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

July 30, 2020
New High School Principals

Ferndale Family,

It is with great excitement that I announce the hiring of Radhika Issac as the new principal of Ferndale High School and the promotion of David Gardner as the new principal of University High School.

With 20 years as an educator, Radhika brings experiences as a classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator, and administrator to Ferndale Public Schools. Leading with empathy to build meaningful relationships is what defines both her professional and personal focus. Radhika actively facilitates opportunities to grow equitable access to curriculum and instruction for all students, families, and staff. She has been a learner, leader, and advocate for social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in both at the district and county level.


"I am eager to join the Ferndale Public Schools family. I look forward to connecting with each student, family, and staff member at Ferndale High School as we continue to build a community that honors our history and culture. I will strive to support students and staff as we develop our purpose, create a plan, and find our passions," Radhika Issac, Principal, Ferndale High School.

David Gardner graduated from Ferndale High School and has been a leader at University High School for more than a decade, first as a teacher, then counselor, assistant principal, and now principal. David inspires everyone around him to be a better educator, colleague, mentor, and person. The meaningful and authentic relationships he establishes with students and staff have lead to significant increases in student academic achievement and growth at UHS.

"I am excited and prepared to continue working on behalf of the students, families, and staff of UHS and Ferndale Public Schools. I recognize the strong work ethic and innovative practices of the UHS team and pledge to support them as we continue our journey of equity through inclusive and relevant curriculum and instruction and meaningful socio-emotional practices. UHS is a special place and I consider myself fortunate to be given the opportunity to continue the growth of its student-centered culture," David Gardner, Principal, University High School.

Our Ferndale Family is incredibly lucky to welcome these outstanding educational leaders to their new roles.

Dania H. Bazzi, PhD

Superintendent, Ferndale Schools

June 18, 2020
Remind Replacing Q Communications

Starting on July 1st, Ferndale Schools will be transitioning to a new communication platform, replacing Q Communication with Remind.  While we understand how frustrating it is to learn a new system, this decision was made after careful deliberation and consultation with many staff and community members.  

What is Remind?

If you're not already familiar with Remind, it's a classroom communication tool that makes it easy to stay involved with your child's learning. Remind is free to use, and you'll be able to get and send messages on any device—even a simple text message from your phone!  Remind uses email, text, and telephone calls to help you communicate with individuals or groups quickly and safely.  Many staff, parents, coaches, and students may already be experienced in using Remind.

How does this impact me?

Families are automatically signed up to receive communication from their child's school, teachers, and Ferndale Schools. In order to receive emails, telephone calls, and even text messages, all you have to do is maintain your contact information and manage your personal preferences within our student information system, MiStar. Click here to update your contact information in MiStar.  If you do not remember your login information, please email mistarhelp@ferndaleschools.org.

As part of this rollout, official accounts will be created for all the educators, parents, and students in Ferndale Schools. Around the 1st of July, you'll receive an email or text message from Remind. All you need to do is follow the steps in the message to finish setting up your account. Watch a video demo here to see how Remind works »

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we roll out this new system. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.

June 3, 2020
Former Detroit Lion presents $10,000 Scholarship to FHS Senior

FHS senior Branden Nicholas just received a $10,000 scholarship through the Midnight Golf Program, a leadership development program that teaches students how to navigate life through golf. Branden received a Zoom call from former Detroit Lions player, Devon Kennard, to accept the scholarship.

June 3, 2020
FREE 20 lbs of Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Boxes
Thursdays - 9:00-1:00 - St. David's, Southfield

In conjunction with Lighthouse, St David's Episcopal Church in Southfield will be distributing 20 lb boxes of fresh produce every Thursday through August. Boxes will contain potatoes, onions, celery, carrots, cabbage, apples and strawberries. The hours of the distribution are Thursdays,  9:30 am – 1:00 pm. The church is located at 16200 12 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48076.

Thursdays 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
St David’s Episcopal Church
16200 12 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48076

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Radhika Issac
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Ferndale High School

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