Ferndale High School

The Ferndale secondary schools campus offers the small community feel and personalized attention for which Ferndale Schools is famous. Students have access to integrated STEM electives and our top-ranked IMPI Robotics team. We offer over 20 AP courses, award-winning music, drama and art classes, and more opportunities for enrichment at the Center for the Advanced Studies and the Arts (CASA). Students enjoy 17 FREE varsity sports! And now, through our Early College programs, students can graduate high school with a FREE associate’s degree.

  

Career Pathways

Our curricular pathways empower students to self-direct their learning by making course choices to fit their areas of interest and career goals. Each pathway is designed around a broad area of focus:

  • Performing and Visual Arts
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
  • Humanities
  • Entrepreneurship

(Pathways have been designed based on student survey data over the past decade regarding students’ interests and career aspirations.)

Electives are designed to support career-readiness and teach specific skills needed. Juniors and Seniors benefit from individualized offerings like internships, virtual mentors or online classes.


Discover Career Pathways in our Course Catalog » PDF Document


Students are asked to select a pathway by the end of their freshman year, but anyone can change pathways as interests change.The pathways are designed to make sure that students are getting their required credits for graduation no matter which pathway they choose. They appeal to many different types of students, and we have created new classes specifically for these pathways that strengthen their relationship to the themes.

Community Support

In addition to the pathways, Ferndale High School has entered into new relationships and strengthened existing relationships with outside organizations that provide area high school students with non-traditional courses of study, including the Oakland Technical Campus and Oakland Community College, expanding our facilities and teaching resources for every student.

Academics

 

  • National Merit Semi-Finalist

  • Student accepted to Johns Hopkins University

  • Student accepted to MIT

  • IMPI Robotics Team Ranked in the Top 20 in the world

  • Six DECA State Finalists, two DECA National Finalists

  • 38 Students Named to National Honor Society

  • FHS Writers Sweep Marygrove University Writing Awards 

Athletics


 

 Fall 

 Winter 

 Spring 

Boys Soccer 

 

 Boys Basketball 

 Baseball 

 Cross Country  

 Girls Basketball 

 Golf 

 Football 

 Boys Swimming

 Girls Soccer 

 Girls Swimming 

 Wrestling 

 Softball 

 Volleyball 

Bowling* 

 

 Girls Tennis 

Boys Tennis

 

 Track 

 * Club sport

Awards & Recognition

FOOTBALL

  • 9 League Championships
  • 5 Playoff Appearances 
  • 1 State Championship

BASKETBALL

Boys
 

  • 24 League Championships
  • 18 District Championships
  • 2 State Championship

Girls
 

  • 8 League Championships
  • 1 District Championship 

BASEBALL

  • 3 League Championships
  • 6 District Championships

SOCCER

  • 5 2014 All-District Players
  • 3 2014 All-League Players   

SOFTBALL

  • 5 League Championships
  • 1 District Championship 

SWIMMING

  • 2015 Two-Time All-State Athlete

TENNIS

  • 2014 District Champion 

TRACK & FIELD

  • 8 League Championships

VOLLEYBALL

  • 6 League Championships
  • 3 District Championships (Including 2015)

WRESTLING

  • 17 Oakland County Champions
  • 33 All State Wrestlers
  • 17 years of having at least one State Qualifier
  • 4 League Championships
  • 3 District Championships

Recent Team Honors

  • Girls Soccer League Champions

  • Wrestling Undefeated League Champions

  • District Champion Varsity Girls Volleyball Team

RECENT INDIVIDUAL HONORS
 

  • Four Boys Soccer Players named All-District

  • FHS Swimmer earns All-State Honors and Wayne State Scholarship

  • Scholar athlete award finalist

  • District Champion Tennis Player

  • FHS Football Player awarded athletic scholarship to Findlay University

  • FHS Wrestler named All-State

  • Boys and Girls Cross Country State Qualifiers 

Arts & Humanities

 

  • Marching Band Finished in 1st place at MCBA Finals

  • FHS Student Selected for Oakland University Honors Band

  • 11 FHS Students selected for Oakland University Honors Orchestra

  • FHS students earned more than $100,000 in scholarships from Michigan Thespian Festival

  • Student scored perfect 100 at state level solo festival qualifying    for Michigan youth arts festival

  • Every choir, band and orchestra received straight 1s at district festival

  • 3 Ferndale High School students have been invited to perform    in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Orchestra 

Scholarships

 

  • Over $2,000,000 in scholarships were awarded to the class of 2014.
  • Over $100,000 in scholarships were earned by FHS students from the Michigan Thespian Festival.
  • Over $48,278 came from our local clubs, organizations and generous community and school benefactors.

