Welcome to our Ferndale Schools Family!
You can become a member of the Ferndale Schools Family in several ways:
District residents are able to enroll their students at any time. The Ferndale School District includes parts of Ferndale, parts of Oak Park, parts of The Charter Township of Royal Oak and all of Pleasant Ridge. You can verify that you live in the district by viewing our district map (include map link) or by calling the enrollment office, 248/586-8686.
Schools of Choice:
Ferndale Schools also participates in the Schools of Choice Program. This program allows students who reside outside of the district to be able to enroll within Ferndale Schools. Each of our Schools of Choice programs have a different criteria for enrollment. Below are the Schools of Choice options for the 2017 - 2018 School year:
Schools of Choice - Section 105 (Oakland County Residents Only)
- Kindergarten - 10th grade: March 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017
Schools of Choice - 105c (Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb County)
- University High School: March 1, 2017 - September 15, 2017
- Tri-County Educational Center(Grades 9-12): March 1, 2017 - September 15, 2017
What to Bring When You Enroll
- Original Birth Certificate with the seal for Student(s)
- Transcript and drop-slip: grades 10-12
- Report Card: grades 1-9
- Vision Screening: Kindergarten Only
- Immunization Records (Up to date)
- Completed Enrollment Packet or fill out in the Enrollment Office
- Four Proofs of Residency:
1: One piece to prove you either own or rent the home: a current Lease (or landlord statement with contact information; landlord will be contacted) or mortgage statement.
2: A valid Driver's License or State ID Card with current address information
3/4: Two current, postmarked bills in the parent/guardian's name for the residence, covering a service period ending within 30 days of the enrollment date. See enrollment packet for more details.
Residency Affidavit, if you are living with someone and do not own/rent your own home, the person you live with is required to prove their residency in the Ferndale Schools as indicated above and the parent/guardian is also required to have 2 pieces of current business mail not handwritten in the parent/guardian's name at the current address, and have to pick up a notarized affidavit from the Enrollment office to have signed by both parties and a notary. It is a legal document verifying you and your children are residing at that home.
- Guardianship Papers, if applicable.
- Special Education Documents (Current IEP/MET) for students receiving Special Education Services.
For Current Students
As part of the district restructuring transition, Ferndale Public Schools will allow parents of elementary students who have unique and special academic concerns to follow the guidelines on the Student Placement Form for the 2016-2017 school year and submit it to the enrollment office. District Student Placement Form
Please review all the content of this document before submission and contact us with any questions.
MPAAA has received several communications from members regarding the Kindergarten Age Requirements and if parent notifications will be allowed after the 2016-2017 school year. Some of this confusion may be a result of a recent MEA Online Newsletter about the Kindergarten Age requirements and a bill signed by Governor Snyder.
The MEA Newsletter said:
“The new cut-off birthdate for enrolling kindergartners in Michigan public schools is December 1 as prescribed by PA 479. Parents must notify the school district in writing that they intend to enroll a child in kindergarten for the upcoming school year.”
This legislation, signed by Governor Snyder, removed the language in the School Code that originally required parents to notify districts by June 1 and August 1 of their intention to enroll their kindergarten student born between the new cut-off date and Dec. 1 – the School Code language now matches the State School Aid language. MCL 388.1701 and 380.1147. http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2013-SB-0492 .
Here is the language in the law: MCL 380.1147 http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billenrolled/Senate/pdf/2013-SNB-0492.pdf.
In a nutshell,
1) The school years of 2013, 2014, 2015 were years of transition for the change in Kindergarten age (deadlines of November 1, October 1, and September 1 respectively).
2) Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year and beyond (unless the law changes), a student must be 5 years old by September 1 of that school year to enroll. However, a parent or legal guardian may notify a district of their intention to enroll their child for that school year as long as the child will be 5 not later than December 1 of that school year [Section 6(4)(I)(iii)]. At this time there is no sunset for this provision.