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Ferndale High School

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Posted June 27, 2014

I would have to say the this is a tad bit above average schools. It has lots of different types of classes to fit the interests of most students. Each year, Ferdale puts on a fantastical play. Each year, the play is sold out each night. This school could inprove by haveing more electives that are fun yet challenging.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 21, 2013

From the leadership on down one of the worst schools ever. I would move if I had a school age child still.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2011

Windward is NOT a part of FHS they are completely different schools. Windward is not a "program".
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Diversity in teaching programs, such as Windward High with a focus on community service.


Posted January 10, 2006

I do notice that the teachers are full of solutions. Unfotunately, the follow through is horrible. They say they want you involved and when you are they don't hold up their end of the deal. What is the use of me taking time off work(without pay) to meet and find solutions to help my child succeed and the ball is dropped on our family. Now I will have a child that will fail a couple of classes because my child and I tried to do what was right and got no results from the teachers. All I can say is thanks a lot. It isn't their future in the wings. You just keep teaching according what will help make the school look good for the WASL testing. That is all that matters to this school. Oh, and the sports department.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2004

The Ferndale school district is so undesireable that we opted to have our children transfer to Meridian, which is a much smaller, less wealthy district. But it's a district that is very superior in the social developemental areas. This should be taken very seriously by prospective students and parents. We had four children start in Ferndale and struggled and then when moved to Meridian they found themselves and prospered and are very successful adults.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2004

Our experience with Ferndale Schools has been all over the board. I can say it can only take one bad, undedicated, unbending and down right mean spirited educator with their own adgenda to throw a family into turmoil! We just about lost one of our children in the shcool system because of this. Because we fought so hard for our child he/she and our family made it through the year. This year is much better because of two extremely dedicated, caring and thoughtful teachers. We are very thankful for these teachers and any teacher like them. As a whole, by talking with other parents, that the kids are sliding through because of lax attitudes and lack of comminitment. This is a shame for our children since this is the profession that these men and women have chosen as their lifes career path.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2004

Our experience with the Ferndale school system has been mixed. My kids have had teachers who were dedicated and committed to maintaining academic standards. These teachers are the Ferndale school system at its finest. Ferndale also has some teachers who inspire mediocrity and underachievement by practicing in it themselves. While the school 'encourages' parental involvement and input, I have found that it only seems receptive to feedback which is noncritical. When I have felt strongly about important issues regarding my children, I have felt that the school generally takes the path that causes administrators the least amount of work. I feel that the needs of individual students run second to the machinery of the system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2004

Ferndale is awesome. Although it is extremely high on the charts for education it also excels in all sport areas. The close attention that each teacher gives to each student is what makes these students achieve accomplishments beyond thier wildest dreams. I highly recommend FHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2003

my son will be a junior there this year, and my other son a freshman. I am well pleased with ferndale high. I have worked with the staff, and feel they are extremely awesome people, whom love their jobs. They actually have a passion for working with the youth and are very good with them. I have had nothing but the best experinces with Ferndale high,I am proud to have my sons there.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 54% in 2013.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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60%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
53%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 82% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 53% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 96% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 22% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
37%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 66% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
54%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
82%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 28% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 61% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 19% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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6%

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 35% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
44%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 30% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 23% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 15% in 2013.

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 34% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 18% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students60%
Female64%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income59%
Not low income60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education60%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

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Geometry

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
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Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Low income97%
Not low income100%
Not special education99%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

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Integrated Math II

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students20%
Female21%
Male19%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native American9%
Pacific Islandern/a
White18%
Low income17%
Not low income23%
Special education4%
Not special education25%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students76%
Female74%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native American70%
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income68%
Not low income81%
Special education70%
Not special education76%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students91%
Female88%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income91%
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

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Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

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Limited Englishn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students6%
Female5%
Male7%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White5%
Low income10%
Not low income0%
Special educationn/a
Not special education7%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
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Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
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Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Geometry

All Students32%
Female36%
Male27%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White44%
Low income27%
Not low income40%
Special educationn/a
Not special education32%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math II

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Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
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Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2010.

335 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

320 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Reading

All Students90%
Female89%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic75%
Native American90%
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income87%
Not low income93%
Special education73%
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female91%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian83%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic78%
Native American67%
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income87%
Not low income90%
Special education66%
Not special education92%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 60%
Hispanic 16% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 2%
Two or more races 4% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 7%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 12%N/A8%
Special education 112%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 239%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 17N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 12N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 78%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Gardening teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dawn Marks

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Graphics
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
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5830 Golden Eagle Dr
Ferndale, WA 98248
Phone: (360) 383-9240

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