About OS

Our Statement of Purpose

Every Student. Every Day.

About Oakland Schools

Oakland Schools is a regional service agency that offers support services to school personnel that are best delivered regionally and provide cost, size and quality advantages to those we serve. Oakland Schools is an autonomous, tax-supported public school district governed by Michigan General School Laws and is one of 56 intermediate school districts (ISDs) established in Michigan in 1962.

Oakland Schools organizes our organization strategies around these central objectives:

  • Increase student achievement
  • Serve diverse needs of schools​
  • Decrease costs/increase efficiencies​​​

Our Beliefs

  • It’s about service.
  • Students form the lens through which our best educational decisions are made.
  • All students can and will learn.
  • Collaboration builds understanding.
  • Education is a shared responsibility.
  • Our success depends upon our employees.
  • Change is opportunity.
  • Lifelong learning is a key to lifelong success.
  • Effective relationships are powerful.
  • Differences expand our thinking.
  • Visionary leadership creates a dynamic environment.
  • We must develop leaders for tomorrow.
  • Ethical behavior is everyone’s responsibility.

Our Credo

Service, expertise and excellence form the foundation of Oakland Schools. We prepare students to be meaningful contributors in a diverse society. Continuous learning drives our efforts to support local districts and the community while fostering a global perspective. Organizational strength and effectiveness come from inclusion, advocacy, innovation and leadership. We share responsibility for leading the Oakland County educational community.

We believe our first responsibility is to the educators of Oakland County, their students and families. We believe that all students can learn, and will, given the right resources and time. Our services, products, tools and knowledge are focused to support high levels of student achievement, maximize resources and meet compliance obligations. Through visionary leadership and inclusive relationships, we develop regional capacity for the continuous improvement of student learning.

We believe every employee can be highly productive. We support ongoing learning by providing necessary tools and resources. We hold one another to a high standard of professionalism, respect, integrity and fairness. Together, we embrace a culture that promotes ideas and innovation as it encourages creativity and fun. We deliver high quality service as we advocate for every child.

We collaborate with the Oakland County community and develop strong partnerships with all levels of government, business, social agencies and education to enhance the quality of life in this region. These collaborations strengthen teaching and learning and increase opportunities for Oakland County students as they graduate to a global economy.

For all those with whom we work and whom we serve, we pledge to partner in practices that honor collaboration, responsible stewardship of public resources, transparent business practices and ethical behavior.

Contact Oakland Schools


2111 Pontiac Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328-2735​

Business hours:
8:30 am - 5 pm daily

Please note: Many activities and events are offered beyond our standing business hours. Please contact the receptionist if you have any questions.