Through a comprehensive curriculum, award-winning clubs, partnerships with community organizations and more, Royal Oak Schools is setting students up for success in an ever-changing world Ñ and it's been doing so since the district was founded in 1824.
Back then, the Royal Oak Schools district consisted of one schoolhouse, located at 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue. But today the district has grown to serve 5,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and boasts six elementary schools (Addams, Keller, Northwood, Oakridge, Oakland and Uptown elementary), Royal Oak Middle School and Royal Oak High School.
"Royal Oak Schools offers a wide variety of learning opportunities and services to support our whole community," said Mary Beth Fitzpatrick, Superintendent of Royal Oak Schools. "We have programs for families starting in preschool and developmental kindergarten, and strong K-12 schools with high achievement."
Families of the youngest learners Ñ ages 2 1/2-5 Ñ can turn to the Addams Early Childhood Education Center for early childhood education including free programs such as Early Childhood Special Education Program (ECSE), Early Intervention and Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), in addition to fee-based programs such as child care, 3-, 4- and 5-year-old preschool, and a blended preschool program kids ages 4 and 5.
With a strong reputation for academic excellence, Royal Oak Schools is committed to student success at every level. Through its comprehensive curriculum, including the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme, the district gives students the opportunity to connect their studies to real world experiences while developing confidence, understanding global challenges and more.
"Royal Oak offers the International Baccalaureate Programme at one elementary school as well as for all 6-12 students at Royal Oak Middle and High Schools," said Fitzpatrick.
In addition to International Baccalaureate, the district offers Advanced Placement courses, career and technical education opportunities and more.
Fitzpatrick added, "Students can find a variety of ways to be engaged and learn through performing arts programs, graphic arts, world languages K-12, advanced placement options, career and technical education courses and certifications, and a wide variety of athletic teams and clubs."
Post-graduation planning events and information, plus career opportunities for students Ñ which are posted online for students to browse Ñ are also offered in an attempt to assist students with their post-graduation plans.
In addition to curriculum, the district boasts many award-winning clubs including weight lifting club, art club, Michigan Junior Honor Society (MJHS) and National Honor Society, high school band, orchestra and choir, French club, diversity club, drama club and more. Sports offerings round out the after-school activities.
"Royal Oak Schools is at the heart of our community - A Community of Excellence" Ñ Mary Beth Fitzpatrick, Royal Oak Schools Superintendent
For more information, or to enroll, visit the Royal Oak Schools website.