Fort Wayne Community Schools - About Us

Fort Wayne Community Schools has been a vital part of our city for more than 160 years and has a long track record of success. With 50 schools, 4,000 staff members and nearly 30,000 students, we’ve grown along with our community. We have a nearly 90% graduation rate, and many of our alumni go on to become business owners, teachers, engineers, doctors, carpenters, politicians, artists, lawyers, electricians and much more. We take pride in our diversity - both in our student body and in the programs we are able to offer. There is something at FWCS for everyone, including world-class academics, championship-winning athletic teams, successful arts programs, real world work experience with locals businesses and countless clubs and activities. Enroll Today.

Mission, Vision & Goals

Mission: Fort Wayne Community Schools educates all students to high standards enabling them to become productive, responsible citizens.

Vision: Fort Wayne Community Schools will be the school system of choice and a source of community pride.


  • Achieve and Maintain Academic Excellence
  • Engage Parents and the Community
  • Operate Effectively with Integrity and Fiscal Responsibility

About FWCS


FWCS was founded in 1857 and has touched virtually every segment of the Fort Wayne community for more than 160 years. Its heritage is closely interwoven with the growth and development of the entire region.

FWCS is proud of its policy that allows students to attend any school in the District, based on space availability.

Balanced Scorecards

    Annual Report


2018 Operating Budget: $295,559,465
Dollars to the Classroom

  • 2015-16 FWCS - 63.6%
  • 2015-16 State - 57.3%
Nutrition Services

22,960 lunches served daily
14,634 breakfasts served daily

  • 197 buses and 44 activity buses
  • 1,145 Routes (includes regular, special ed, midday, activity, Study Connection)
  • 145 square miles
  • Over 3 million miles traveled

About Our Students


  • Total students: 29,600
  • Elementary (PreK-5): 14,777
  • Middle (6-8): 6,577
  • High (9-12): 8,235


Ethnicity Chart
  • Caucasian: 41%
  • African American: 24%
  • Hispanic: 18%
  • Multi-racial: 10%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Native American: <1%
  • Eligible for free/reduced-priced meals: 66% as of July 2018
  • Languages spoken: 70

About Our Staff

Employee Chart

Total: 4,078

  • Teachers: 1,818
  • 2,625 full-time employees
  • 1,453 part-time employees

Dr. Wendy Robinson
Chief Operations Officer:
Charles Cammack, Jr., MA
Chief Financial Officer:
Kathy Friend, CPA
Chief Academic Officer:
Tracy Reed
Chief of Student, Family and Community Engagement:
Debra Faye Williams-Robbins, Esq.
Chief of School Leadership:
Get Nichols


Total: 50
  • Early Learning Centers (Pre-K & K): 2
  • Elementary (K-5): 30
  • Intermediate (1-8): 1
  • Middle (6-8): 10
  • High (9-12): 5
  • Career and Technology Center: 1
  • Alternative: 1

FWCS operates seven magnet schools, including two Montessori schools, a New Tech middle school, three fine arts schools, one STEM school and one communications school.

School Choice Catalog
  • FWCS offers specialized Programs of Study at each of its five high schools, including the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) program at South Side, the New Tech Academy and Early College at Wayne, Project Lead the Way-Engineering at Northrop, Project Lead the Way-Biomedical Sciences at Snider and Early College as well as Global Studies/World Languages at North Side.
  • FWCS has the first public school in the nation, Bunche Early Childhood Center, to receive accreditation from the American Montessori Society. Bunche was re-accredited in 2010.
  • Many FWCS schools have received state or national recognition for their programs. Among them: Adams Elementary is a No Excuses University School - the first in Indiana - and Lindley Elementary is part of the International Spanish Academies Program.

Additional Programs

Homeless Assistance Program: FWCS supports homeless students and their families primarily by allowing students to maintain a normal school routine, as well as by assisting in connecting with community services. FWCS also provides clothing and other necessities to students in need through the FWCS Clothing Bank.

Study Connection: FWCS’ Study Connection program is an award-winning community mentoring program serving about 500 students each year. Students work one-on-one with a mentor one hour per week at a local business, church or community organization. The program provides positive adult role models with a focus on academic success.

City of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne

Size: 110.8 square miles
Population: 264,488

Fort Wayne is the second-largest city in Indiana and is home to beautiful parks, crowd-pleasing sports teams, terrific shopping (largest indoor mall in the state), thought-provoking fine arts events and organizations, and a great variety of businesses and community groups.

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