experienced, well-organized professionals at the helm. More here.
Spotlight on Sports
July 04, 2018
Explore the incredible variety of athletics which schools offer. Athletics are not optional in boarding school. Athletics are one part of a comprehensive program most schools adopt to educate the whole child in mind, body and spirit.
How Do Girls Benefit From Single-Sex Education?
July 04, 2018
Role models, knowing how girls learn and constant encouragement are just some of the ways girls' schools work their magic with your daughter.