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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees Monday night approved a contract to expand the Alive Community Outreach program to all five high schools in the District.
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees Monday night approved a contract to expand the Alive Community Outreach program to all five high schools in the District. The expansion will be paid for by funds from the recently passed well-being and safety referendum.
The current Alive Peacemaker program has been in place at South Side High School for two years. The expansion will enable Alive to place Peace Advocates at all five high schools supported by a Program Director. The Peacemaker program is built upon the six principles of nonviolence taught by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Participating students take part in the summer Peacemaker Academy, attend Peace Club at school and are mentored by a community volunteer program called the Peace Grannies and Grampies. Through these interactive experiences, students gain a deeper understanding of social justice issues and develop nonviolent ways to resolve conflict and promote peace.
“We are excited to extend the reach of the Alive Peacemakers to every high school at Fort Wayne Community Schools," FWCS Superintendent Dr. Mark Daniel said. "Today more than ever, empowering our students to be a catalyst for positive change while fostering a culture of peace and understanding is very important.”
The Alive Community Outreach was created by Angelo and Marie Mante following the tragic death of Angelo’s cousin. They later added the Peacemaker Academy to the program. Expanding the Peacemakers to all high schools at FWCS shows a commitment to cultivating a generation of Peacemakers equipped to be positive change makers at school and in the community.
“In the wake of increasing youth violence, our partnership with FWCS represents a critical step forward,” said Alive Executive Director Angelo Mante. “Intentional peacemaking has never been more essential. We are committed to building peace, one student at a time, confident that these efforts will not only transform lives but also our community at large”
About 40 students from throughout the district have already graduated from the current Alive Peacemaker Academy.
Students representing the future workforce of Northeast Indiana will compete in the upcoming SkillsUSA Regional Competition.
Students representing the future workforce of Northeast Indiana will compete in the upcoming SkillsUSA Regional Competition.
FWCS Career Academy Construction Trades, Automotive, Welding and Advertising Design programs are hosting competitions from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 3.
The public is invited to stop by the Construction Trades facility, 125 Murray St., to witness the talents of nearly 50 construction students. The young men and women will compete in the areas of Carpentry, Cabinetmaking, Masonry, HVACR, Electrical, Sheet Metal, Plumbing, Job Skills Demonstration and TeamWorks. These competitions represent some of the most highly skilled, in-demand trade professions in the entire country.
Automotive competitions will take place at the Ivy Tech Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith Busse Technology Center, 3701 Dean Dr.; Welding at the Local 166 Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Training Center, 2930 W. Ludwig Road; and Advertising Design at the University of Saint Francis School of Art, 2701 Spring St.
The top five performers in each category will earn a spot to compete at the SkillsUSA Indiana State Leadership and Skills Conference in April.
Admission to watch the regional events is free.
Starting in the 2024-25 school year, Amp Lab will welcome 80 non-FWCS students to participate in this unique learning community.
Amp Lab at Electric Works continues to redefine education and is now expanding to allow more students to take advantage of the program. Starting in the 2024-25 school year, Amp Lab will welcome 80 non-FWCS students to participate in this unique learning community.
Incoming 11th and 12th graders in Allen County will be able to enroll in Amp Lab for the first time in 2024-25. Interested families are invited to attend an information session to learn more. All sessions take place at Amp Lab at Electric Works, 1030 Swinney Ave.
Amp Lab Open House:
· Thursday, Feb. 1, 5:30-630 p.m.
· Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
School Day Tours:
· Thursday, Jan. 25, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
· Thursday, Feb. 8, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
· Tuesday, Feb. 20, 9-10 a.m.
To register for one of these events visit https://amplab.fortwayneschools.org/interested-students. Applications are being accepted until Friday, Feb. 23; interested students can apply through their high school counselors.
“We have been blessed at how this community has embraced Amp Lab, and we know this is the right step to continue to build experiences for teenagers to fall in love with their own community,” Amp Lab Director Riley Johnson said. “It is about building a brighter future for Fort Wayne today.”
Since opening in August 2022, Amp Lab has redefined education. Students work to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and gain workplace skills by working with businesses, organizations and agencies to solve real problems. Students then take what they have learned to launch ventures for businesses and non-profits in the Fort Wayne community. Students who want to build a portfolio in a highly collaborative environment on the Electric Works campus should apply. Amp Lab students earn dual credit through an exclusive partnership with Indiana Tech and participate in internships and other work-based learning opportunities.
“The Amp Lab experience is truly one-of-a-kind,” FWCS Superintendent Dr. Mark Daniel said. “We are proud of what our students have accomplished, and are committed to ensuring that every student in our community has the opportunity to reshape their path and prepare for the day after graduation.”
The accomplishments of Amp Lab students are extraordinary. Last year, students Emilie Henry, Seth Cavinder and Adrianna Senteney were recognized as state finalists in the Innovate WithIN entrepreneurship competition for their tech-enabled communication device, Communi. This year, student Kamiah Fomby was the only black female teenage finalist in Parkview Health and Matter's Health Kids Healthy Future competition for her mental health app, One Day at a Time.
Fort Wayne Community Schools’ five high schools and the Fort Wayne Virtual Academy are hosting Freshman Orientation & Open House events throughout the month of January.
Welcome, Class of 2028! Fort Wayne Community Schools’ five high schools and the Fort Wayne Virtual Academy are hosting Freshman Orientation & Open House events throughout the month of January.
As part of the orientation, students and their families will have a unique opportunity to learn about the transition to high school from 8th grade. They will also get a firsthand look at what will be offered within the Schools of Success and learn how this new education initiative will connect core academic studies to real world experiences and career pathways. Information on programs offered at the FWCS Career Academy and Amp Lab at Electric Works will also be available.
Families interested in multiple high schools may attend as many of the open houses as they like. Presentations on the Schools of Success will be similar at each school, but the high schools will also have additional details about their specific academic and co-curricular programs. Those wanting to enroll their child in a school other than their currently assigned school can complete a School Choice Lottery Application through Monday, March 4. Applications are accepted online at https://fwcs.info/lottery.
Orientations will be held at the respective high schools:
· South Side High School, Thursday, Jan. 11, 6-7:30 p.m.
· Snider High School, Thursday, Jan. 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
· Fort Wayne Virtual Academy, Monday, Jan. 22, 4-5:30 p.m. (Online Open House)
· Wayne High School & New Tech Academy, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 6-7:30 p.m.
· Northrop High School, Thursday, Jan. 25, 6-7:30 p.m.
· North Side High School, Monday, Jan. 29, 5-7 p.m. - RESCHEDULED FROM JAN. 16
Fort Wayne Community Schools is 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. Learn more about the Schools of Success at www.fortwayneschools.org/schools-of-success.
475 E. State Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
- 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
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.