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Fort Wayne Community Schools Graduation Pathways


The Indiana Graduation Pathways allow students to individualize their graduation requirements to align with their postsecondary goals. Students no longer need to fit into the same academic mold, but rather, they can choose the options that best meet their college and career aspirations. Students can create pathways that serve their educational interests and prepare them for life beyond high school.

Beginning with the Class of 2023, graduates will need to show they have mastered skills in several areas, including meeting academic requirements and being ready for college or the workforce. The Graduation Pathways checklist outlines the three areas students must show mastery to graduate.

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View the new 2022-23 Academic Courses & Career Handbook

Learn More About The 16 Career Clusters

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

This production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources. Learn More...

Architecture and Construction

Careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment. Learn More...

Arts, Audio-Video Technology, and Communications

Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services. Learn More...

Business Management and Administration

Planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Business Management and Administration career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy. Learn More...

Education and Training

Planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services. Learn More...


Planning, services for financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management.Learn More...

Government and Public Administration

Executing governmental functions to include Governance; National Security; Foreign Service; Planning; Revenue and Taxation; Regulation; and Management and Administration at the local, state, and federal levels.Learn More...

Health Science

Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.Learn More...

Hospitality and Tourism

Hospitality and Tourism encompasses the management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food-services, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel related services. Learn More...

Human Services

Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services.Learn More...

Information Technology

Building linkages in IT occupations framework: for entry level, technical, and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services. Learn More...

Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security

Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services. Learn More...


Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.Learn More...

Marketing, Sales & Service

Planning, managing, and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives.Learn More...

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.Learn More...

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional and technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance. Learn More...


Fort Wayne Community Schools has a history of working to ensure students graduate from high school with a Core 40 diploma or better. The Indiana Diploma with Core 40 is standard for graduates. Many students will also qualify for the Academic or Technical Honors designation. You can see all the requirements on the Indiana Department of Education’s website.

In addition to core classes and specialty programs at our five traditional high schools, FWCS offers a variety of programs at the FWCS Career Academy. Opening in the Fall of 2022 is Amp Lab, a unique learning environment built for students of diverse backgrounds to gain real-world experience in an innovative and agile setting.

About Career Clusters

Indiana’s economy has a skills gap. Currently, 58% of the jobs in Indiana require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. Only 47% of the Indiana workforce is trained to this level. This career cluster framework helps students discover their interests and passions by empowering them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to a future career.

Career Clusters can help students better focus their education plans to fulfill the demands of their future career pathways. Learn More About the Indiana Career Clusters.

Want even more information about becoming Career Ready in Indiana? Visit the Career Ready Website.

Pipelines Overview

In today’s modern world, students must have access to the skills, experiences, and pathways to meaningful career opportunities. The Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Pipelines puts this at the forefront of the district by creating new avenues to strengthen the district’s partnerships with community leaders. Together, we can provide human capital for both economic growth and equity in Allen County and Northeast Indiana.

In addition to core classes and specialty programs at our five traditional high schools, FWCS offers a variety of programs at the FWCS Career Academy. Opening in the Fall of 2022 is Amp Lab, a unique learning environment built for students of diverse backgrounds to gain real-world experience in an innovative and agile setting.