The Forest Hills Public School District was founded in 1956 when residents in 13 neighboring one-room schoolhouses consolidated into one district. Their goal was to build a high school for their children and provide a quality education to help children be successful. Today, the Forest Hills district has grown to serve over 10,000 students and includes 18 school buildings, a fine arts center, an aquatic building and senior center, and many more buildings to service our residents, families, students and staff. The Forest Hills district is one of the largest geographic districts in Michigan, as it encompasses approximately 68 square miles.
Every year, we welcome new families and students to Forest Hills Public Schools. Although we service over 10,000 students, we pride ourselves on small class sizes. Our student to teacher ratio is typically 25:1 or less. We feel that moderately-sized schools with manageable size classrooms help the district feel smaller and enable us to stay more connected.
The staff at Forest Hills Public Schools is committed to knowing every student’s interests and gifts and providing educational opportunities that will maximize each student’s preparation for the future. In Forest Hills, our Board of Education leads the way in making every decision based on “what’s best for kids.”
Proof of our commitment to academic excellence can be found in the resources and programs available to students and their families.
The Forest Hills Public Schools Consists of the Following School Building Configurations:
- Five K-4 elementary schools
- Two K-6 elementary schools
- One K-4 Spanish Immersion School
- Two 5-6 only schools
- One 5-6 environmental school
- Three 7-8 middle schools
- Three 9-12 high schools
- One alternative 9-12 high school
- Teacher/student ratio is 25:1 overall
- Gifted and talented consultants, counselors, social workers, psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, resource room teachers, special education teachers, math support, reading specialists
- Technology is integrated across the curriculum
- Comprehensive media centers, K-12
- English as a Second Language program
- Alternative education for high school students
- Traditional and Spanish Immersion preschools (fee based)
- Chinese Immersion Program started with kindergarten in 2008-09
- Forest Hills Spanish Immersion Program:
- Click here to check out our K-12 Spanish Immersion Program
- Preschool is available at Ada Vista Elementary
- K-4 grades are at Ada Vista Elementary Spanish Immersion School
- 5/6 grades are at Northern Trails 5/6 School
- 7/8 grades are at Northern Hills Middle School
- 9-12 grades are at Northern High School
- Team teaching in grades 5 and 6
- Wide range of exploratory classes and electives in choir, band, orchestra, drama, foreign languages, science, math, technology, STEM and STEAM education, and art for grades 5-12
- Dedicated environmental education program and school for fifth and sixth grades
- Approximately 174 high school courses in 12 departments, including 19 AP courses
- 95 percent of our graduates pursue post-secondary education
- Students at Forest Hills Public Schools are known by staff and administrators, and they receive the individualized attention
- Each school has a reputation for academic excellence–all of Forest Hills’ schools have made the Top 100 Schools in Michigan list
- Excellent sports teams; dynamic art, music, and drama programs; clubs and special interest organizations; and established service opportunities provide students the chance to excel in areas beyond academics
Forest Hills Public Schools is proud of the work we do to prepare learners for life in an evolving and expanding world. We have excellent staff, quality facilities, and a vision for the future of education. Our students’ potential is the key to our future, and we are excited to help unlock that potential.
All learners achieving individual potential
In partnership with our community, Forest Hills Public Schools will provide all learners with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to build meaningful and productive lives.
We believe Forest Hills Public Schools is a learning organization, built upon integrity, and to this end: