Ferndale Middle School

Ferndale Middle School

Serving Grades 6-8

Ferndale Middle School is incredibly unique. FMS offers the small-community feel and personalized attention that Ferndale Schools is famous for, with unprecedented opportunities that come with being located on the Ferndale High School campus.

The mission of Ferndale Middle School is to challenge its school community to attain its highest levels of achievement while providing an environment that is safe, orderly, and respectful of individual and cultural differences.

Points of Pride 

  • Opportunities for advanced students to take high school classes and compete in high school band
  • 3 years of Spanish
  • 25% of student body in National Junior Honor Society
  • 6th grade Overnight Camp
  • 8th grade trip to Washington D.C.
  • Student Activities: SAFE Night, Green School, charities, athletics, clubs


students in hallway

Academic Excellence

Nearly 25% of FMS students are inducted into the FMS National Junior Honor Society for high academic achievement. FMS also offers many honors classes to its students. FMS students interested in extra homework and studying help can participate in after-school tutoring sponsored by the Ferndale High School National Honor Society and Ferndale Youth Assistance.


Ferndale Middle School offers more elective classes than any other middle school in Southeast Michigan. These electives allow students to customize their education to what interests them.

World Languages

Beginning in the fall of 2018, Ferndale Middle School will offer Spanish classes for all three years, from 6th-8th grade. Students completing three years of Spanish in middle school at a satisfactory level will be able to enroll in AP Spanish when entering Ferndale High School.

Project Lead The Way logo

STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, Engineering)

PLTW provides engineering and biomedical science curricula that challenges and inspires middle school students. Students get rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning. They use industry-leading technology to solve problems while gaining skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and creativity. 

PLTW is the nation's leading STEM solution and is taught in over 6,500 schools across the country. Ferndale Middle School is the only middle school in the area to have PLTW and is currently offering two foundational units: designing and modeling, and automation and robotics. 

Cambridge Program

The Cambridge approach aims to develop learners who are:

  • confident in working with information and ideas - their own and those of others
  • responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others
  • reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn
  • innovative and equipped for new and future challenges
  • engaged intellectually and socially, and ready to make a difference in the world.

Beginning in 2017, Cambridge ELA curriculum will be used to deliver ALL middle school ELA course content.

Cambridge Curriculum for all students:


 Social Studies (Global Perspectives)

Language Arts (ELA)

 6th - 8th

6th - 8th 


Honors Classes offered for those who qualify:



Language Arts (ELA)

 6th - 8th

6th - 8th 


Performing Arts

One of the hallmarks of a Ferndale Schools education is the opportunity to participate in the district’s award-winning fine arts program. FMS students are offered opportunities to participate daily in Wind Ensemble; Symphony and Jazz Band; Symphony, Concert and Fiddlers Orchestra; and Advanced, Concert and Jazz Choir. All ensembles participate in concerts and large group festivals, where they consistently receive superior and excellent ratings.

Educating the Entire Child 

Ferndale Schools is dedicated to educating the entire child. That is why we offer awesome athletic electives like Gym and Swim, but also encourage students to leave their comfort zones and be leaders in electives like Speech and our Peer-to-Peer class, in which a mentor student is matched with a special education student for one-on-one support.

After-School Programs

Ferndale Middle School school provides an active after-school program that includes additional opportunities to participate in sports. All sports are available for both 7th and 8th grade students who are eligible.

FMS courtyard



Clubs & Activites

FMS Clubs & Activities

 Anime Club
 Book Club
 National Junior Honor Society
 Power Hour Tutoring
 Recycling Club
Jazz Choir
Jazz Band
 Language Club

 Peer to Peer
 Student Council
Student of the Month
WEB Leader Program


FHS Early Start

One of the greatest FMS Advantages is early access to High School level clubs & activities at Ferndale High School.

 Color Guard (8th Grade Only)
 First Robotics (7th & 8th Grade Only)
 Marching Band (8th Grade Only)






Girls Basketball 

Boys Basketball 



Co-ed Wrestling 




Track & Field


Co-ed Swimming



FMS Principal: Jason Gillespie

Jason Gillespie most recently taught 5th grade at Coolidge Intermediate School. He has 13 years of middle school teaching experience within Ferndale Public Schools in the math, science and social studies departments.

Mr. Gillespie has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University and a master's degree in School Leadership and Administration from Wayne State University.

He is a proud graduate of Ferndale High School (Class of ‘92) and is a third-generation Ferndale Public Schools educator. His wife is also a teacher at University High School in Ferndale. Together they have 3 children.

"My vision is to provide a well-rounded middle school education in a safe and nurturing environment," says Mr. Gillespie. "One that encompasses high academic expectations and provides a rigorous and engaging curriculum while inspiring a passion for learning. Furthermore, it must include an athletic program that develops the body and mind, fine arts opportunities that encourage creativity, and extracurricular activities that deepen the middle school experience."

Contact Mr. Gillespie at Jason.Gillespie@FerndaleSchools.org  or call 248/586-8830. 


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6th Grade

In an effort to support middle school students’ organizational needs, we have developed this color-coding folder system for each of our classes.  Students will also need a GREEN (AM) 3-ring binder and RED (PM) 3-ring binder.

Folder Colors

Science GREEN  
Social Studies RED  
Math BLUE  
English Language Arts YELLOW  
Electives PURPLE  


Language Arts

  • 2 composition notebooks
  • pens
  • pencils
  • two 2-pocket folders (two because they wear out about mid year)–YELLOW      
  • colored pencils

Social Studies

  • 1 composition notebook
  • two 2-pocket folders–RED     


  • composition notebook
  • two 2-pocket folders–BLUE     
  • pencils
  • hand held pencil sharpener with debris catcher


  • composition book
  • two 2-pocket folders–GREEN     


nice to have but not required:

  • Fine point markers
  • a few assorted sharpies
  • 2-5 glue sticks
  • colored pencils

Highly Encouraged

  • Planner/Daily Calendar (to keep track of assignments)
  • Sign up for a library card at the public library
  • Gym clothes (6th graders will be expected to dress for gym class)
    • shorts
    • t-shirt
    • gym shoes

7th & 8th Grade

In an effort to support middle school students’ organizational needs, we have developed this color-coding folder system for each of our classes.  Students will also need a GREEN (AM) 3-ring binder and RED (PM) 3-ring binder.

Folder Colors

Science GREEN  
Social Studies RED  
Math BLUE  
English Language Arts YELLOW  
Electives PURPLE  


  • 12 – 2-pocket folders
  • 6 composition or spiral bound notebooks
  • Pens
  • pencils
  • set of colored pencils
  • 2-3 glue sticks
  • sharpie markers
  • 3" x 5" notecards

Highly Encouraged