We emphasize academic success, responsible citizenship, and a commitment to learning for every member of our school community. With 54 highly dedicated and caring staff members, we are a school rich in human resources. We feel it is important that every student and every parent feel valued and significant in our school. We hope we convey a genuine feeling of warmth and friendliness to you and your child, from the office, on the playground, and in the classroom. We take the responsibility of helping to prepare students for their future seriously. We realize that our children will enter a work force quite different from the one we entered as young adults. Providing a strong academic foundation upon which students can build their lives remains our primary goal. In addition to students demonstrating mastery of basic skills, they will also need to demonstrate the ability to reason, problem solve, communicate effectively and think creatively. In short, they will need to be prepared for effective learning throughout their lives, as students, employees and productive citizens in a global society. Even though academic development is our primary focus, we also place a strong emphasis on character education and responsible citizenship. Our high expectations for appropriate behavior ensure that Fernwood is a safe place for all students. Our efforts to create a positive, learning environment requires that everyone at Fernwood make a commitment to fairness, respect and responsibility. Understanding these virtues is not just intended for children. We realize it is our job to model them every day through our interactions with children, parents and our colleagues.