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Magnet Schools

A World of Possibilities
Centered on Students

Your child can learn how to study the natural world as a scientist, engineer with mathematics, perform as a musician or create as an artist. Magnet schools give students the opportunity to learn life-long skills within a diverse classroom and through community partnerships. Focused on academic excellence and personal growth, students are empowered to pursue their interests and become successful, knowledgeable global citizens.

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Vex robot building at Irwin STEM School

Vex robot building at Irwin STEM School

Students making a broadcast in the Croninger TV Studio

Students making a broadcast in the Croninger TV Studio

Pumpkin chucking at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center

Pumpkin chucking at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center

Band students
Bunche students preparing breakfast

Bunche Montessori students preparing breakfast

New Tech students working on an experiment

New Tech students working on an experiment

Memorial Park students working on NASA Tech Rise Project

Memorial Park students working on NASA Tech Rise Project

Irwin STEM students building Lego robots

Irwin STEM students building Lego robots

Towles students and staff gather in the courtyard for the International Day of Peace

Towles students and staff gather in the courtyard for the International Day of Peace

Memorial Park jazz band practicing

Memorial Park jazz band practicing

Students using robots at Weisser Park STEAM Magnet

What makes a Magnet School Different?

UNIQUE PROGRAMS

Magnet schools offer the standard FWCS curriculum and also focus on one, or several, specialized academic area(s). By focusing on an area of study or a method of learning, students have the opportunity to explore their interests while completing the FWCS curriculum. Magnet schools engage students by encouraging them to pursue their passions and goals while preparing them for a future of excellence.
 

SCHOOLS WITHOUT BOUNDARIES

Magnet schools do not have specified boundaries as neighborhood schools do. Instead, magnet schools draw from students through the Fort Wayne Community Schools boundaries. Families apply for magnet schools entry through the lottery process. Once a student is enrolled in a magnet school, they continue in the feeder pattern through graduation unless families make a change.

TRANSPORTATION TO MAGNETS

FWCS provides transportation to students attending magnet schools, as long as they live outside the school's No Transportation Zone. This is an exception to the district's policy to only transport students to their geographically assigned school. Bus stops for magnet schools are often located at nearby schools and may not be as close to home as stops for students attending their geographically assigned school.

How do I apply to a Magnet School?

Applications for our Magnet Schools are done through the school choice lottery and are accepted online on the myFWCS Parent Portal.

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Specialized Magnet Paths

Communications Magnet

At Croninger Elementary School, children will find caring staff who create an engaging communication- and technology-enriched atmosphere. Croninger inspires, educates and motivates students to become independent, creative and critical thinkers who will thrive in a diverse, evolving, global society. Croninger also features its own TV studio, which students visit weekly to develop effective communication skills.

Students making a broadcast in the Croninger TV Studio
Croninger Virtual Welders

Montessori & New Tech Magnet

Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center offers multi-age classrooms for 3- to 6- year-olds. As a Montessori school, the curriculum follows the methods developed by Maria Montessori. The comprehensive, hands-on curriculum incorporates movement, work and learning styles that support the academic and social development of the individual child. Students are free to choose their work based on readiness, interest and curiosity.  

Students move to Towles Intermediate School where they continue in multi-age Montessori classrooms from grades 1-5. They then move upstairs to New Tech for grades 6-8 where they learn to collaborate with peers and connect with community partners. They will continue this learning style as they move to New Tech at Wayne High School.

BUNCHE MONTESSORI EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
Towles Robotic Club 2

STEAM Magnet

Our STEAM Magnet begins at Whitney Young Early Childhood for pre-K and Kindergarten where students begin their journey of learning

Science
Technology
Engineering
Art and
Mathematics

Students next step is Weisser Park Elementary for grades 1-5 where they can dig deeper into how these areas fit together.

Memorial Park Middle School continues this path for students in grades 6-8 where connections are made by integrating arts, engineering and technology.

Pumpkin chucking at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center

STEM Magnet

Irwin STEM Magnet School is committed to developing students to become the innovators of tomorrow through a focus on 

Science
Technology
Engineering and
Mathematics

All Irwin students also build skills in critical thinking, character, collaboration, communication, citizenship and creativity.

Feeder Patterns for Magnet Schools

Communication Magnet

Croninger Elementary School

Grades K - 5

Blackhawk Middle School *

Grades 6 - 8 

Snider High School *

Grades 9 - 12

 

* Not a magnet school

Montessori & New Tech Magnet

Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center

Pre-K (age 3)  - K

Towles Intermediate School

Grades 1 - 5

Towles New Tech

Grades 6 - 8

New Tech at Wayne High School *

Grades 9 - 12

 

STEAM Magnet

Whitney Young Early Childhood Center

Pre-K (age 4) - K

Weisser Park Elementary

Grades 1 - 5

Memorial Park Middle School

Grades 6 - 8

South Side High School *

Grades 9 - 12

 

STEM Magnet

Irwin STEM Magnet School

Grades K - 5

Portage Middle School *

Grades 6 - 8

Wayne High School *

Grades 9 -12