Ferndale Family Partnership

Student driven. Family directed. District and Community Supported.

Beginning January 4th, the Ferndale School District will be launching our Ferndale Family Partnership (FFP) for students in Kindergarten - 8th grade. Additional opportunities are available for students in 9-12th grade. 

If you have any questions, please contact Lea Morris, Administrative Assistant, (360) 383-9200 or lea.morris@ferndalsd.org. We look forward to teaching and learning with you!


Note: The Ferndale Family Partnership Program will not offer in-person instruction while the school district is offering a remote learning model due to COVID-19.

What is the Ferndale Family Partnership Program (FFP)? 

It is the core belief of the Ferndale Family Partnership program that parents and other adults at home are the primary educators for the children in their care. With that in mind, the role of the program is to support home learning by providing resources, access to a highly certified teacher, and engagement in a learning community to support their journey. Rather than replace home learning, it is our intention to help complete or enhance home learning. This partnership between home and school creates an excellent opportunity for children to grow and learn and still have access to special services through the district and ongoing teaching support.

Ferndale Family Partnership meets all Washington State requirements as an Alternative Learning Experience. These requirements include each student having a unique Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP) designed collaboratively with families, students, and certificated staff. The WSLP is updated monthly to reflect the student’s learning, interest, strengths, and challenges.  

The role of the parent/guardian in the FFP program:   

  • Provide support and instruction for your child. 
  • Communicate at a minimum once a week with program teachers around your child’s progress toward their student learning plan (SLP) goals.
  • Turn in a Monthly Progress Report regarding progress towards your child’s academic goals on the 20th of each month.
  • Plan on your student fully participating in the state testing each spring.
  • Read all emails and communications from school to stay informed about all the Ferndale Family Partnership happenings.

What FFP is not:

  • FFP is not a five-day a week online program.
  • FFP does not follow the same instructional model as our brick and mortar school. If you are enrolled in our FFP, that will become your assigned school. However, if you should decide to transition back to your neighborhood school we will support families in that process. 
  • FFP is not just a social program for homeschool families as there are academic expectations outlined by the teacher and the co-created student learning plan.
  • For the 20-21 school year FFP will not offer in-person instruction due to COVID-19. 

FFP would be a good option for you if:

  • You do not want the screen time involved in our online five-day per week Distance Learning option that is currently in place due to COVID-19.
  • If you do not want your child’s school schedule to potentially change throughout the school year.
  • If you have the flexibility to support your child in their learning.