The New Ferndale Elementary Family

As part of the 2015-2017 District Restructuring, Ferndale Schools has combined its Elementary programs into a single-track elementary with two buildings:

Ferndale Elementary School - Lower Campus, located at the Theodore Roosevelt Building, will house K-2 students and our Lower Elementary Montessori program.

Ferndale Elementary School - Upper Campus, located at the John F. Kennedy Building, will be the new home for all 3-5 students.

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The Benefits of this Model

Bringing our students together in buildings designed and dedicated to the child’s age, developmental milestones, and specific needs is what makes our elementary model a leader in learning. Not only will our students learn, grow, and develop with each other; our teachers will be able to share instructional practices and resources. Having a large team of educators focused on each grade level will support student achievement and teacher dialogue to ensure equity in each classroom.

Our Lower Campus School is designed with the young child in mind. It will be a school where children feel safe, love, included, empowered, experience joy and happiness. A school where play is valued as part of the learning process. A school where music, movement, outdoor learning, art and logic are embedded into everyday learning.

Our Upper Campus is dedicated to providing our students in grades 3 - 5 a school where engagement and a love of learning is at the heart of all practices. It will be a school where students are motivated to persevere, take risks, challenge themselves, ask questions, find answers, and feel empowered to learn and seek leadership within the school.

One School Family, Two Dedicated Campuses

Ferndale Elementary students and families will be a part of an innovative new model of education - 1 school that finds homes on two different physical campuses within the Ferndale community. Each campus will have a whole child approach that embraces our open classroom heritage.

The Ferndale Elementary Lower Campus will be a school where learning meets the needs of students as individuals and is structured around mastery of basic skills through developmentally appropriate practices. It will house all students in Kindergarten through second grade.

The Ferndale Elementary Upper Campus will be  a school where learning meets the needs of students as individuals and is structured around mastery and critical thinking. Practices and assessments are aligned to achieve learning goals and outcomes. It will house all students from third grade through fifth grade.