A Message from the Superintendent
A Year of Firsts Coming to Ferndale Schools
The calendar has flipped to August and that means school is right around the corner. September 8th will be here before you know it, and with it will bring an exciting new year of "firsts" for Ferndale Schools.
As part of our commitment to innovation and quality programming that serves all the children of our community, from preschool through graduation, Ferndale Schools are now offering a number of new academic programs across the district.
This year marks the beginning of the all-new Early Childhood Center! This new program will house all of our outstanding early childhood programs under one roof. Located at the Harding Building, the Ferndale Early Childhood Center will be a state-of-the-art center that will offer programs for our little Eagles from ages 2.5 - 5 years of age.
This year is the first for our new 1st-3rd grade Montessori classroom at Roosevelt Primary School. This free program will consist of a multi-age classroom and will focus on the revolutionary Montessori method of observing and supporting the natural development of children. Montessori educational practices help children develop creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, time-management skills, and care of the environment and each other. We are so excited to offer this unique program within Ferndale Schools.
Our Open Classroom elementary program is moving forward with project-based learning, experiential learning, focused studies, and many other research based techniques that offer students a unique elementary experience. We are looking forward to moving to Open Classroom/Cambridge International classrooms across the districts with our restructuring initiatives. This year, all our teachers will be receiving researched-based international training.
At Ferndale Middle School, we will begin to offer the prestigious Cambridge International Honors program for 7th and 8th graders. Ferndale Schools will be the first district in the state to offer this program. Cambridge International Examinations was established by the University of Cambridge in England, and prepares students for life and helps them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. The world's best universities and employers recognize Cambridge's international qualifications, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career.
Ferndale Middle School is also starting a new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program called Project Lead The Way. This is an international program that was started at the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology.
Through a partnership with Baker College, Ferndale and University High schools will offer an Early College Program this year. This program will allow our students to earn a free associate's degree in one of four career fields - Criminal Justice, Medical Assistance, Marketing, Computer Programming - while in high school!
Ferndale and University High Schools are continuing to improve our Secondary Honors Program. This program offers an enriched high school experience and is the pathway through which students can earn the Advanced Placement International Diploma, recognized and honored by universities all over the world. This is possible because our students have access to over 21 Advanced Placement classes. Our high schools afford students all the opportunities of a large high school with the individual attention of a small high school.
While our students have the summer off, Ferndale Schools never stops working to provide the very best educational opportunities for our students. Enrollment for this coming year is now open to resident and schools of choice students. To join the Ferndale Schools family, call 248-586-8686.
We look forward to seeing you all in the fall. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
With Eagle Pride,
Blake Prewitt, superintendent Ferndale schools
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