Each Clarkston Community Schools' student is fully engaged in a globally focused education, from preschool through graduation, that fosters in her/him a sense of self, perspective, responsibility/ownership, and contribution.
Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of 8,100 students. Our 2003 Bond helped us reconfigure our grade level structure to serve students in more age-appropriate settings. We made a commitment to raise the academic bar to an even higher standard, while working to keep our youngsters from "growing up too fast." We now have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves 10th-12th grade students.
Our high school facility includes state-of-the-art technology, a Performing Arts Center, Olympic-sized pool and top-notch athletic facilities. In 2006, we opened a brand new Early Childhood Center.
The school district has maintained a strong vision for the future, and even during these tough economic times, the district has continued to offer a rigorous curriculum and increase programs to better serve the community. Clarkston offers Full Day and Young Fives Kindergarten; an Advanced Studies program beginning in junior high; an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program at the high school level. Our Science, Math and Technology Academy (CSMTech) serves accepted 9th-12th grade students from around Oakland and neighboring counties, and we offer multiple Advanced Placement courses.
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Rigorous, highly comprehensive curricular offerings enable our students to prepare for future success. Clarkston's reputation as an outstanding school district is well established: We have two national Blue Ribbon schools and six others have earned Michigan Exemplary Blue Ribbon school status; Clarkston was recently named as Forbes Magazine's Top Suburbs to Live Well, citing our graduation rates and class sizes; our MEAP scores and Education YES! grades are among the best in Oakland County; and last year alone, our graduates earned over $5 million in scholarships.
The 36-square-mile area surrounding the quaint village of Clarkston offers the beauty of country living with the conveniences of a modern city. With a wonderful Parks and Recreation department, as well as the county park (Independence Oaks) within its limits, Clarkston offers families ample leisure time activities.