About Oakland Early College
Oakland Early College (OEC) is a “hybrid” school combining the best elements of high school and college. OEC students attend school on Oakland Community College’s Orchard Ridge campus, and engage in an exciting college-preparatory curriculum taught by teachers from award-winning West Bloomfield School District. Dual enrollment is a central component of every student's educational experience, with students participating in an integrated sequence of high school and college courses. OEC students graduate with their high school diplomas, innovative educational and professional experiences in a small school environment, and up to 60 transferable college credits towards their undergraduate degree and/or an Associate Degree from Oakland Community College.
OEC is a public early college high school. There is no cost to students or their families for attending Oakland Early College. Tuition, most fees, and most textbook costs are paid for by the school.
OEC students have full access to Oakland Community College’s wide range of student support mechanisms and student activities, and OEC's students are deeply involved in all aspects of campus life, assuming leadership roles in areas including student government, the college honor society, and the fine and performing arts programs. All 160+ college degree pathways at Oakland Community College are available to OEC students.
What students Have to Say
"This school is the best thing that ever happened to me. I can't tell you what it's meant to me to be able to learn and grow here."
Mitch - fifth year student
"I can push ahead at my own pace. I know I can achieve my goals because of Oakland Early College."
Taylor - third year student
In Their Own Words
College Success is our Goal
A core component of the Oakland Early College experience is integrated dual enrollment in college coursework at Oakland Community College. During the 2009-2010 academic year, OEC students enrolled in approximately 650 college courses, earning approximately 1850 credits. For the most recently completed term, Summer I 2010, students passed over 98% of their college coursework, and carried an average course GPA in college of about 3.3 GPA. The transferability rate for college coursework was approximately 97%. During the previous full, 15-week semester, Winter 2010, students passed approximately 94% of their college courses--again, a substantially higher pass rate than traditional college students--with a transfer rate of about 85%. In doing so, they carried about a B average in their college coursework.
College success rates have remained fairly consistent throughout the school’s history, but have trended upwards since its inception. OEC students are well represented within the college’s Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Omicron Xi Chapter Honor Society. A large percentage of the chapter’s executive board, including its president, are OEC students.