FWCS sets public meeting - October 16, 2006

Record Number: 2729
Displayed from: Oct 16, 2006 , until: Oct 24, 2006

Fort Wayne Community Schools will hold a state-mandated public meeting next week seeking input from parents and community members regarding improvement strategies for each of the district's 11 schools which have been placed in the achievement category Academic Probation under Indiana Public Law 221. The public meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road. FWCS officials, including principals from each of the schools in this category, will talk about P.L. 221 and the school improvement plans that are designed to increase student achievement. P.L. 221 has five categories in which public schools across the state fall according to student achievement indicators. The categories - from highest to lowest - are: Exemplary Progress, Commendable Progress, Academic Progress, Academic Watch and Academic Probation. FWCS has schools in each of the five categories. A public hearing is required for those schools in the lowest ranking. FWCS' schools on Academic Probation are: Elmhurst, North Side, South Side and Wayne high schools; Kekionga and Lakeside middle schools; and Fairfield, Abbett, Adams, Maplewood and South Wayne elementary schools.

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.