FWCS welcomes parents to high school meetings - October 28, 2008

Record Number: 4475
Displayed from: Oct 28, 2008 , until: Dec 11, 2008

Fort Wayne Community Schools is inviting parents to learn more about the high school redesign process at a series of meetings in November and December. On Nov. 5 and 6, the meetings will be focused on middle school parents wanting to know more about what lies ahead for their students. In December, meetings will be held at each high school to further explain the transformation underway at the high schools. FWCS is beginning a three to five year process to transform the way high school students are educated with many of the changes taking effect in the fall of 2009. The core programs will be strengthened, students will have more access to an increased number of rigorous classes, and specialized programs of study will be implemented. The foundation of the district's high school redesign is developing rigorous coursework with real-world learning experiences and a culture of high expectations to prepare students for life after high school. The core curriculum will be more rigorous to make sure all students have access to Advanced Placement and college courses and acquire the 21st Century skills of digital-age literacy, inventive and critical thinking, effective communication and high productivity. Enhancing these core areas will lead to improved graduation and attendance rates, more students graduating with Core 40, Honors or International Baccalaureate diplomas, increased dual credits and mentor/internships opportunities and decreased failure rates. In addition to developing a more rigorous foundation for all students, each high school will have a Program of Study, a specialized program that offers students an opportunity to try a career path and develop skills that can be used in the workplace.
At the meetings, parents will be able to ask questions and learn more about how and why the high schools are changing. Below is the schedule of meetings. Middle School Wednesday, Nov. 5 6:30 p.m., Snider High School Thursday, Nov. 6 6:30 p.m., South Side High School High School Monday, Dec. 1 6 p.m., North Side High School Tuesday, Dec. 2 6 p.m., Elmhurst High School Thursday, Dec. 4 6 p.m., Wayne High School Tuesday, Dec. 9 6 p.m., Northrop High School Wednesday, Dec. 10 6 p.m., South Side High School Thursday, Dec. 11 6 p.m., Snider High School

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.