The Cranbrook Science Institute is a renowned collection of scientific artifacts and temporary exhibitions, founded by George Booth and Ellen Scripps Booth. The 1908 English Arts and Crafts style house was designed by Albert Kahn for the founders of Cranbrook. The Cranbrook Academy of Art, one of the leading graduate schools of architecture, art and design in the United States, was also established by the Booths in 1932. Cranbrook is widely considered to be synonymous with contemporary American design. The Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC) includes the Cranbrook Institute of Science, the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and Cranbrook House and Gardens. It also encompasses Cranbrook Schools, a college-preparatory day educational institution and boarding school for students from early childhood to twelfth grade.
The school has an exchange program with the Cranbrook School of Kent in England, in honor of George Booth's legacy. Cranbrook Kingswood accepts just under half of applicants, making it one of the most selective high schools in the United States. The Cranbrook Institute of Science is a museum of natural history and science that encourages its members and visitors to develop a passion for understanding the world around them. Cranbrook Kingswood has 70 sports teams; both the men's and women's teams have won state championship titles in hockey, tennis, lacrosse, golf and swimming. The Cranbrook Art Museum is a contemporary art museum with a permanent collection, including works by Charles and Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia, Maija Grotell, Carl Milles, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Cranbrook House and Gardens is the centerpiece of the educational community.
It was designed by renowned Detroit architect Albert Kahn in 1908. Architecture critic Paul Goldberger of The New York Times called the Cranbrook campus one of the best campuses ever created in the world. During summer months, Cranbrook Schools offer a variety of day and boarding programs on their campus.