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Learning Initiatives

The Big Three

Three “Big Ideas”, which are based on our strategic commitments, are guiding our work in Ferndale School District.

1.   Advancing Core Instruction

Creating a school improvement plan for every school

Developing and implementing a consistent program to

deploy the Common Core State Standards into all classrooms at all grades

Completing a revision of the Elementary Report Card and Progress Report

2.   Increasing the Graduation Rate

Putting in place an electronic early warning system of dropout indicators

Implementing a one-to-one mentorship program for students

Starting a campaign that connects our entire community to the efforts of a PreK-12 graduation process

3.  Improving Communication, Culture and Sense of Community

Redesigning the district website

Implementing Best Year Ever strategies like being more present in schools and in the community, reporting good news stories, and developing new holiday procedures

Conducting an education equity audit of our policies, practices and programs

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

PBIS is our framework for talking about student behavior.  In 2013, our administrative team made a long term commitment to bring the PBIS framework to all Ferndale Schools.  In 2014 our school board made adoption and implementation of PBIS a policy.  We are now engaged in the long term process of developing and refining PBIS best practices at all schools.

Visit the main PBIS Page

Teacher Principal Evaluation Project 

TPEP is our evaluation and professional development aged in the long term process of developing and refining PBIS best practices at all schools.

Visit the main TPEP Page

The Five Dimensions of Teaching and Learning

In 2011 we adopted the Five Dimensions of Teaching and Learning Framework as our tool for talking about teaching.  Developed by the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Washington  “The 5D+” is designed to give teachers and instructional leaders the precise language they need to talk about and refine teaching practices in every classroom.

Visit the main Five Dimensions Page

Sexual Health Education (SHE)

Ferndale School District is committed to providing comprehensive, scientifically accurate Sexual Health Education.

* Please note curriculum we use is linked below.

Sexual Health Education

Grade Level

Adopted Curriculum


Elementary (Grade 4)

Great Body Shop Resource (pdf)

Menstruation Video

Puberty Video


Elementary (Grade 5)

Great Body Shop Resource (pdf)

Puberty/HIV Resource (pdf)

Puberty and You Video

HIV Video


Secondary (6-12)


Family Life and Sexual Health (FLASH)


Health Education Parent Information Review:

Ferndale School District has scheduled its annual Puberty (4th & 5th Grade) and HIV/AIDS (5th Grade) Health Education Materials Review for parents of students in 4th and 5th Grade for Wesnesday, October 12, 2022 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Ferndale School District Office located at 6041 Vista Drive in Ferndale.  Washington State law (RCW28A.230.070) requires that HIV/AIDS education be taught in the public schools from grades five through twelve.  There will be an opportunity to review both the 4th & 5th Grade Puberty Education materials and the 5th Grade HIV/AIDS Curriculum, and teaching staff will be on hand to answer questions about both topics