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. The graduating class of 2019 completed 1,880 internship hours resulting in 47 MEMCA certificates being awarded. 1,465 NHS volunteer hours were completed by NHS members in the class of 2019 and 2,168 additional general service hours were completed within the community. In total, the class of 2019 completed 120 college courses totaling 1,413 college credit resulting in 21 Associate degrees.
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.