Fort Wayne Community Schools Graduation Pathways

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


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 collaboration with local industry leaders, Fort Wayne Community Schools identified six key industries marked for high growth and in demand in our community. They include:

The Pipelines serve both as a roadmap for students as they develop their Meaningful Future Plans in middle and high school and as a catalyst to propel them to success on the day after graduation. Over the next 4-5 years, you will see a continued emphasis on and growth in opportunities connected to the Pipelines for students to develop the skills, engage in the experiences, and complete the pathways to high-wage, in-demand careers.

16 Career Clusters

Learn more about the 16 career clusters below.

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Architecture & Construction

Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

Business Management & Administration

Education & Training


Government & Public Administration

Health Sciences

Hospitality & Tourism

Human Services

Information Technology

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security



Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics