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Fort Wayne Community Schools

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Fort Wayne Community Schools

At Fort Wayne Community Schools, we are committed to transforming education to ensure students are ready for life after graduation, whether they enroll in higher education, enlist in the military or enter the workforce as an employee or entrepreneur. Through our Schools of Success, students will have experiences connecting their core academic studies with real world relevancy. From the moment students enter FWCS, they will see themselves in the Portrait of an Explorer (elementary), Portrait of a Connector (middle school) and Portrait of a Graduate (high school). FWCS launches the Freshman Schools of Success at each of the district’s high schools in the fall of 2024.

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FORT WAYNE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

welcomes all students

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.

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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 in the myFWCS Parent Portal. 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.

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

 

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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

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News & Announcements

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The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees is seeking applicants to fill the open District 4 seat following the resignation of Rohli Booker. 

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees is seeking applicants to fill the open District 4 seat following the resignation of Rohli Booker. 
 

Vice President Rohli Booker was appointed to the position in 2020 following the passing of board member Jordan Lebamoff and elected in 2022 to a four-year term. On Monday, May 20, Booker announced she was stepping down from the FWCS Board of School Trustees after being named to fill the 6th District City Council seat vacated by former council member and now Mayor Sharon Tucker.  
 
The Board is now accepting written applications to complete Booker’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2026. Applications should include a resume and must be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2024, to Board President Maria Norman in care of Angela Filler, Clerk of the Board, Fort Wayne Community Schools, 1200 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, or e-mail angela.filler@fwcs.k12.in.us
 

Applicants must have residency within District 4 for at least one year, be at least 21 years old and be a registered voter. A map of precincts included in District 4 can be found at https://www.fortwayneschools.org/about-us/board-of-school-trustees. If employed by FWCS, applicants must be prepared to resign their employment if appointed. 
 

Written applications should address the following questions: 

1.     What qualifications, background and skills he/she believes he/she brings that would assist the Board in reaching the district’s Mission and Vision. 

2.     What knowledge/experience he/she has with Fort Wayne Community Schools. 

 
Following the application process, the Board will review applications and may conduct interviews. A decision is anticipated to be announced during a special board meeting on June 17.

 

Ricky Weber is the 2024 FWCS Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Franke Park Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Ricky Weber is the 2024 FWCS Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Franke Park Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Ricky Weber is the 2024 FWCS Elementary Teacher of the Year. Weber has worked for Fort Wayne Community Schools for five years and has been in his current position for two years. Weber’s teaching philosophy is heavily influenced by his more than 30 years of military service; he believes all students are entitled to an excellent education. “I believe that for students to reach their full potential they must grow mentally, socially and emotionally,” Weber said. “My goal is to provide a risk tolerant environment where all students feel welcome, valued and appreciated.”  

Franke Park Principal Dee Dee Larkey said Weber is committed to advocating for each student in his classroom. “His passion for teaching is evident in the extra time and effort he invests to ensure that every student reaches their full potential,” she said. Weber believes for many students, elementary school is where they learn a sense of belonging, are introduced to the diversity of our community and make their first friendships outside their family. 

Finalists: 
Caitlin Boyle, Northcrest Elementary School, Music 
Christina Osei, Waynedale Elementary School, English Language Learners (ELL) 
Erin Patton-McFarren, Whitney Young STEAM Early Childhood, Art 
Tabitha Sprunger, St. Joseph Central Elementary School, Art 
Nora Witmer, Study Elementary School, third grade 

Karyn Brumbaugh is the 2024 FWCS Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Karyn Brumbaugh is the 2024 FWCS Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Karyn Brumbaugh is the 2024 FWCS Secondary Teacher of the Year. She has worked at Fort Wayne Community Schools and taught interior design at Northrop High School for seven years. Brumbaugh’s teaching philosophy centers around fostering a learning environment where students feel safe to take risks, explore their curiosity through creativity and develop the essential career skills of collaboration, critical thinking and communication. She strives to create an inclusive classroom that caters to all students by connecting learning to real-world, authentic experiences, such as the development of the Bear Essentials closet. “Students identified a need for clothing, hygiene products and food among their peers and created a club to establish and manage a resource closet,” Brumbaugh said. “This project exemplifies the power of these initiatives in addressing community needs within their school and promoting social responsibility.” 

Northrop Principal Adam Swinford emphasized that what sets her apart from others is her commitment to working with students outside of regular school hours. Beyond her role as an educator, Brumbaugh is a passionate advocate for teachers and the teaching profession. She is also a team lead and well-respected member of the Northrop staff who coworkers look to for guidance. 

Finalists: 
Ann Applegate, FWCS Career Academy, Culinary Arts 
Whitney Byers, Lane Middle School, sixth grade science and social studies 
Eileen Doherty, Towles New Tech Middle School, sixth grade science 
Jordyn Painter, North Side High School, special education/applied skills 
Amy Ross, South Side High School, Dance 

 

 

 

Kela Guy is named the FWCS 2024 Employee of the Year.

Kela Guy, licensed therapist at Study Elementary School, is the 2024 FWCS Employee of the Year.

Kela Guy, licensed therapist at Study Elementary School, is the 2024 FWCS Employee of the Year. Guy has worked at Fort Wayne Community Schools for 10 years and has been in her current position for three-and-a-half years. She serves as an ambassador for FWCS by providing high quality therapeutic services to students and families, as well as being an active community partner. Guy is known in the community for being a genuine mental health advocate. “I am called to advocate for student's mental health,” Guy said. “I truly see this as an opportunity to serve and on the most difficult days I can honestly say that I love coming to work and working with the students and families of FWCS.”  

Study Elementary Principal Elizabeth Kleber described Guy as a person who is committed to promoting growth and success for each student and collaborates with a wide variety of people to put supports in place when needed. “She sees each child as special and worthy of love, and she makes sure they know that they are important,” said Kleber. That starts at the beginning of the school day when Guy greets students with a high five, fist bump or hug. 
 
Finalists: 
Amanda Berry, Haley Elementary School, School Improvement Liaison 
Ashley Beverforden, Washington Elementary School, case manager 
Tonya Bulau, Price Elementary School, special education assistant 
Carman Harvey, South Side High School, Student Services Secretary 
 

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What’s going on at FWCS?

2023-24

by the numbers

28,629

NUMBER OF STUDENTS

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

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NUMBER OF SCHOOLS

  • 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 

88.9%

GRADUATION RATE

Fort Wayne Community Schools exceeds national graduation rates

14,014

STUDENTS RIDING THE BUS

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

34,603

MEALS SERVED DAILY

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

4,003

EMPLOYEES

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

4,200

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER STUDENTS

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

5,500

SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS

Special Education students including non-public school students served

TESTIMONIALS

Voices of FWCS

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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

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

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!

Parent
Croninger Elementary School

DEREK

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.

Principal
Glenwood Park Elementary

JASMINE

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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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