Fort Wayne Community Schools - Did you Know

Did you know

  • The percent of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, a measure of poverty, has increased from 40% in 2000 to 63% currently.
  • The number of Limited English Speaking students has increased from 500 in 2000 to more than 2,500 currently.
  • There are 79 languages spoken by FWCS students.

Facts that May Surprise You about FWCS

  • FWCS' graduation rates have improved each year and exceed the state average. Last year's graduation rate was 88.9 percent.
  • FWCS spends 61.5% of its non-operational budget on instruction, the highest in the state for funneling dollars into the classroom. The state average is 56.9 percent ranking in the top 10% in the state.
  • FWCS offers a wide variety of quality programs for all students, including seven magnet schools: two Montessori schools and five with focuses on math and science, fine arts and communications.
  • FWCS offers specialized Programs of Study at each of its five high schools, including the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) program at South Side, the New Tech Academy as well as the Business program at Wayne, Project Lead the Way Engineering at Northrop, Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences at Snider and Global Studies/World Languages at North Side.
  • FWCS offers specialized Programs of Study at each of its five high schools, including the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) program at South Side, the New Tech Academy as well as the Business program at Wayne, Project Lead the Way Engineering at Northrop, Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences at Snider and Global Studies/World Languages at North Side.
  • FWCS is serious about improving student achievement in each of its schools. Every school has a teacher coach who works with teachers to improve instruction to students.
  • FWCS was the first school district in the area to offer district-wide full-day kindergarten to all students at no additional cost to parents, even though it is not fully funded by the state.
  • FWCS has the first public school in the nation, Bunche Early Childhood Center, to receive accreditation from the American Montessori Society. Bunche was re-accredited in 2010. FWCS also has the state's only public 1-8 Montessori program, Towles Intermediate School.
  • The FWCS Career Academy at Anthis provides an extensive Career Education Program to 17 high schools in Northeast Indiana, including dual-credit opportunities with local colleges and national, state and local certifications in most programs.
  • Many FWCS schools have received state or national recognition for their programs. Among them: Franke Park Elementary is a NASA Explorer School - the first in Indiana - and Lindley Elementary is part of the International Spanish Academies Program.
  • FWCS provides services to private and parochial schools. Our Nutrition Services Center supplies an average of 500 meals a day to private and parochial schools. Our Special Education Department assists more than 5,272 students in total including 631 students from private and parochial schools.
  • FWCS provides adult education programs including academic classes, HSE preparation, technology, electronics, business and computer classes, recreation and youth and family activities.
  • FWCS offers its own clothing bank and homeless assistance program. During the 2015-16 school year we helped nearly 2,000 students receive new or gently used clothing and provided support for over 700 homeless children.
  • The FWCS Study Connection award-winning community tutoring program serves over 500 students for one hour, once a week, engaging the community with an opportunity to provide positive adult role models with a focus on academic success.