Free transportation available for School Choice Fair - February 05, 2008

Record Number: 3805
Displayed from: Feb 05, 2008 , until: Feb 10, 2008

Fort Wayne Community Schools will provide free transportation to its School Choice Fair Sunday, Feb. 10, at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road. School buses will pick up riders at 12:25 p.m. at South Side High School, 3601 S. Calhoun St., at 12:30 p.m. at Weisser Park Elementary School, 902 Colerick St., and at 12:35 p.m. at Bunche Early Childhood Center, 1111 Greene St. The pickup times allow the buses to arrive at Northrop by the time the School Choice Fair starts at 1 p.m. The bus will leave Northrop at 3 p.m. and return to the same sites for drop-off. The annual School Choice Fair is from 1-4 p.m. and hundreds of parents are expected to attend. The fair offers the opportunity to learn more about the variety of educational choices they have for their children within the Fort Wayne Community Schools system. Principals, teachers and other staff members will be available to talk about their schools and programs. The free event highlights the district's seven magnet schools and special programs offered at other schools, and provides information on how parents can choose and apply for the program that best suits their children's needs. While all students are assigned a school based on where they live, parents can apply to have their child attend one of the magnet schools or request an intra-district transfer to attend a different school within the district. Fort Wayne Community Schools offers the Montessori curriculum at Bunche Early Childhood Center (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten) and Towles Intermediate School (first through eighth grades). The Summit Arts Magnet Program is offered at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten), Weisser Park Elementary School (first through fifth grades) and Memorial Park Middle School (sixth through eighth grades). Croninger Elementary School offers a magnet program focusing on communications, and math and science are a special focus at Irwin Elementary School. Magnet schools have no boundaries and draw students from throughout the district. Parents wanting to request that their child attend a different school must have their intra-district transfer application submitted by Friday, Feb. 22, for secondary students and Friday, March 14, for elementary students. Applications are available in the School Catalog that will be handed out at the School Choice Fair and mailed to families in the district. Copies will also be available at schools and online at www.fwcs.k12.in.us.
If there are more applicants than spaces available at any of the schools, public lotteries will be held to determine admittance. The lottery for secondary students will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 7, and for elementary students at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 18, in the board room of the Grile Administrative Center. The lotteries are open to the public. 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 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.