FWCS expands ESL program sites - August 06, 2005

Record Number: 1625
Displayed from: Aug 06, 2005 , until: Aug 22, 2005

Fort Wayne Community Schools will be adding an English as a Second Language (ESL) program to another of its 34 elementary schools this coming school year. Reasons for the move include a firm commitment to ensure academic excellence for all students coupled with the rising number of students entering FWCS who do not speak English as their first language. The new site will be Adams Elementary School, 3000 New Haven Ave. A Title I school, the move will mean students in the ESL program there will have additional resources that other sites do not have. These include: * A preschool program; * Full-day kindergarten; * Reduced class sizes; * School-wide computer lab and small computer labs in each classroom; * An aggressive parent-involvement program that includes Learning Fairs and scheduled classroom activities time for parents. In addition, Adams is the district’s only school boasting a Family Literacy program, operated with The Literacy Alliance. The program offers adult education classes for parents who speak English as a second language. It is free. Parents attend daily for half days. Those parents who have children at Adams also have combined activities in the classroom with their child, including at least 30-minutes each week spent reading together and another 30-minutes working on a computer together. Adams was one of The Literacy Alliance’s two original sites for their Families Learning Together program begun in 1993 and focusing on helping adults learn to read and earn their GED. Because of a growing need to serve non-English speaking adults, three years ago the program at Adams was changed to an ESL curriculum. The new ESL program for students at Adams will alleviate crowding in those programs at Franke Park and Forest Park elementary schools. Students from those schools will be grandfathered into Adams, which is expected to enroll about 30 student this year. We are very excited about the opportunities this site will offer to our students who are learning not just to speak English but all about the culture and customs of a new land,” said Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson. “In addition, Adams’ smaller class sizes, preschool and full-day kindergarten programs are ingredients that early childhood literacy research has shown to have tremendous, positive impact on future student achievement.” For information about the new program at Adams, contact Brenda West, principal, at 467-5850. For information about The Literacy Alliance, call 426-7323.

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.