Families Invited To See Schools During Tuesday Tours

Families are invited to visit Fort Wayne Community Schools’ elementary, middle and high schools during Tuesday Tours on Nov. 15, 22 and 29 and Dec. 6 and 13.

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 Dec. 20 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 not able to attend during these 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 can also 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 the traditional curriculum, 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; Early College-Global Studies 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.

Parents wanting to request that their child attend a different school must complete and return an assignment application by Dec. 20. Families already registered with FWCS can apply online via the myFWCS portal at www.fortwayneschools.org. Paper applications are available for new families online, at FWCS school buildings and 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 will be held to determine admittance. The lottery will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at the Family and Community Engagement Center. The lottery is open to the public