As part of the 2015-2017 District Restructuring, Ferndale Schools has combined its Elementary programs into a single-track elementary with two buildings:

  • Ferndale Lower Elementary School, located at the Theodore Roosevelt Building, is home to all K-2 students.

  • Ferndale Upper Elementary School, located at the John F. Kennedy Building, is home to all 3-5 students and our Lower Elementary Montessori Program (1st - 3rd grades).

Learn more about our curriculum changes:

The Benefits of this Model

Bringing our students together in buildings designed and dedicated to the child’s age, developmental milestones, and specific needs is what makes our elementary model a leader in learning. Not only will our students learn, grow, and develop with each other; our teachers will be able to share instructional practices and resources. Having a large team of educators focused on each grade level will support student achievement and teacher dialogue to ensure equity in each classroom.

Our Lower Campus School is designed with the young child in mind. It is a school where children feel safe, loved, included, and empowered, and where they experience joy and happiness. It is a school where play is valued as part of the learning process, and a school where music, movement, outdoor learning, art and logic are embedded into everyday learning.

Our Upper Campus is dedicated to providing our students in grades 3 - 5 a school where engagement and a love of learning is at the heart of all practices. It is a school where students are motivated to persevere, take risks, challenge themselves, ask questions, find answers, and feel empowered to learn and seek leadership within the school.

One School Family, Two Dedicated Campuses

Ferndale Elementary students and families will be a part of an innovative new model of education: 1 school that finds homes on two different physical campuses within the Ferndale community. Each campus will have a whole-child approach that embraces our Open Classroom heritage.

The Ferndale Elementary Lower Campus is a school where learning meets the needs of students as individuals and is structured around mastery of basic skills through developmentally appropriate practices. It houses all students in Kindergarten through second grade.

The Ferndale Elementary Upper Campus is a school where learning meets the needs of students as individuals and is structured around mastery and critical thinking. Practices and assessments are aligned to achieve learning goals and outcomes. It houses all students from third grade through fifth grade.

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