About Us


  • Number of students: 4900

  • School Board: Royal Oak Schools Board of Education

  • Student to Teacher Ratio: 17:1

  • Average Graduation Rate: 94%

  • First School In Royal Oak: Union School - 1902

  • Superintendent: Mary Beth Fitzpatrick


A Community of Excellence


Royal Oak Schools is an inclusive, diverse, safe and student-first environment. Together as a community, we help develop growth-minded students who can adapt in a dynamic world as they learn.


Goal 1: Committed to fostering an impactful learning community where students will be embraced, accepted, challenged, and prepared.

Goal 2: Strengthen and expand school-community connections that are crucial to both the success of the school district and the community.

Goal 3: Optimize the use of all financial and physical resources.

Goal 4: Attract and retain the best staff.

Please see our Strategic Plan with this link.


Royal Oak is a unique city with a rich history, and Royal Oak Schools is proud to be a major part of it.

The first local schoolhouse, Parker, stood at 13 and Woodward and was established in 1824 (before Michigan even became a state). As Royal Oak Township became a village and grew throughout the 19th century, more schools were built. The original Royal Oak High School opened in 1913 at Main and University, and in 1927 a new, relocated Royal Oak High School opened on Washington at Willis. When a second high school was opened in 1957, Clarence M. Kimball High School, the original Royal Oak High School became George A. Dondero High School.

Throughout the years, the district has evolved as the community evolved. 19 additional schools have opened and closed throughout the district since Royal Oak has been an established city. Now, the district consists of one high school (Royal Oak High School, located at the former Kimball High School), one middle school (Royal Oak Middle School, located at the former Dondero High School), six elementary schools, one community education center and district administration offices. Additionally, in 2004, the original Royal Oak WPA murals were rediscovered in storage. Read about their history here.

For more information about our community's history, visit the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum in person or online.

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Royal Oak Schools has been a great learning environment for my children - Joanne, parent

The sense of community we felt the first day we visited ROS has only increased over the past four years. It is important for us to establish a certain level of trust among the individuals that are partnering with us to shape and influence our children. We believe that the ROS team of administrators, teachers, and staff provide an optimal education in a challenging environment where our children can grow academically and socially while expanding their opportunities to serve others. - Tom & Sue, parents

Although I have faced many obstacles, through ROHS and its wonderful teachers, who did whatever it took to see me succeed, I learned that people really care about me. I have confidence in myself. My dreams won't always be just dreams forever. - Frank, student

As an alumni of Dondero (class of '86), I am so proud and excited to have my children attend Royal Oak Schools. - Michelle, parent of 7th grader and preschooler

ROHS has helped me prepare by not only getting me thinking about college but helping me with all the steps along the way to getting there. - Perry, student

Years ago when we were offered a choice of schools, my husband and I were impressed with ROS's program and what the possibilities were for our three children. ROS offered accelerated instruction, dual enrollment at our local college, Spanish, music, etc. We are so thankful that we made ROS our choice. Our children have excelled over the years; we now have one graduate who was very prepared for university-level education. I have recently asked (her), 'If we could go back in time, should we have made the same choice (in schools) that we made years ago?' She said, 'Yes, definitely!' - Nancy, daughter awarded 4 yr scholarship, Central Michigan University