FWCS Graduation Rate Tops State's for Fourth Straight Year - January 30, 2012

Record Number: 8450
Displayed from: Jan 30, 2012 , until: May 30, 2012

For the fourth consecutive year, the Fort Wayne Community Schools graduation rate has increased, remaining higher than the state average. For the FWCS Class of 2011, the graduation rate was 88.1 percent, higher than the state average of 85.7 percent and an increase from 2010 when the FWCS graduation rate was 85.5 percent. We are proud of the work being done by our students and staff and the support we receive from parents and the community to make sure our students graduate, Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. We have made significant investments in our high schools over the last several years, particularly in ensuring that our students are taking rigorous courses and making the connection between what they learn in the classroom and what they will do with their lives after high school. We continue to strive to ensure that we educate all students to high standards so that they not only graduate from high school, but that they graduate ready to be successful in their next stage in life. Northrop and Snider high school graduation rates are now higher than 90 percent at 95.2 and 91.9, respectively. Northrop had the largest graduation rate increases with a gain of nearly 7 percentage points. The Class of 2011 represents the first class automatically put on a track to earn the state's more rigorous Core 40 diploma. They were also the first class to experience FWCS' Freshman Initiative, which focuses on building a strong foundation for ninth-graders. Students are grouped together for their core classes and have a core group of teachers, which allows students to build strong relationships with each other and their teachers as well as provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary lessons. Having strong relationships contributes to academic success as students feel comfortable and secure in their environments. The collaborative teaching relationships developed at the ninth-grade level have since expanded into 10th and 11th grades as well. The reforms we started several years ago are paying off, Dr. Robinson said. As we have surpassed the state average for four consecutive years, it shows that what we are doing works, but our work will not be done until each student graduates prepared for life after high school. School 2011 Grad Rate North Side 83.4% Northrop 95.2% Snider 91.9% South Side 82.0% Wayne 84.1%

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.