FWCS, Associated Churches focusing on character development - August 10, 2010

Record Number: 6503
Displayed from: Aug 10, 2010 , until: Sep 10, 2010

Fort Wayne Community Schools and The Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County are working together to develop a new outreach program that will focus on the character development component of the FWCS Pyramid for Success™. The Pyramid for Success™ is FWCS' system that ensures all students are successful in all areas, including academic, social, emotional and behavioral. The program will replace the Weekday Religious Education program, which pulled students out of class during the school day to offer nondenominational religious training. The new program is expected to be multi-faceted, including support for children and families, character development and an after school program that will allow students to maintain their academic focus during the school day while providing quality after school activities that support the FWCS curriculum and meet all legal requirements. Schools have changed considerably since the Weekday Religious Education program was launched in 1944, said Dr. Wendy Robinson, superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools. We have a much greater diversity in our student body and state and federal accountability requirements that we spend every minute of the school day focusing on rigorous academic expectations. Details of the program will be forthcoming as the exact structure and locations for the program are determined. We are excited to develop a program that reaches students of today, the Rev. Roger Reece, Executive Pastor of the Associated Churches. The Weekday Religious Education program has served the children and families of Fort Wayne well for many decades. Today we want to build on that success with a dynamic program that challenges our students and supports our educators so we may continue to be a blessing in our community.


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.