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Specialized Student Support


Student Education Services serves the homeless students in all public school districts and charter schools throughout the County.

Immigrant and Refugee Services

The immigrant, asylee and refugee services provided by Oakland Schools department coordinates a countywide consortium for all districts.

Workforce and Economic Development

Business and industry partnerships help Oakland Schools keep its pulse on providing relevant learning opportunities to the students and families it serves.  

Wraparound Services

Wraparound is a County wide program that provides support to families who have at least one student with a Serious Emotional Disturbance (as defined by the Mental Health Code) and are at risk for placement in juvenile detention, psychiatric facility, protective custody or foster care.

Youth and Foster Care

It is the shared commitment of Oakland Schools and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to do everything possible to ensure that students in foster care achieve academic success and graduate alongside their peers. 

School Finance Research Collaborative

The School Finance Research Collaborative ("Collaborative") is a diverse group of business leaders and education experts, from Metro Detroit to the U.P., who agree it’s time to change the way Michigan’s schools are funded.‚Äč


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Susan Benson

Director, Specialized Student Support

Wisam Brikho

Immigrant Student Services Coordinator

Leah Closson

Project/Department Assistant

Cynthia Cumming

Mental Health Wraparound Facilitator

Maresa Keels

Specialized Student Support Coordinator-Mental Health

Kelly Phillips

Community And School Transition Coordinator