Choose the A Team at the FWCS School Choice Fair - January 11, 2012

Record Number: 8388
Displayed from: Jan 11, 2012 , until: Jan 31, 2012

Fort Wayne Community Schools will host its annual School Choice Fair from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road. More than 1,000 parents attend the event each year to learn more about the variety of educational choices they have for their children within the A-rated Fort Wayne Community Schools. The free event highlights the district's elementary, middle and high schools, including FWCS' seven magnet schools and special programs offered at other FWCS schools. The School Choice Fair also provides parents an opportunity to receive information and ask questions about how to 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, for decades, FWCS parents have been able to 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 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. Each high school will have information on their Programs of Study: Project Lead the Way-Engineering at Northrop; Global Studies at North Side; Project Lead the Way-Biomedical at Snider; International Baccalaureate at South Side; and New Tech Academy and Business at Wayne. Parents wanting to request that their child attend a different school must have their transfer application submitted by Friday, Feb. 24. 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 are also available at schools and online at www.fortwayneschool.org. If there are more applicants than spaces available at any of the schools, lotteries will be held to determine admittance. The lottery for secondary students will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 2, and for elementary students at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 23, 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. Free transportation to the Choice Fair will be available. Buses will pick up at South Side High School, 3601 S. Calhoun St., at 12:15 p.m., Weisser Park Elementary School, 902 Colerick St., at 12:35 p.m. and Bunche Early Childhood Center, 1111 Greene St., at 12:40 p.m. Return transportation will be provided at 4 p.m. from Northrop. This year's fair includes entertainment from the North Side Dance-Skins - Dance V Dancers at 1 p.m., the Kekionga Steel Drumz at 2 p.m. and Weisser Park Continuing Taiko Class at 3 p.m. Sweetcakes Comedy Entertainment will provide face painting and balloon art, and United Way of Allen County will give away books to the first 200 children who attend. Child care for children ages 3-5 years old is available at the School Choice Fair, and translators are available for those needing assistance. The 2012 School Choice Fair is sponsored by National Serv All, Sodexo and Sweetcakes Entertainment.

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.