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.
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)
(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.
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.
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.
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 Social Media
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
- 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.
- North Central Accreditation 2013-2018
- 2012 Michigan Reward School
- Official Michigan Emerald School-Michigan Green Schools
Principal's Corner: Radhika Issac
Ferndale High School
FHS students planned, prepared, and stocked a new Community Pantry outside of FHS. English Teacher Kandis Pagonas led the project with students from her class.
"After a year of struggling to make and maintain connections, my students and I really wanted to do something that would bring us together and help the community at the same time," Kandis said. "After tossing around some ideas, we chose to create a community pantry. We know that the last year has been extraordinarily hard on many families, and this was a small chance for us to give to the community. After a year of virtual learning, it really felt good to do such a hands on project. We hope to continue adding to the pantry and already have some other ideas for ways we can give back to the community."
All community members are welcome to take from the pantry and to make donations of non-perishable food items. (Nothing that will rot or needs refrigeration, please.) Thank you, Kandis and students for this wonderful opportunity to share with our neighbors.
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 email@example.com.
This issue focuses on our science learning goals and methods, presented by grade ranges. Please take a look, and stay tuned for future issues introducing our other pillars of education.
This week, Major Zachary Shea presented Ms. Mikolajewski with a flag from the US Army. This flag honored Ms. M’s work teaching Major Shea’s daughter, Cora, and supporting their family while he was deployed for the last 11 months.
Thank you Ms. Mikolajewski for supporting all of our Ferndale Families, and thank you, Major Shea, for your service to our country and for helping us to honor the other ways people are serving in our community!
Runner's World featured UHS Grad Joe Robinson (class or 2009) in an inspiring follow-up article recently. Robinson co-founded the Detroit running group , We Run 313, which now includes more than 250 runners. Read the article to discover how Joe is supporting healthy lifestyles, engaging social change, and supporting neighbors in need through running and community building.
Upcoming event dates and times can be found on our Returning to Learning Building Info page.