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. Founded in 1923 by George Booth, an Episcopal church was established to serve the growing Cranbrook community and its surrounding areas. The design of the Cranbrook and Kingswood schools were heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement, which originated in 19th century England. This movement was embraced by George Booth and Eliel Saarinen, who were both instrumental in the development of the schools. The Cranbrook School is renowned for its excellence, consistently ranking first on the list of the best boarding schools in the United States.
Architecture critic Paul Goldberger of The New York Times called the Cranbrook campus one of the best campuses ever created in the world. The school is surrounded by picturesque green hills and shady groves, beautiful gardens with flowers, and the city can offer students many cafes, restaurants and cafes, shopping and entertainment centers, cultural attractions and monuments. The Cranbrook Children's School began operating 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, the Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School. Unlike Cranbrook Children's School, which has several buildings, Kingswood School has a single building, which includes support facilities. By offering a strong financial aid program, Cranbrook can attract the best possible students regardless of their family's ability to pay for an education at Cranbrook.
Scholarships are available for those who qualify and will be deducted from total tuition costs when determining a student's liability for reimbursement purposes. Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School accepts just under half of applicants, placing it in the 25% of most selective high schools in the United States. During summer months, Cranbrook schools conduct a variety of day and boarding programs on their campus.