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Ferndale is a city in Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. It makes up 3.88 square miles of the Detroit metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 19,900. Ferndale is primarily residential, with a smaller commercial and industrial sector in the southeast part of the city. Ferndale’s business district is anchored by the intersection of Woodward Avenue and 9 Mile Road, where privately owned shops, storefronts, dance clubs, bars and numerous restaurants are featured. Ferndale is well known in the Detroit area for its LGBT population and progressive policies. It is also the setting for the NBC sitcom Undateable.

Centered on the iconic intersection of Woodward & Nine, Downtown Ferndale is a geographic designation, a favorite destination and a mindset that embraces the diversity of culture, class and creativity. Within its 3.9 linear miles encompassing Nine Mile Road from Paxton to Pinecrest and Woodward from Marshall to Oakridge, are 350+ businesses, most owned and operated by inspired entrepreneurs, driven by a personal passion to deliver goods and services in engagingly unique ways.

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Ferndale Public Schools’ mission is to provide all students with an exceptional education that prepares them for college, careers and success in a diverse society.

Preschool
Ferndale Schools’ Early Childhood Center (FECC) is a high-quality preschool servicing children ages two and a half to four and is FREE to Oakland County families who qualify. Our building hosts Ferndale Head Start, The Great Start Readiness Program, our District’s Early Childhood Special Education program, and Little Eagles Preschool, our tuition-based program.

Early Childhood Center (Preschool)

Primary School
Theodore Roosevelt Primary School (K-3)

As a primary school, Roosevelt is designed with the young learner in mind. Teachers use curriculum and learning techniques based on brain-research that enhance visual learning and include music and movement while taking into consideration the individual strengths and needs of each child. Additionally, the Open Classroom program’s reputation for excellence is based on a philosophy that fosters independence, promotes self-directed learning, and provides instruction in a project-based environment. Students attending Roosevelt Primary School transition to Coolidge Intermediate School for grades 4-6.

John F. Kennedy Elementary School (K-6)

John F. Kennedy School offers a magnet program called Open Classroom. The Open Classroom has more than 30 solid years of a reputation for excellence, and is based on a philosophy that fosters independence, promotes self-directed learning through the Habits of Mind, and provides instruction in a project-based environment. 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.

Calvin Coolidge Intermediate School (4-6)

The mission of Coolidge Intermediate School is to create a partnership with students, parents, and community members that will strive to: promote academic proficiency and the use of critical thinking skills using quality educational programs.

Middle School
Ferndale Middle School (7-8)

Ferndale Middle School is incredibly unique. FMS offers the small community feel and personalized attention that Ferndale Schools is famous for, with unprecedented opportunities that come with being located on the Ferndale High School campus.

High School
Ferndale High School (9-12)

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 program, students can graduate high school with a FREE associate’s degree.

University High School (9-12)

University High School is a co-educational public high school with a rigorous college prep curriculum. UHS is for students committed to success in high school and beyond. College Success is goal #1 for UHS students. University High School operates a partnership with Wayne State University and UHS juniors and seniors may earn college credits at WSU through dual enrollment. Admission to WSU is guaranteed to qualified UHS graduates.

Alternative School
Tri-County Educational Center (9-13)
The Recreation Department provides residents and visitors several varieties of youth and adult oriented recreation leagues; a Community Center that offers a fitness center, an eclectic assortment of classes, youth programming, and senior services, and administration of several activities that are clean, green, safe, and accessible throughout our 15 Community parks.

During the 2013 annual State of the City address, Mayor Dave Coulter announced the creation of a Blue Ribbon Commission on Ferndale Parks. The purpose of the Commission was to gather input and ideas from the community on possible attractions and upgrades to the city’s 15 parks and recreation centers. Any alternative idea for the parks put forth by the commission could not incur any new introductory costs to the city.

The City of Ferndale is pleased to announce the launch of our new Ferndale Dog Park. Located on south Hilton Rd. at University St., the new dog park offers a number of amenities for four-legged residents and their owners, including safe key-card access, fenced large- and small-dog play areas, sitting areas, and more. The park is available to Ferndale residents for an annual fee.

OLHSA has home and yard work resources available to assist older adults who can no longer maintain their yards and homes. Services include lawn mowing every other week, snow removal over two inches, and minor home repairs. Must be 60 years or older and meet income requirements.
ROSIE O’GRADY’S

Rosie O’Grady’s is the top sports bar in Ferndale. They just recently moved and remodeled the entire inside so it’s better than ever. They have a full kitchen where they serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. They have a large outdoor covered patio to relax on.

279 West Nine Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 541-7674

THE BOSCO

The Bosco finally got a sign out front so it’s no longer a mystery where it’s located. Bosco is a very relaxed bar with lots of seating and couches. Its a great bar to relax outside on their patio in the summer when its warm out and they even got some outside heaters when there’s a chill in the air. Kick it at The Bosco every weekend for music and dancing in the lounge with some of the area’s funnest DJs. Try The Bosco if you are looking for a good time.

22930 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 541-8818

ONE-EYED BETTY’S

One-Eyed Betty’s is a bar and restaurant with a huge selection of tasty beers and delicous drinks along with an extensive menu of food such as wings, seafood, sandwiches and soups. With their friendly staff, One-Eyed Betty’s is a clean spaceous place that can accomodate a person going in a for a quick bite to eat or a drink, or if you want to have a whole group of people. There’s room for everyone!

175 W Troy St.
Ferndale, MI 48220
248-808-6633

SNEAKERS PUB

Sneakers is one of the best dive bars in Ferndale. For those that want a relaxed no pressure bar enviroment, this is the place. The drinks are always cheap along with the tasty food. The staff is friendly along with its patrons. Their kareoke nights are highly recommended and lead to endless amount of fun.

22628 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
248-545-8243

SOHO

The martini’s at the Soho are highly recommended as you listen to some great rock or house music. The staff is friend and the atmosphere is very chill. The big plasmas TV show music video’s throughout the night. There themed nights are a big hit with the diverse crowd that goes to Soho.

205 W 9 Mile Rd.
Ferndale, MI 48220
248-542-7646

DANNY’S IRISH PUB

Danny’s Irish Pub has been a staple of Ferndale for years. Its the perfect place to grab a drink after tough day at work. With great drink choices and nice prices, Danny’s is always a good time for you and your friends. Danny’s also has an affordable food menu with burgers and chips that are outstanding along with a great jukebox and pinball machine.

22824 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 546-8331

TONY’S SPORTS BAR

Tony’s is that quintessential neighborhood bar with cheap drinks, delcious burgers, and great bartenders. It’s a place where you can relax and catch the big game, and be surrounded by a great group of patrons. With sports memorabilia flooding the walls, it’s a great dive bar for the sports nut in all of us.

23500 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
248-545-2920

WOODWARD AVENUE BREWERS (THE WAB)

The WAB is the place to go to in Ferndale if you like microbreweries. They have 7 of their own beers on tap and you can even get half gallon beers to go or full kegs. They have a small food menu but the food is very good. There are two floors of seating and also a small patio area outside. If you are into Breweries or drink micro brews then there are many other places around Michigan.

22646 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 546-3696
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