Ferndale Upper Elementary School

Ferndale Upper Elementary 24220 Rosewood Oak Park, MI 48237 Phone 248-547-0880

Grades 3-5 & Montessori (K-2)

About FUEL

When our Second Graders transition to the Ferndale Upper Elementary School (3rd - 5th Grade) they benefit from a more focused curriculum that challenges everyone to ask questions, seek answers, and develop leadership skills. Parental involvement is a key component of this program, fostering a partnership between school and home. Parents regularly volunteer inside the classroom, for school events or provide enriching support for their child at home with home-school projects.

Ferndale Upper Elementary is also the new home to Ferndale Lower Elementary Montessori.

Montessori is a multi-age educational model for self-guided learners

Bell Schedule

  • 8:38am to 3:38pm (M,T, Th, F)
  • 8:38 to 2:38pm (W)

Upcoming FUEL Events

  • 30 May
    • Memorial Day / No School
      Date: May 30
      Location: All Sites - All Spaces
      Calendar: Ferndale Upper Elementary Calendar
    • Memorial Day — No School
      Date: May 30
      Location: All Sites - All Spaces
      Calendar: Ferndale Upper Elementary Calendar
    • FUEL: FUEL NO SCHOOL Memorial Day
      Date: May 30
      Time: 8:38 AM to 3:38 PM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FUEL Building Wide
      Calendar: Ferndale Upper Elementary Calendar
    • FUEL: Motor City Chargers (ROT)
      Date: May 30
      Time: 5:35 PM to 6:55 PM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FUEL Gym
      Calendar: Ferndale Upper Elementary Calendar
  • 31 May
    • FUEL: 5th Grade Camp 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
      FUEL: 5th Grade Camp
      Date: May 31
      Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FUEL Cafeteria, FUEL Off Premises
      Calendar: Ferndale Upper Elementary Calendar
      5th grade overnight camp @Camp Carvell...Leave FUEL May31 @ 9am...Pick-up @ Camp Carvell on June 2nd @ 11am


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Preregister for SACC Before & After Care

A preregistration form is now available for AM and PM childcare through our School-Aged Child Care (SACC) program. This is a fee-based service offered to Ferndale Schools families. Pricing can be found at FerndaleSchools.org/SACC

SACC Preregistration Form


7th Grade Overnight Camps Take Learning and Fun Out of the Classroom

The 7th graders enjoyed amazing weather for their overnight camping trip at Camp Cavell. The students travelled to Lexington on May 5th and 6th with Mr. Wallace and Mr. Turner.

They learned to skip stones, kayak, hike, make s’mores, climb trees, and so much more!


Students were also invited to play games and complete challenges that build community while teaching cooperation, problem solving,and creative thinking.


We look forward to planning next year’s camp, and hope to see even more families and students there.



5th Grade Marches to the Detroit Zoo

FUEL's 5th graders walked to the Detroit Zoo this Thursday with Mr. Davis!  It was the first time in several years that this tradition was able to come together. The Oak Park Police helped the group cross the service drive and everyone had a great time in the perfect weather.



Diversity Bookfest Brings Together Community

Families and students joined us in the FHS Courtyard this Wednesday for our first annual Diversity Bookfest! Samples of the new books were ready aloud in age-appropriate groups, and tables displayed some of our favorite additions to the school library collections focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. This initiative is made possible with support from the local community as well as our district staff and families. Anita's Kitchen also catered the event.




  • Elementary band, orchestra and choir lay the foundation for "One of the Best Communities for Music Education" award
  • Award-winning Green School
  • Outdoor Education experiences
  • All-School play/talent show
  • Food drives and service learning projects
  • Active parent, volunteer and tutoring programs

Our Staff

Principal: Katie Jeffrey

Katie Jeffrey is a graduate of Ferndale High School and Michigan State University and has been a Ferndale Public Schools educator since 2005. After working as a teacher and administrator at University High School for eleven years, Mrs. Jeffrey became the FUEL principal when it opened in Fall 2016 and has worked with the incredible FUEL staff to live into both our School Charter and our FUEL vision of focusing on the whole child - where we help to fuel student engagement, empowerment, and joy in their individual learning by focusing on the power of relationships.

Mrs. Jeffrey can be reached by contacting the school office at 248-547-0880 or via email at katharine.jeffrey@ferndaleschools.org.


Katie Jeffrey


Marcie Dupuis
Kelly Jacobs