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.
A core component of the Oakland Early College experience is an integrated dual enrollment program at Oakland Community College. Over the past year, OEC students have successfully completed over 800 college courses, earning over 2,500 college credits. Each student of the graduating class, on average, graduated with 44 college credits and had a college GPA of 3.15.
OEC students are well represented within the college’s Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Omicron Xi Chapter Honor Society, Student Ambassador program, and other various clubs. We are among the first early colleges with our own chapter of NHS, which volunteered for almost 500 hours in 2015 alone. In addition to this, the graduating class performed over 2,100 hours of community service. In the same year, our students ranked #26 in the state for their SAT scores and were mentioned in Newsweek’s top 500 schools in America for a second consecutive year.