Welcome toFerndale Middle School

Ferndale Middle School 725 PinecrestFerndale, MI 48220 Phone 248-541-1783

Grades 6-8

Bell Schedule

  • 8am-3pm (M,T,Th,F)
  • 8am-2pm (W)


FMS Difference

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

Afterschool Academic Program

FMS will be offering an afterschool academic program Monday-Thursday until 5:00 PM starting December 6th, 2021. Students will be provided a meal before grouping up for teacher-led instruction and app-supported practice time.

Students are expected to attend all 4 days every week for the entire program length, with minimal absences.

Register by November 29th Click to Learn More

Curriculum Night 2021

Curriculum Night Slideshow 2021 Google Slide 


 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

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

Ferndale Middle School offers 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.

Since 2017, Cambridge ELA curriculum has been 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 

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.

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.

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LIVE Streaming Home Games!

To protect our community and support our student athletes, we will be live streaming the following home sporting events on our News & Sports YouTube Channel!

Ferndale News & Sports Channel

Wrestling – 5:30 pm start

  • Wednesday, January 19


Boys Basketball – JV @ 5:30 pm | varsity @ 7:00 pm

  • Thursday, January 20
  • Tuesday, February 1
  • Saturday, February 12 (varsity only at 3pm)
  • Thursday, February 17
  • Tuesday, March 1

Girls Basketball – 5:00 pm starts

  • Tuesday, January 25
  • Thursday, January 27
  • Tuesday, February 8
  • Monday, February 28
Photo by Julia M Cameron from Pexels

TIME CHANGE: Curbside Meal Pick-Up

Curbside Food Service times will be changed to 8:30-9:30 am, beginning Monday, January 17, 2022. 5 days of meals will still be provided for students currently enrolled in Ferndale Schools virtual learning.

Please see the cubside meal pick-up flyer for details.

Snow Club Seeks Fresh Pow

The FMHS Snow Club is back in session, and students are invited to Mt. Brighton next week! Started last year at FMS, the club now invites 6-12 graders to experience skiing or snowboarding in a safe and supervised environment — have fun on the slopes will developing and improving your skills!

Trips are planned for January 12th & 26th as well as February 2nd, 9th & 16th.

Spots are limited, so it is first come first serve based on completed forms and payment. Additionally, if you are interested in sponsoring a trip for another student as well, please do so using one of the above links, or email michael.turner@ferndaleschools.org.

(Photo by Anne Nygård on Unsplash)


Curriculum Quarterly – Fine Arts & Our Students

The latest FPS Curriculum Quarterly is now available. Our Curriculum & Instruction Department will be releasing a new issue 4 times a year that will briefly highlight areas of teaching and learning in Ferndale Public Schools. We look forward to sharing our programming overviews with you.  If you have questions, please contact Johanna Mracna at johanna.mracna@ferndaleschools.org.

This issue focuses on our Fine Arts Instruction goals and methods, presented by grade ranges. Please take a look, and stay tuned for future issues introducing our other pillars of education.

FPS Curriculum quarterly December 2021

Read the Curriculum Quarterly for December 2021 - Fine Arts Education and Our Students »


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.

FMS courtyard

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 Tech Challange (FTC) (6th - 8th Grade)
 Marching Band (8th Grade Only)





Girls Basketball 

Boys Basketball 



Co-ed Wrestling 


Cross Country


Track & Field


Co-ed Swimming


Our Administration

Principal Melissa Daugherty & 

Vice Principal Bob Francis

Melissa Daugherty
Bob Francis
Assistant Principal
Jean Bokram
Deborah Lofton
Kristin Gregory-Webb
Mental Health Specialist