Enrollment dips slightly at FWCS overall, high school enrollment up - September 18, 2007

Record Number: 3406
Displayed from: Sep 18, 2007 , until: Oct 18, 2007

The official count of students Friday, Sept. 14, showed Fort Wayne Community Schools' enrollment dropped by 1 percent from 2006-07 to 2007-08. But the enrollment remains higher than it was in 2005-06. As of Friday, there were 31,606 students enrolled in the district's 52 schools. Last year at this time there were 31,943 students enrolled, and the official count in September 2005 was 31,581. The decline did not come as a surprise to district officials. The largest decrease in students came from those moving to charter schools. About 269 students enrolled in FWCS last year enrolled in Imagine MASTer Academy this year. But an additional 43 students who had initially enrolled in the charter school have returned to Fort Wayne Community Schools. The district's efforts to make sure more students graduate from high school appear to be paying off as the number of students enrolled in 11th and 12th grade increased. The number of junior increased from 2,040 last year to 2,132 this year. The number of seniors increased from 1,864 last year to 1,911 this year. FWCS is focusing on developing relationships with high school students while making its curriculum more rigorous and relevant to students' lives after graduation. The focuses are designed to keep students engaged in school and on a track to pursue education beyond high school. Towles Intermediate School also increased enrollment, as expected. The 1-8 Montessori magnet program opened a year ago with 417 students. This year, 468 are enrolled.

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.