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Record Number: 16699
Displayed from: Sep 14, 2017 , until: Nov 14, 2017

Enrollment at Fort Wayne Community Schools is up 156 students for the 2017-18 school year as of Friday, Sept. 15, the state’s official count day.

The district’s tentative official enrollment is 29,628, up from 29,472 last year. Schools now have two weeks after the count day to clean up data and make sure all students are accounted for and no students are counted more than once. In October, the final official enrollment will be released.

This is the first time in five years that FWCS has seen an increase in students.

“While our enrollment has been fairly steady, we have seen a slow tick down over the last five years,” Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. “This decrease was never surprising because of Indiana’s extensive voucher program. However, even though more vouchers are handed out within our boundaries than anywhere else in the state, we have remained stable in our enrollment.

“The increase in students this year affirms the great work going on in our schools every day, and the commitment our teachers, administrators, support staff and Board of School Trustees have made to educate every child that comes to us to high standards,” she added.

All schools in Indiana are required to count their students on the state’s official count day, which this year fell on Sept. 15. Funding from the state is based on this count.


Historic Official Enrollment Count:

2017-18 – 29,628

2016-17 – 29,472

2015-16 – 29,654

2014-15 – 30,607

2013-14 – 30,980

2012-13 – 30,647

2011-12 – 30,992

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.