Learn More About FWCS During Tuesday Tours - January 10, 2014

Record Number: 10565
Displayed from: Jan 10, 2014 , until: Jan 29, 2014

Families are invited to visit Fort Wayne Community Schools’ elementary, middle and high schools during Tuesday Tours on Jan. 14, 21 and 28.

Each school in the District will offer tours during school hours to allow families to see the work going on in each building prior to the Jan. 31 deadline to submit school assignment applications. Families can visit most elementary schools from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. and middle and high schools from 8-10 a.m. Bunche Montessori and Towles Intermediate schools will offer tours from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and noon-2 p.m.

Each year, about one-third of FWCS families take advantage of the District’s School Choice program. Students are assigned to a school based on where they live, but families can also choose from any of the District’s other schools. FWCS has seven magnet schools, which offer a variety of special programs. Bunche (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten) and Towles (first through sixth grades) offer Montessori instruction; Towles offers New Tech at seventh and eighth grades; fine arts programs are offered at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten), Weisser Park Elementary School (first through fifth grades) and Memorial Park Middle School (sixth through eighth grades); Croninger Elementary School focuses on communications; and Irwin Elementary School specializes in math and science. Magnet schools have no boundaries and draw students from throughout the district.

In addition to the traditional curriculum, each FWCS high school has a Program of Study, which provides students an opportunity to participate in a special program or take career-oriented elective classes. The Programs of Study include: Project Lead the Way-Engineering at Northrop; Global Studies at North Side; Project Lead the Way-Biomedical at Snider; International Baccalaureate at South Side; and New Tech Academy and Business at Wayne.

Parents wanting to request that their child attend a different school must complete and return an assignment application by Jan. 31. Applications are available at each school and online at www.fortwayneschools.org. If there are more applicants than spaces available at any of the schools, lotteries will be held to determine admittance. The lotteries will be held on Feb. 28 with elementary at 9 a.m. and middle and high school at 1 p.m. in the Board Room at the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St. The lotteries are open to the public.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.