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Fort Wayne Community Schools

Welcome to the new FWCS website! We are excited to launch this improved resource. As we fully transition to this site, you may run into missing content or broken links. Please be patient as we upgrade all of our pages. If you find something that needs to be fixed, please send a message to our webmaster.

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welcomes all children

Students in FWCS are assigned to a school based on their residence. Families may also choose a school outside their attendance area by filling out a school choice lottery application.

Determine school eligibility

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Address & Age

Determine which school your child is assigned to based on your home address in our online address lookup.

Students wishing to register for pre-K must be four years old by Aug. 1 or for full-day Kindergarten must be five years old by Aug. 1 of the upcoming school year in order to be eligible.

School choice opportunities

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  • Students have the opportunity to attend any FWCS school by taking part in the annual School Choice Lottery. 
  • To do so, you must complete an application during the annual lottery enrollment period. Students are accepted based on space availability. Those students not selected will be put on a waiting list.
  • Students inside and outside of the FWCS district boundaries are welcome to apply.
  • Transportation is not provided for students who transfer to another school except for magnet schools and Programs of Study.

Required registration information

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Gather your documents.

  • Student ID (Birth Certificate and the name and address of the last school the child attended)
  • Parent ID (The parent must present a photo ID and the name of the parent must be on the child’s birth certificate. A guardian must provide custodial documentation)
  • Official Immunization Records
  • Proof of Residency


Complete registration

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Register online through the myFWCS Parent Portal during the open enrollment period.

Please contact FACE with additional questions regarding registration at 260-467-2120



News & Announcements

Culinary Arts Learning Lab where students collaborate and learn about the food industry.

The cooking lab offers a large open space allowing the students to more easily collaborate and learn the skills needed to become the chefs of tomorrow.

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Career Academy is hosting a tour of its state-of-the-art Culinary Arts Learning Lab. The tour is at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Bill C. Anthis Center, 1200 S. Barr St. 

Students make cookies in the Culinary Arts Learning Lab.

The cooking lab offers a large open space allowing the students to more easily collaborate and learn the skills needed to become the chefs of tomorrow. The Career Academy and industry partners are dedicated to nurturing our young culinary talent and teaching them innovative ways to prepare food. Local industry partners include Umi, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Obi Cai Restaurant Group, Hideout 125 and Mercado, the owner of which is a graduate of the Culinary Arts Program at the FWCS Career Academy. 

Students in the Culinary Arts Program learn a wide variety of skills, including baking theory, pastry arts, nutrition, food preparation, cost control, food safety, culinary math and principles of purchasing, storage and preparation of food and food products. 


FluMist offered to FWCS students

Fort Wayne Community Schools is pleased to announce that Super Shot is offering FluMist at all district schools on October 23 – 26.

Fort Wayne Community Schools is pleased to announce that Super Shot is offering FluMist at all district schools on October 23 – 26.  This is the single best way to protect students against seasonal flu and create a healthy school environment. Offering flu vaccines in schools is convenient for families and is offered at no charge, but insurance information must be provided.   This also supports the goals of the Indiana Department of Health and Allen County Health Department.

“We are committed to increasing access to health and wellness services for our students,” said Krista Stockman, FWCS Director of Communication and Marketing. “FWCS appreciates Super Shot’s partnership in ensuring all of our students have access to flu vaccinations.”

There is no cost for students to receive an in-school FluMist, but insurance information must be provided if insured. Students must sign-up by Sept. 21. The link for Fort Wayne Community Schools students to sign up is or parents may call Super Shot at 260-424-7468 for any help with the sign-up process or to sign-up via a translator. Translators are available in Spanish, Burmese, and other languages on request.   

Connie Heflin, Executive Director of Super Shot, Inc., a local non-profit dedicated to making vaccinations convenient and affordable for Allen County families, emphasizes the importance of immunizations.

"Getting vaccinated reduces illnesses, students missing days of schools, and parents missing work when they need to take care of sick children,” she said. "Offering FluMist at school is easy for students since it’s not an injection, but a nasal spray, and easy for parents, since it’s done during the school day.”

FWCS budget to increase slightly in 2024

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on reviewed the proposed 2024 budget, which projects the Operations and Education Funds to increase a combined 5 percent.

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, Sept. 11, reviewed the proposed 2024 budget, which projects the Operations and Education Funds to increase a combined 5 percent. The Operations Fund pays for transportation, capital projects, custodial and other operating expenses, and 92 percent of the Education Fund pays for teachers and staff at schools. 

