curriculum & Instruction

Royal Oak Schools has developed a core curriculum based on the Common Core Standards. These K-12, Common Core Standards were designed by a state-led committee targeting better preparation for college and success in the global economy for all students. In addition, the district's International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme have been designed to meet those specific standards. 

Royal Oak School students will be well-prepared as life-long learners for high school, college and beyond.   

For more information about specific instruction areas, please visit the sites below.

Helen Keller Elementary IB Primary Years Programme

Royal Oak Middle School and Royal Oak High School Middle Years Programme

Royal Oak Learning Council

K-12 English Language Development Program and Resources

Special Education Department

district improvement

Royal Oak Schools curriculum goes through a regular review cycle led by the District School Improvement Team. Learn more.



M-STEP Testing

Testing is designed to be manageable for students by breaking it up into small sessions over several days. The testing schedule is designed to be safe, fulfill state testing requirements, and provide meaningful data while being minimally disruptive to learning as possible.

As we plan for the administration of these assessments, we will continue to monitor communication from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the United States Department of Education (USDE). 

We ask that your child is at school on time on each of the scheduled testing days and comes to school well-rested.

Also, electronic devices (smartphones, smart watches, cell phones, book readers, electronic tablets, cameras, non-approved calculators, music players, voice recorders, etc.) are not allowed to be with students during the testing sessions.

M-STEP Resources for Parents

M-STEP: What can students expect? 

Online Practice for M-STEP ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies

Student Testing, What Parents Can Do to Help Students Prepare