The student population at Cranbrook Schools is 1,581. With an acceptance rate of just under half of all applicants, Cranbrook Kingswood is one of the 25% most selective high schools in the United States. The design of the campus was chosen by William Oliver Stevens, the first director of the Cranbrook School, who drew it himself. Architecture critic Paul Goldberger of The New York Times called the Cranbrook campus one of the best campuses ever created in the world. The conception and design of the Cranbrook and Kingswood schools were heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement, which began in 19th century England.
Unlike the Cranbrook Children's School, which has several buildings, Kingswood School has a single building that includes support facilities. During the summer months, Cranbrook Schools offer a variety of day and boarding programs on their campus. Cranbrook Kingswood now has 70 sports teams; both the men's and women's teams have won state championship titles in hockey, tennis, lacrosse, golf and swimming. In 1923, George Booth founded an Episcopal church to serve the fledgling Cranbrook community, as well as surrounding communities.
The Cranbrook Children's School opened in 1927 and was designed by world-renowned Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen. In 1985, Cranbrook School and Kingswood School merged to create a blended higher school known as the Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School. These programs include day camps, a soccer clinic, a film seminar, a compensatory educational program for students from low-income families, a jazz ensemble, ice hockey, lacrosse and tennis camps, as well as the Cranbrook Theater School. Additionally, there is an exchange program with the Cranbrook School of Kent in England to honor George Booth's legacy.
Cranbrook Schools is part of the Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC), which includes the Cranbrook Institute of Science, the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Cranbrook House and Gardens. The CEC provides students with an array of educational opportunities that are designed to help them reach their full potential.