Bringing our students together in buildings designed and dedicated to the child’s age, developmental milestones, and specific needs is what makes our elementary model a leader in learning. Not only will our students learn, grow, and develop with each other; our teachers will be able to share instructional practices and resources. Having a large team of educators focused on each grade level will support student achievement and teacher dialogue to ensure equity in each classroom.
Our Lower Campus School is designed with the young child in mind. It will be a school where children feel safe, love, included, empowered, experience joy and happiness. A school where play is valued as part of the learning process. A school where music, movement, outdoor learning, art and logic are embedded into everyday learning.
Our Upper Campus is dedicated to providing our students in grades 3 - 5 a school where engagement and a love of learning is at the heart of all practices. It will be a school where students are motivated to persevere, take risks, challenge themselves, ask questions, find answers, and feel empowered to learn and seek leadership within the school.
Open classroom is a focused approach on the whole child that facilitates growth academically, emotionally, socially, and physically. Collaboration between children, teachers, parents, and community members creates a community of learners and a purposeful learning environment. Since the start of Ferndale’s Open Classroom 40 years ago, it has and will continue to include project-based learning, parent/community volunteers, mentors, outdoor learning experiences, and a focus on each child’s self-esteem.
The Cambridge approach to education prepares students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. Cambridge programmes and qualifications set the global standard for international education. They are created by subject experts, rooted in academic rigour and reflect the latest educational research. They provide a strong platform for learners to progress from one stage to the next, and are well supported by teaching and learning resources.
Cambridge Primary is developed for all students and focuses on inquiry-based, reflective learning practices which goes hand in hand with our Open classroom whole child approach to learning.
Ferndale Elementary students and families will be a part of an innovative new model of education - 1 school that finds homes on two different physical campuses within the Ferndale community. Each campus will have a whole child approach that embraces our open classroom heritage.
The Ferndale Elementary Lower Campus will be a school where learning meets the needs of students as individuals and is structured around mastery of basic skills through developmentally appropriate practices. It will house all students in Kindergarten through second grade.
The Ferndale Elementary Upper Campus will be a school where learning meets the needs of students as individuals and is structured around mastery and critical thinking. Practices and assessments are aligned to achieve learning goals and outcomes. It will house all students from third grade through fifth grade.