FWCS enrollment climbing - September 19, 2006

Record Number: 2611
Displayed from: Sep 19, 2006 , until: Oct 02, 2006

Following three years of slight decreases, Fort Wayne Community Schools is posting a healthy increase in the number of students. And, those students are getting increasingly more diverse. The official enrollment tally that will be sent to the Indiana Department of Education shows 31,943 students or 362 more students than last year's 31,581. Increases in enrollments ensure that education and nurturing programs funded by the state will continue at a slightly higher level. In 2005-06, the enrollment reflected 30 fewer students than the previous year's 31,611 students. The 2002-03 student count was 32,231. Meanwhile, FWCS continues to boast an increasingly diverse student population. The number of Hispanic students climbed for all three levels: elementary from 1,861 in 2005-06 to 2010; middle from 710 to 738 today and high to 809 compared to last year's 720. While the number of African American students remained steady, Asian American and multi-racial categories went up this year as well. To meet the needs of the district's increasingly diverse students, FWCS will offer the following new courses to its high school curriculum next year: Hispanic Studies, Hispanic Literature; African Studies and African American Literature. Specifically, elementary enrollment is up from 15,129 last year to 15,438. While FWCS saw a slight drop in the number of middle school students from 7,109 in 2005-06 to this year's 7,022, gains were made in the number of high school students enrolled. This year there are 9,475 students in the district's six high schools compared to 9,343 last year at this time. The state's official enrollment date was Friday, September 15. FWCS joins other public schools across Indiana in compiling their data to provide to the state Department of Education. NOTE: The district's total enrollment reflects an additional eight students being provided educational services at the Allen County Juvenile Center (ACJC).

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.