FWCS Seeks Grant to Support Magnet Programs - February 26, 2013

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Displayed from: Feb 26, 2013 , until: Apr 30, 2013

Fort Wayne Community Schools is applying for a $12 million Magnet Schools Assistance Program Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support the District’s magnet programs.

The grant would be used to strengthen and expand the academic offerings in selected schools to improve student achievement, recruit and retain students and prepare students for college and careers. In particular, the funds could be used to add or enhance programs at Harrison Hill Elementary School, Towles Montessori Intermediate School, Kekionga Middle School and South Side and Wayne high schools.

“Magnet schools have been a part of Fort Wayne Community Schools’ fabric since 1979, and have contributed greatly to the success and strength of the District,” Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. “It is important that we maintain strong, vibrant schools on the city’s south side, and this grant can help us achieve that goal while offering families additional choices in excellent schools.”

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved a resolution Monday supporting the grant. FWCS will be notified in the fall if it receives the competitive grant.

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.