FWCS welcomes ninth-graders to high school - August 05, 2008

Record Number: 4246
Displayed from: Aug 05, 2008 , until: Aug 15, 2008

Students entering ninth grade at Fort Wayne Community Schools' six high schools will get a taste of high school life during orientation from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 7, and Friday, Aug. 8. The events during the two days are designed provide a transition for students from middle school to high school, which can be a challenging time for students. During the two days, students will participate in team building exercises, go through their schedules, practice using their lockers and get acclimated to their new and much larger buildings. Addressing some of the technical parts of high school eases some of the anxieties students may feel on their first day. With those issues out of the way, students can focus more directly on academics from day one. The two-day event also give students a chance to meet teachers, administrators and other students, including older students who will serve as mentors as freshman encounter high school challenges. The event provides an opportunity to make friends and build relationships even before the school year begins, another important aspect of having a successful high school career. The orientation aligns with FWCS' goals to improve the academic achievement of middle and high school students and to make education more relevant to life after graduation. The orientation ends Friday with a lunch with parents, which gives parents the opportunity to tour the school and talk to administrators about any concerns they may have. Just as the transition can be a challenge for students, it can also be difficult for parents. Involving parents from the beginning is another way to create a strong foundation for a student's high school career.

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.