Welcome toFerndale Middle School

Ferndale Middle School 725 Pinecrest Ferndale, 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.

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2023-24 Back To School Information

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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

 Learn all about our Clubs, Athletics, & Activities 

 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.

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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.

FMS News

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FPS Families Support the Arts

Wednesday night, three Ferndale Family groups dedicated to supporting the music and fine arts programs of the district held their first meetings of the 2023-24 school year. BandAid, Orch-Support and Fine Arts Boosters (FAB). Great ideas were shared, and members planned out a great year!


FMS Social Justice Course

Social Justice students 6-8 working and supporting each other while reading the class book “New Kid” as part of our Identity lesson. 

The Social Justice elective is a one semester course for middle school students to examine issues that impact diverse groups of people.  The course begins with an introduction to what defines social justice and continues with a close look at disparities based on race,  poverty and gender identification.

The book "New Kid" helps us to truly dive into the term "Identity". In this book there is an African American boy who attends a new school where everyone is very different from what he is used to. He faces many cultural battles with peers at school and teachers as he learns how to navigate a new environment while staying true to who he is. Students really enjoyed reading it!


Tink Visits FMS

Tink, a certified therapy dog, who lives with Mr Turner of FMS, made her first visit of the school year. 

Tink, who is certified through the Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, visits FMS on the 1st Friday of every month. Today, she was joined by one of her therapy pals, Annie, a pointer. 

Be sure to stop by the FMS commons during lunch, or swing by room 301 to get some puppy love!


Let the Dominoes Fall

During Social Emotional Learning (SEL) sessions this week at FMS, several students learned to deal with frustration appropriately through play. While standing up the dominoes, sometimes they would fall, and students would have to start over. One student in Mrs. Collins class, Exzavior, demonstrated executive functioning skills by developing a harm reduction strategy: completing small sections at a time so that only a small section would fall if an accident occurred. Once the small sections were all set, students went back and carefully filled in the gaps with more dominoes. During the lesson, the dominoes accidentally fell many times, but everyone practiced walking away, deep breathing, talking about what was frustrating (including positive self-talk), before coming up with solutions.

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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 Eric Bruner &

Asst. Principal Bob Francis

Dr. Bobbie Hayes Goodrum
Assistant Principal