Royal Oak was recently named one of the “Best Places in America to Raise Kids” by BusinessWeek Magazine. According to the magazine, school performance and safety were weighted most heavily. The Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools K-12 program addresses the needs of all students with highly-qualified, caring teachers helping children reach their potential as they prepare for the future. There is foreign language instruction for Kindergarten through 12th grades and an expansive fine and performing arts program. In addition, the District utilizes a broad array of technology across all grade levels and subjects. Academically, Royal Oak students score well above the State average on MEAP tests. Royal Oak’s MEAP and MME scores compare favorably with other Oakland County school districts. The Royal Oak Neighborhood School District includes six elementary schools, Royal Oak Middle School and Royal Oak High School. Churchill Community Education Center offers two alternative high school programs, adult English as a Second Language, GED classes and testing, and a variety of adult enrichment classes. Addams Early Childhood Center features child care for toddlers 2 ½ to 5 years of age, and preschool classes for eligible 3- and 4-year-old children. Visit our schools and experience the Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools Difference! www.royaloakschools.org.
Several parochial schools exist in Royal Oak. St. Dennis, St. Mary Elementary, and St. Paul Lutheran offer instruction for preschool through eighth grade. Shrine of the Little Flower provides instruction for preschool through sixth grade, and Shrine High School and Academy for grades 7-12.
The Royal Oak campus of Oakland Community College is located in the heart of downtown. Approximately 6,000 students attend day, evening and weekend classes to upgrade job skills, complete associate degrees, earn transfer credits to universities, and for personal enrichment. The average student age is 28 years old. About 30 percent of its enrollment is from minority groups, and international students represent about 50 different countries. Along with traditional undergraduate courses, the campus offers outstanding programs in computer information systems, ceramics, photography, and English as a second language. The city’s cultural life is enhanced by the campus’ 400 seat theater that holds musical performances and free lectures by renowned photographers and authors. The Royal Oak campus is one of five countywide campuses that make up Oakland Community College, one of the largest multi-campus systems in the nation.