Although COVID ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) grants end in 2024, a portion of educational spending is planned to continue and will be absorbed into the Education Fund budget. Of the more than $158 million allocated to Fort Wayne Community Schools through ESSER, nearly $75 million was spent to improve air quality in buildings and reconfiguring classrooms. 

A proposed budget for safety and well-being initiatives is also included in the 2024 plan. In June 2023, the Board approved placing a referendum on the Nov. 7, 2023, ballot asking voters to approve funding for safety and well-being efforts throughout the district. The referendum proposes a maximum of about $12 million per year to be collected. However, if the referendum is successful, the district recommends only collecting $7.2 million the first year.   

Other highlights of the proposed 2024 budget include: 

·        A reduction in transportation expenses as the FWCS Transportation Department evaluates its bus inventory. The department sold 74 buses during the past two years and will not purchase any new buses in 2024. 

·        Stable enrollment at Fort Wayne Community Schools with more than 28,500 students and nearly 2000 teachers in the classrooms. 

Board of School Trustees reviews 2024 budget

The budget will be available online Tuesday, Sept. 12, at A public hearing on the proposed 2024 budget will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, in the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St. Board members will vote on the plan at the Oct. 23 Board meeting.  

FWCS serving farm fresh corn on the cob

Nutrition Services has been forging connections with regional farmers through the Northeast Indiana Food Network.

Summer in Indiana brings the golden harvest of corn, and Fort Wayne Community Schools' Nutrition Services is thrilled to announce its partnership with Kurtz Produce in New Haven. Together, they are serving farm-fresh corn on the cob for school lunches. On Thursday, Aug. 31, students at middle and high schools will enjoy 220 dozen shucked ears of this local treat. 

Nutrition Services has been forging connections with regional farmers through the Northeast Indiana Food Network. Their goal has been to secure a reliable source of fresh fruits and vegetables to enhance student meals. That has been challenging given the size of the district. 

Nonetheless, Nutrition Services remains dedicated to providing nutritious and delicious options. They are actively creating new menu items that seamlessly incorporate locally sourced produce, benefiting both the USDA Fresh Fruit and Snack Program and the breakfast and lunch menus. 

This initiative aligns with the USDA's enthusiastic support for farm-to-school partnerships. Beyond offering healthier options, these collaborations reflect a commitment to community development and a robust endorsement of local agribusiness. 

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What’s going on at FWCS?


by the numbers



  • 13,920 Pre-K - 5
  • 6,289 Middle School
  • 8,436 High School



  • 30 Elementary (K-5)
  • 10 Middle Schools (6-8)
  • 5 High Schools (9-12)
  • 2 Early Childhood Ctr.
  • Alternative School 
  • CTE School 
  • Innovation Lab 
  • Intermediate School 
  • Virtual Academy 



Fort Wayne Community Schools exceeds national graduation rates



10,487 miles per day 
Nearly 2 million miles traveled per year



All FWCS students are offered free meals (breakfast & lunch)
66% eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals



1,939 Teachers
972 Full-time Employees
1,139 Part-time Employees



There are more than 70 languages spoken by our ELL students from more than 70 countries 
3rd most diverse schools district in the state of Indiana



Special Education students including non-public school students served


Voices of FWCS


Jada Nicole

Being at the FWCS Career Academy at Anthis helped me greatly because I earned college credits, and it gave me an internship at a really good preschool. It gave me a chance to
start working in my career at a young age.

Class of 2023


Kimberly Swain

FWCS is a great place to work because there are so many opportunities to learn and grow as an educator.  Our staff truly love what they do!


Early Childhood Education Instructor
FWCS Career Academy


Kyra Nolan

I am pleased with the opportunities FWCS creates for my daughter now and the seeds that are being sown for her future success. I adore the great spirit of community that exists among our school families. My daughter is learning so much and most importantly, she is excited about learning!

Croninger Elementary School


Derek Leininger

I have worked my entire career in FWCS and my child attends FWCS because this is our community. As a principal, I have the opportunity to make our community better by supporting our staff, students and families. As a parent, I know my daughter receives engaging, rigorous learning experiences as she continues to thrive.

Glenwood Park Elementary



The Vincennes Early College Program (at North Side) along with other rigorous classes have allowed me to get an early start on my college education. By the time I graduate, I’ll have a year’s worth of college credits because of the classes I’ve been able to take. Knowing this definitely makes my goals for the future more obtainable.

Class of 2023

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