Fort Wayne Earns A in Public Schooling
Aug08

Fort Wayne Earns A in Public Schooling

Fort Wayne and its outlying districts boast four award-winning public school systems: Fort Wayne Community Schools, Northwest Allen County Schools, East Allen County Schools and Southwest Allen County Schools. Each district has unique programs and offerings for the students of the area (click the school system links to learn more about each one).With over 50 schools, Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) is the largest school district in Indiana and is home to an extremely diverse student body of over 30,000 students. FWCS boasts a graduation rate of around 88%, beating out statewide graduation rates. It is also one of the only school systems in the entire country that allows students to attend any school in the district based on space availability and racial balance.Even those students who choose private or parochial schools are able to benefit from Fort Wayne Community Schools’ programs. FWCS has one of the best Special Education Departments in the state and assists over 5,000 students each year–with nearly 10% of those being from private or parochial schools. The FWCS Nutrition Services Center supplies meals to 10 non-FWCS schools, making sure students all across northeast Indiana are receiving the nutrition they need during the school day.Following its policy of allowing students to attend any school of their choosing within the district, FWCS has the first public school in the nation to receive accreditation from the American Montessori Society, Bunche Early Childhood Center. It also has the state’s sole public Montessori first through eighth grade program with Towles Intermediate School.As a graduate of the Bunche Montessori program myself, I can attest to the fact that each student learns in a different manner and should not be limited in their scope of learning based on where they live. With FWCS, students and parents can choose the school that fits their learning style the best and will lead to the most successful experience for all...

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