A recent communication from Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) announces a series of Tuesday Tours where families are invited to visit the elementary, middle, and high schools. Tuesday Tours begin November 14th and continue on the following Tuesdays throughout November and December: November 21, November 29, December 5 and December 12th. The tours offer families an opportunity to see the work going on in each building prior to the Dec. 15 deadline to submit school assignment applications. During Tuesday Tours, families can visit most elementary schools from 9-11 a.m. and noon-2 p.m.; middle schools from 8-10 a.m.; and high schools from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Bunche and Towles will offer tours from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and noon-2 p.m. Families unable to attend during scheduled times are welcome to call their school of interest and arrange an alternative time.
Students are assigned to a school based on where they live, but families also may choose from any of the District’s other schools. FWCS has seven magnet schools, which offer a variety of special programs. Bunche (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten) and Towles (first through sixth grades) offer Montessori instruction; Towles offers New Tech at seventh and eighth grades; 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.
In addition to traditional curriculum, each FWCS high school has a Program of Study to provide 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; Early College-Global Studies/World Languages at North Side; Project Lead the Way-Biomedical at Snider; International Baccalaureate at South Side; and New Tech Academy and Early College-Business at Wayne.
Applications for an assignment other than the attendance area school are due by Dec. 15. Families can apply online via the myFWCS portal at myfwcs.fortwayneschools.org or pick up a paper application at any of the FWCS school buildings or at the Family and Community Engagement Center, 230 E. Douglas Ave. If there are more applicants than spaces available at any of the schools, a lottery is held on January 19th at the Family and Community Engagement Center to determine admittance. The lottery is open to the public.
This post was created from a communication received from Krista Stockman, Fort Wayne Community Schools Public Information Officer.
Indiana’s urban schools offer Hoosier students a rich array of programs, services, and opportunities. They are caring community partners who continuously demonstrate their commitment to the students and families they serve. Fort Wayne’s Tuesday Tours is one such example. IUSA appreciates the opportunity to share the stories that demonstrate what the schools have to offer and the many successes their students, faculty and staff achieve.