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Learn Local at Ferndale Schools

We are more than a school district. We are members and participants in a community. We serve our neighbors by making a commitment to the growth of our students, not just their test scores. In Ferndale, that means supporting the arts while developing math & science curriculum that honors and advances our regional tradition of innovation; it means fostering the development of the whole child & sustaining supportive relationships throughout our district and within the diverse neighborhoods we serve. In collaboration with students, teachers, parents, and local supporters, we are cultivating a community of learners and a purposeful learning environment. Join us at Ferndale Schools and become a part of your community. Live here. Learn here.

The Ferndale Advantage

Ferndale Schools offers a hometown, small school atmosphere that gives our parents, students, and 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.

More than that, Ferndale Schools has created a curriculum and school culture designed and dedicated to the child's age, developmental milestones, and specific needs. It is a focused approach on the whole child that facilitates growth academically, emotionally, socially, and physically. Collaboration between children, teachers, parents, and community members creates a community of learners and a purposeful learning environment. So come join us at Ferndale Schools and be a part of an innovative new model of education built specifically for our incredibly diverse local community.

Take some time to explore all about the incredible opportunities Ferndale Schools offers to all of our students, and check back often to see how we're expanding access to education catered to our community.

Free Range Play Every Day

Growth happens organically when you let it. Cultivating a love of play and allowing kids the freedom to develop has a positive and lasting impact on our children. By making play an essential part of every child’s education every day, we offer our students the opportunity to explore their imaginations, to connect with other kids, and to stretch and grow physically, emotionally, and socially.

As students grow and develop toward higher levels of learning, play also evolves from jungle gyms and kick ball into our renowned athletic programs. By joining some of our 36 active teams, our students learn the importance of cooperation, leadership, perseverance, and poise as they represent their community among their peers.

Come outside and play with your neighbors. Learn Local.



Hand-Crafted Arts Education

Every child carries the seed of creativity. To allow that seed to flourish requires an environment that fosters imagination through play. Our award-winning art & music education programs support a community of blossoming artists, craftspeople and creative thinkers.

The Ferndale Golden Eagles Marching Band has earned 9 of the last 13 State Championships, and our elementary and secondary orchestra earns perfect scores, with students participating in Honors Bands and Orchestras across the region. Our programs attract national attention from magazines and master musicians.

Student artists and performers have had their work featured throughout the city and in art fairs around the area, aided by our relationships with business owners and community leaders. Starting at the earliest ages and stages, creative development is a pillar of a Ferndale Education.

Plant your children where their creativity will bloom. Learn Local.



Organic Growth Curriculum

Children change and grow with the seasons and stages of their lives. Our curriculum and school culture is designed appropriately for the child's age, developmental milestones, and specific needs. A whole-child approach facilitates growth academically, emotionally, socially, and physically.


Children learn from their peers, in the classroom and on the playground. At Ferndale Lower Elementary, Kindergarten through Second Grade students develop learning skills and nurture a love of learning that will guide them throughout life. Our early learning curriculum integrates music, movement, outdoor learning, art and logic every day.

With the transition to Ferndale Upper Elementary, Third through Fifth Grade students benefit from a more focused curriculum that challenges everyone to ask questions, seek answers, and develop leadership skills.

Imagine a place where children don't just grow, they flourish. Learn Local.



Market Fresh Math and Science

Ferndale Schools has brought home top-quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum with project-based learning and elementary coding that starts in Kindergarten and advances into challenging and inspiring curricula for middle school students from Project Lead The Way (PLTW). Through courses in engineering and biomedical science, students gain rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning. Students gain skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and creativity while using industry-leading technology to solve problems.

Our schools also work with local professionals as mentors and classroom assistants in programs like our top-ranked Impi Warriors FIRST Robotics team and our four FIRST Lego League teams, inspiring the next generation of elementary engineers.

Accelerate our regional legacy of innovation. Learn Local.