Towles Intermediate School ... Fact Sheet - August 18, 2006

Record Number: 2569
Displayed from: Aug 18, 2006 , until: Aug 21, 2006

In early 2005, FWCS announced its decision to close Geyer as a traditional middle school and reopen it as a Montessori magnet program. The move was made to expand the district's magnet offerings by building on an effective and popular option the Montessori program. . Although Geyer had made academic progress, it continued to face sanctions under No Child Left Behind as a Title I school. On Monday, Aug. 21, it opens as Towles Intermediate School. Houses the grades 1-8 Montessori program. Prek and kindergarten Montessori program is at Bunche Early Childhood Center, 1111 Greene St. This year there are 400 students, with projections that next year enrollment will increase to 675. The school day at Towles begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:35 p.m. to meet state requirements of 360 instructional minutes. The new elementary feeder pattern is: Abbett to Lane to South Side Fairfield to Shawnee to South Side Harrison Hill to Miami to South Side South Wayne to Portage to South Side Geyer students have been assigned to middle schools based on the above elementary feeder pattern. The English as a Second Language program at Geyer has moved to Miami Middle School. Athletics at Towles for sixth-eighth graders will include girls and boys soccer, basketball and track; as well as girls volleyball. There will also be intramural sports and cheerleading. The name of the Geyer facility was changed to Jeff H. Towles Intermediate School in memory of the first African-American Board president who provided exemplary leadership during the period of desegregation in FWCS. He was instrumental in developing the district's acclaimed magnet program which continues to ensure that FWCS elementary schools are racially balanced. The Board approved the name change on Nov. 28, 2005. All teachers and assistants at Bunche and Towles have completed Montessori certification training. Towles will hold a dedication ceremony from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 8 at the school. The public is invited.

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.