Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our fantastic school district.
Ferndale Public Schools is four square miles located in southeast Michigan that includes the cities of Oak Park, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, and the Charter Township of Royal Oak. Ferndale Schools educates over 3,000 students each year, spread out across an early childcare center, two elementary schools, a middle school, two high schools, and one alternative/adult education program.
Ferndale Schools offers a hometown, small school atmosphere that gives our parents, students, teachers, and community an opportunity to really get to know one another. The district is large enough to provide a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular offerings, but small enough to maximize student participation and maintain a community feel.
Our Central Focus
Ferndale Schools' mission is to provide all students with an exceptional education that prepares them for college, careers, and success in a diverse society.
Vision (Crafted Through Equity Work)
At FPS, we are a school family of continual learners. We support each and every student to develop their purpose, plan, and passion. We encourage and honor dialogue about the histories, cultures, and goals of our communities. We actively and intentionally facilitate equitable access and representation, meaningful participation, and high expectations for ALL.
All students can learn what they need if we have high expectations and they have the right support. Ferndale Schools is committed instilling a love of learning into our students and making them ready for college, careers, and lifelong education.
All official emergency school closings will be announced first on www.ferndaleschools.org and our District Facebook page. You can also stay tuned to local television channels Fox 2, WDIV-4, and WXYZ-7, and radio stations WJR-760 am, and WWJ-950 am, for the latest news on school closings. The district will also send out a notification to all households via our School Messenger system - you will receive a phone call and email if school is canceled.
Emergency closures may result from inclement weather, equipment failures, power outages, or other unforeseen circumstances. Updates will run on the local cable access educational channels, and here on this website. The district will make every effort to avoid canceling school during the school day.
Tornado Watch/Warning Procedures
The district will remain in session during a tornado watch or warning. Whenever a tornado watch or warning is issued, all students and staff will remain in the buildings.
If a warning occurs, everyone in the building at the time will take shelter in designated areas. Parents who are at the school when a warning is issued are urged to use caution and stay in the shelter area with their children.
The National Weather Service recommends that people in the path of a tornado should go to a basement or central interior room on the lowest floor possible; stay away from windows; abandon cars and mobile homes for a reinforced building, ditch or culvert. In the case of a severe thunderstorm, stay in a reinforced shelter away from windows.
All after-school activities will be canceled if a tornado watch or warning is in effect at the end of the normal school day.