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School Choice Lottery

Lottery Application

Fort Wayne Community Schools welcomes all students. Students are assigned to a school based on residence, but as a district of choice, families can also choose another school within the District. FWCS has successfully offered school choice for nearly 40 years. Families interested in applying for a school must fill out an application and submit it by the deadline. All applications received after the on-time deadline will be accepted but considered as late and be placed on the waiting list. A public lottery will be held when applications exceed spots available at a specific school or grade level. Transportation is not provided to students who transfer to another school, except those enrolled in a magnet school or a Program of Study.

The FWCS School Choice Lottery opens Monday, Dec. 4. On-time applications are accepted through Monday, March 4, with the lottery drawing held on Wednesday, March 27. With changes at the high school as we transition from Programs of Study to Schools of Success, there will be some changes to the high school lottery process.

Important Dates

  • Nov. 27, 2023 - Letters mailed to families with students in fifth and eighth grades regarding next school to attend.
  • Dec. 4, 2023 - Lottery Opens
  • Dec. 4, 2023-March 4, 2024 - On-time Lottery Window
  • The Month of January - Meet the Magnets! Tours at FWCS Magnet Schools. Please call ahead to set up an appointment
  • Jan. 11, 2024, 6-7:30 p.m. - South Side 9th Grade Orientation & Open House
  • Jan. 16, 2024, 5-7 p.m. - North Side 9th Grade Orientation & Open House
  • Jan. 18, 2024, 6-7:30 p.m. - Snider 9th Grade Orientation & Open House
  • Jan. 22, 2024, 4-5:30 p.m. - Fort Wayne Virtual Academy 9th Grade Orientation & Open House
  • Jan. 24, 2024, 6-7:30 p.m. - Wayne 9th Grade Orientation & Open House
  • Jan. 25, 2024, 6-7:30 p.m. - Northrop 9th Grade Orientation & Open House
  • March 4, 2024 - Lottery Deadline (On-time)
  • March 27, 2024 - Lottery Drawing Day
  • March 28, 2024 - Lottery Results Available on myFWCS Parent Portal
  • September 2024 - Lottery (On-time/Late) Concludes

How to Apply

Applications for the school choice lottery are accepted online through the myFWCS Parent Portal.


Need Help?

  • Families new to FWCS will need to create an account and then select Begin New to FWCS.
  • If you have experience any technology issues or need technical support, contact the FWCS Help Desk at 260-467-4357, send a message through Let’s Talk or text 260-250-2929.

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High School Lottery Changes for 2024-25

  • As Fort Wayne Community Schools moves to its Schools of Success model, most Programs of Study will be phased out.
  • Students currently enrolled in a Program of Study at any FWCS high school and receiving transportation because they are in a Program of Study will continue to have access to transportation through senior year as long as they remain in the Program of Study.
  • Beginning with the current lottery, no additional students will be accepted into Programs of Study at North Side, Northrop and Snider high schools or the Early College program at Wayne High School.
  • Lottery applications will be accepted for students interested in enrolling in New Tech Academy at Wayne or the International Baccalaureate program at South Side. Transportation will be provided to students enrolled in these programs as long as they are outside the No Transportation Zone for the school they selected.
  • The Class of 2028, next year’s freshmen, will be the first to participate in the FWCS Schools of Success. Ninth graders will be part of the FWCS Freshman School of Success at their high school.
  • Beginning in 2025-26, the Class of 2028 will select which School of Success they will follow through graduation: the School of Health Sciences & Human Services; the School of Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology & Trades; or the School of Business & the Arts. Each high school will offer programs in all three schools.
  • Families are still welcome to apply to a school other than their geographically assigned school, but transportation may not be provided.

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