Fort Wayne Community Schools' annual School Choice Fair will show off each of its schools from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road, according to a news release.
More than 1,000 parents and community members attend the event each year to learn more about the variety of educational choices they have for their children within Fort Wayne Community Schools.
The free event highlights the district's elementary, middle and high schools, including FWCS' seven magnet schools and special programs offered at other FWCS schools. The School Choice Fair also provides parents an opportunity to receive information and ask questions about how to choose and apply for the program that best suits their children's needs.
While all students are assigned a school based on where they live, for decades, FWCS parents have been able to apply to have their child attend one of the magnet schools or request an intra-district transfer to attend a different school within the district.
Fort Wayne Community Schools offers the Montessori curriculum at Bunche Early Childhood Center (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten) and Towles Intermediate School (first through eighth grades). The arts magnet program is 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 offers a magnet program focusing on communications, and math and science are a special focus at Irwin Elementary School. Magnet schools have no boundaries and draw students from throughout the district.
Each high school will have information on their programs of study: Project Lead the Way-Engineering at Northrop; Global Studies at North Side; Project Lead the Way-Biomedical at Snider; International Baccalaureate at South Side; and New Tech Academy and Business at Wayne.
Parents wanting to request that their child attend a different school must have their transfer application submitted by Feb. 1. Applications will be available at the School Choice Fair, at schools and online at www.fortwayneschool.org. If there are more applicants than spaces available at any of the schools, lotteries will be held to determine admittance. Dates for the public lotteries will be announced later.
The School Choice Fair also gives parents the opportunity to learn more about the departments supporting the schools, such as Transportation, Nutrition Services, Academic Services, Facilities and more.
Sweetcakes Entertainment will provide face painting and balloon art, and United Way of Allen County will give away books to the first 200 children who attend. Child care for children ages 3-5 years old is available at the School Choice Fair, and translators are available for those needing assistance.
Entertainment includes: Northrop's show choir Allure at 1 p.m.; Northrop's show choir Charisma at 1:30 p.m.; South Side's Advance dance team at 2 p.m.; Memorial Park's eighth-grade combo at 2:30 p.m.; Memorial Parks show choir at 2:50 p.m.; and Memorial Park's string quartet at 3:10 p.m.