Ferndale High School
The Ferndale secondary schools campus offers the small community feel and personalized attention for which Ferndale Schools is famous. Students have access to integrated STEM electives and our top-ranked IMPI Robotics team. We offer over 20 AP courses, award-winning music, drama and art classes, and more opportunities for enrichment at the Center for the Advanced Studies and the Arts (CASA). Students enjoy 17 FREE varsity sports! And now, through our Early College program, students can graduate high school with a FREE associate’s degree.
Our curricular pathways empower students to self-direct their learning by making course choices to fit their areas of interest and career goals. Each pathway is designed around a broad area of focus:
Performing and Visual Arts
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
(Pathways have been designed based on student survey data over the past decade regarding students’ interests and career aspirations.)
Electives are designed to support career-readiness and teach specific skills needed. Juniors and Seniors benefit from individualized offerings like internships, virtual mentors or online classes.
Students are asked to select a pathway by the end of their freshman year, but anyone can change pathways as interests change.The pathways are designed to make sure that students are getting their required credits for graduation no matter which pathway they choose. They appeal to many different types of students, and we have created new classes specifically for these pathways that strengthen their relationship to the themes.
In addition to the pathways, Ferndale High School has entered into new relationships and strengthened existing relationships with outside organizations that provide area high school students with non-traditional courses of study, including the Oakland Technical Campus and Oakland Community College, expanding our facilities and teaching resources for every student.
National Merit Semi-Finalist
Student accepted to Johns Hopkins University
Student accepted to MIT
IMPI Robotics Team Ranked in the Top 20 in the world
Six DECA State Finalists, two DECA National Finalists
38 Students Named to National Honor Society
FHS Writers Sweep Marygrove University Writing Awards
RECENT TEAM HONORS
Girls Soccer League Champions
Wrestling Undefeated League Champions
District Champion Varsity Girls Volleyball Team
RECENT INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Four Boys Soccer Players named All-District
FHS Swimmer earns All-State Honors and Wayne State Scholarship
Scholar athlete award finalist
District Champion Tennis Player
FHS Football Player awarded athletic scholarship to Findlay University
FHS Wrestler named All-State
Boys and Girls Cross Country State Qualifiers
Arts & Humanities
Best Communities for Music Education 2014
Marching Band Finished in 4th place at MCBA Finals
FHS Student Selected for Oakland University Honors Band
11 FHS Students selected for Oakland University Honors Orchestra
FHS students earned more than $100,000 in scholarships from Michigan Thespian Festival
Student scored perfect 100 at state level solo festival qualifying for Michigan youth arts festival
Every choir, band and orchestra received straight 1s at district festival
3 Ferndale High School students have been invited to perform in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Orchestra
- Over $2,000,000 in scholarships were awarded to the class of 2014.
- Over $100,000 in scholarships were earned by FHS students from the Michigan Thespian Festival.
- Over $48,278 came from our local clubs, organizations and generous community and school benefactors.
- North Central Accreditation 2013-2018
- 2012 Michigan Reward School
- Official Michigan Emerald School-Michigan Green Schools
On May 22nd, 2017, the Ferndale Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the selection of six candidates to interview to become our next Superintendent.
- Dania Bazzi, Superintendent, Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools
- Stephen Bigelow, Superintendent, Capac Community Schools
- Kay Elaster, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
- Phillip Pittman, Director of Curriculum, Allen Park Public Schools
- Yvonne Stokes, Academic Improvement Officer, Indianapolis Public Schools
- Robyne Thompson, Superintendent, East Lansing Public Schools
The Board of Education narrowed the list to the six candidates after thoroughly reviewing all 49 applicants.
“I am thrilled with the expertise, wealth of knowledge and breadth of experience this list of candidates brings to our search for the next Superintendent of Ferndale Public Schools. As we look for the next leader of our district, I am confident that we will find in this pool an accomplished, talented and passionate individual that will be dedicated to our students, schools and community. We look forward to speaking with these candidates during the first round of interviews. I want to encourage everyone invested in our schools to join us during the interview process and provide the Board with their feedback and thoughts,” said Jennifer LaTosch, President, Ferndale Schools Board of Education.
The six candidates will participate in first round interviews next week on Tuesday, May 30th and Wednesday, May 31st. Each evening the Board will interview three candidates. Both meetings will be open to the public and begin at 6pm, in the Ferndale High School Media Center.
The Board of Education will select the final two candidates at the conclusion of the first round interviews on Wednesday night. The finalists will each spend half of the day visiting Ferndale Schools on Thursday, June 1st. The final interviews will then take place on Saturday, June 3rd.
Ferndale orchestra teacher Ben Moy was named Teacher of the Year for District 4 by the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association (MSBOA). Fittingly, Moy, who also swings a mean lightsaber, learned he had received the award on May 4th (May the 4th Be With You), also known as international Star Wars Day.
Congratulations, Ben. We're so glad you have been recognized outside the district for the amazing work we have grown to appreciate over the years.