A new school year begins for Fort Wayne Community Schools - August 18, 2008

Record Number: 4262
Displayed from: Aug 18, 2008 , until: Sep 15, 2008

Fort Wayne Community Schools got off to a great start Monday, Aug. 18, with more than 32,000 students enrolled for the 2008-09 school year. As of today, 32,040 students were registered for class, more than district officials projected for the school year. Official count numbers will not be known until Sept. 12 when the data is collected for the state. Until then numbers will fluctuate as students continue to enroll and enrolled students who did not arrive in the classroom are taken off the lists. Bus service was typical for the first day of school with about 95 percent of the routes delivering students to school on time. Nearly all the buses had dropped students off by 9:15 a.m. As the students were excited to see old friends and meet new ones, staff members were eager to start the new school year. In many classrooms, teachers and assistants started the day by going over schedules and procedures and reading books to get the school year off right. "There is nothing like the first day of school," Superintendent Wendy Robinson said. "The buildings are buzzing with excitement, and everyone is smiling. There is a lot of work to be done over the next 180 school days, but we're all ready to go."

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.