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Cobb County School District opened its alternative program school in 1978 when Kenwood High School was formed with the philosophy of helping students mature into adulthood.  Starting with a modest five teachers and approximately forty students, the program was created to provide an optional learning environment for students who were on the verge of dropping out of high school.  The concept grew and in March 1985 the school was renamed Oakwood High School and relocated to the campus of the original Osborne High School on Joyner Avenue in Marietta.  

From 1985 to 2010, Oakwood High School was committed to being the “First Choice for Second Chances” to the students of Cobb County.  Over that time period, the school offered traditional instruction in an open campus alternative setting to thousands of Cobb students who found “home” on a smaller and more intimate campus.  Staying true to the original mission of Kenwood, Oakwood grew to the point that it served up to 500 students at a time and assisted approximately 180 students in earning their diploma each year.

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In the fall of 2010, Oakwood High School campus made another significant transition when it was transformed into Oakwood High School:  Digital Academy.  While the goal of giving students a choice of an alternative setting remains the same, the conversion to the Digital Academy provided a true alternative in instructional format by creating a blended learning environment that allows students to work at their own pace.  The instructional format blends on-line learning with small group instruction and one-to-one tutoring allowing the teachers at the Digital Academy to create Learning Plans that are customize to the specific needs of each learner.

In addition to the Digital Academy, the Oakwood campus also houses the Cobb Performance Learning Center (PLC), a program that combines service to a blended learning environment.  Together, the Digital Academy and PLC provide instruction in an alternative setting and format to approximately 300 Cobb County high school students each day.  There are currently two other Cobb County programs that operate on the Oakwood campus, making it a truly multi-purpose campus.  Oakwood is the home base to the International Welcome Center which serves the district’s families whose first language is not English.  The campus also houses two computer labs that are used for the Cobb Virtual Academy, which provides students opportunities to earn credit on-line while remaining enrolled at their home school. 

If the past is any predictor of the future, it is clear that the Oakwood campus will continue to reinvent itself as necessary to meet the needs of Cobb County students.