 

Recognitions

 

  • North Central Accreditation 2013-2018
  • 2012 Michigan Reward School
  • Official Michigan Emerald School-Michigan Green Schools 

FHS News

September 6, 2019
Weekly E-blast - September 6th, 2019

Welcome Back! Watch our new showcase video and fill out our survey about the upcoming Bond proposal. We also have quite a few reminders, upcoming events, and opportunities you won't want to miss. Check it out!

Weekly E-blast - September 06, 2019

September 4, 2019
Ferndale Schools Launches New Communication System

We are so excited to share that, this year, Ferndale Schools will be moving to a new communication platform called “Q Communication.” This new platform will encompass all school-to-family communication. This new system will allow families to view communication from all of your students in a single dashboard. Q Communication is also embedded within MiStar, which will allow for a seamless experience for our parents. Now, with a single log-in, parents can access all district, school, and classroom announcements in one place!

Learn More About Q Communications

May 10, 2019
Weekly E-blast - May 10th, 2019

The orchestra is practicing their commisioned composition. Read a sneak peek, and stories about 4th grade camp, book club, teachers of the year, high school & college dual enrollment grads, and more!

Weekly E-blast - May 10th, 2019

May 7, 2019
Orchestra Practices ORIGINAL COMMISSIONED Piece

It is with great excitement that I share an update on the Ferndale Orchestra's commissioned piece. Commissioning an original composition is a unique opportunity for a performance group. Thanks entirely to private donations and the help of OrchSupport and Ferndale Schools Fine Arts Boosters, the Ferndale Orchestra program was able to commission composer Costas Dafnis to compose an original composition for the orchestra to be performed at the Ferndale High School Spring Orchestra Concert. 

I received delivery of the piece on Monday and today was the first ever play through of the piece. I tried to impress upon the symphony orchestra students what a unique experience this was. The very first time that this piece of music had ever been played into existence by actual instruments was what they played in class today. Before then it had existed only as a collection of dots and lines on a page, as an idea in the composers head, or as an electronically generated sound file from a computer. I wonder if they truly grasp how cool that is.  Or maybe I'm just geeking out as a music teacher. :)

The piece is entitled "Like Planted Hearts" and composer Costas Dafnis drew inspiration from the wedding poem that J.R.R. Tolkien (author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy among other things) wrote for his wife Edith on their wedding day.

Lo! Young we are and yet have stood
like planted hearts in the great Sun
of Love so long (as two fair trees
in woodland or in open dale
stand utterly entwined and breathe
the airs and suck the very light
together) that we have become
as one, deep rooted in the soil
of Life and tangled in the sweet growth.

The students will continue to rehearse the piece in preparation for it's public performance debut at our spring orchestra concert on May 21st at 7 pm in the FHS Auditorium. We invite everyone to come be a part of this special once in a lifetime opportunity.  

If you would like to be a part of this project in a more tangible way, we are still accepting donations to go towards the cost of the commission. Donations of $15 and above will be thanked personally in the program. For more details on how to donate please contact me.  

Principal's Corner: Lisa Williams

Greetings Ferndale Families and Friends,

Welcome to the opening of what promises to be a wonderful school year! This is a time of great anticipation of what is to come, and I am excited to re-introduce myself as the new principal of Ferndale High School. My name is Lisa Williams. I most recently served as the principal of Lincoln Middle School in the Van Dyke Public School District. Before that, I served as an Educational Improvement Consultant with Wayne RESA. I worked specifically with Priority Schools in Wayne County where I provided professional development and consulting services in the area of school improvement. Prior to that, I worked in the Ferndale Public School District for eight years. The first five years I served as the Assistant Principal of Ferndale High School and Principal during my last three.  I also taught English Language Arts for eight years at the high school level. I am truly honored to have the opportunity to come back home and be part of the wonderful Ferndale School community and Ferndale High School family.

Lisa Williams
Principal
Ferndale High School

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