Families Invited to Visit FWCS Buildings during Tuesday Tours - January 10, 2013
Families are invited to visit Fort Wayne Community Schools’ elementary, middle and high schools during Tuesday Tours on Jan. 15, 22 and 29.
Each school in the District will offer tours during school hours to allow families to see the work going on in each building prior to the Feb. 1 deadline to submit transfer applications. Families can visit most elementary schools from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. and middle and high schools from 8-10 a.m. Bunche and Towles Montessori schools will offer tours from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and noon-2 p.m. Bunche, 1111 Greene St., will have an additional open house from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13.
Each year, about one-third of FWCS families take advantage of the District’s School Choice program. Students are assigned to a school based on where they live, but families can also choose from any of the District’s other schools. FWCS has seven magnet schools, which offer a variety of special programs. Bunche Early Childhood Center (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten) and Towles Intermediate School (first through eighth grades) offer Montessori instruction; fine arts programs are 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 focuses on communications; and Irwin Elementary School specializes in math and science. Magnet schools have no boundaries and draw students from throughout the district.
Each FWCS high school has a Program of Study, which provides students an opportunity to participate in a special program or take career-oriented elective classes. The Programs of Study include: 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 complete and return a transfer application by Feb. 1. Applications are available at each school 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 lotteries will be held on Feb. 22 with elementary at 9 a.m. and middle and high school at 1 p.m. in the Board Room at the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St. The lotteries are open to the public.