FWCS gearing up for school choice events - January 10, 2007

Record Number: 2962
Displayed from: Jan 10, 2007 , until: Feb 11, 2007

Fort Wayne Community Schools is proud to be one of only a handful of public school districts in the country to offer school choice. Once again, FWCS has a full slate of events to help parents select the school that is best for their child. First, the annual FWCS Showcase will be held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 at a new location Wayne High School, 9100 Winchester Road. Nearly 2,000 people attend Showcase each year. The free event highlights the district's magnet schools and special programs, and provides information on how parents can choose and apply for the program that best suits their children's needs. Along with the new Bunche Early Childhood Center and Towles Intermediate School, both Montessori programs, the district offers the following magnet schools: Croninger Elementary School, which has a communications focus; Irwin Elementary School with a focus on math and science; and the Summit Arts Magnet Program, which features the following schools with a fine arts focus: Whitney Young Early Childhood Center, Weisser Park Elementary School and Memorial Park Middle School. Magnet schools have no boundaries and draw students from across the district. Parents who elect to request that their child attend a different school must have their intra-district transfer application submitted by Friday, Feb. 23 for secondary students and Friday, March 16 for elementary. Applications are available in the School Catalog that will be handed out at Showcase and mailed to families of preschool through fifth-, and eighth-graders. Copies will also be available at schools. Public lotteries are held to determine admittance to schools that have more applicants than spaces available. The lottery for secondary students will take place at 9:30 a.m. March 9 and for elementary students on April 20, both in the board room of the Grile Administrative Center. The lotteries are open to the public so anyone who wants to view the process is able to do so. Applicants are chosen according to a random computerized listing. Parents will be notified in writing whether their child has been admitted to their school of choice or has been placed on a waiting list. For information about individual schools, the choice program and more, please log onto the district's website at: http://www.fwcs.k12.in.us

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.