Cranbrook Schoolsreview by Johns Hopkins University student. The teachers are very passionate. The classes are small and most are more discussion based excluding most science and math classes. English and History are always set up so students are in a circle, and it promotes an environment of discussion. This is essential for college. Many students find it hard to speak up in class or formulate their opinions. However, these classes prepare you for it. For the first few years, English is separated by gender to promote students sharing their ideas. The middle schools are separated, so it is a transition phase. Cranbrook is known for their art program and have an art museum on campus. Students are required to take a number of art classes. There are many electives that are tailored to a student’s interest. There is a lot of responsibility instilled on the students such as free hours to do homework along with no bells. The campus is also very large and buses are needed to get from one set of buildings to the other. The work load is very tough, but it prepares the student very well for college workload. It is more competitive than other schools, and there are not many group projects. One will find, like all schools, some people will be willing to study together, however, doing homework together is heavily discouraged by the school. Class size is usually around 14.
The area is very safe, and the campus is extremely historical. It is very large and filled with gardens. There is always a new place to discover inside or outside. The cafeteria food is extremely good compared to other schools and the staff are extremely friendly. The girls and boys dorms are on separate campuses, but easy to get to. There is also a science and art museum on campus, which is free to students. There were many study areas, but the libraries were not always open, however there were always places to study. It is truly a very diverse school, with many international students or students that have lived abroad. The school is challenging but there is always so much support behind the students. It is not only diverse in its students but its faculty who have taught at universities or other high schools. It is truly a one of a kind experience, and only visiting it could truly describe.
It is required to be a part of so many extracurricular activities. There were many clubs, and it was very easy for a student to start a new one. It was not only students involved but the teachers and faculty also, which allowed a student to meet other mentors outside the classroom. I think the school really aimed at making the student well rounded, however many of the sports teams were not extremely competitive or well recognized. There were also parts of days devoted to community service such as cleaning up the campus etc. Each Monday there is usually a presentation/assembly with a new speaker that gives wisdom etc.