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Record Number: 7134
Displayed from: Feb 07, 2011 , until: Feb 20, 2011
Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center will host an open house from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20. The school, located at 1111 Greene St., is Fort Wayne Community School's Montessori magnet for students in pre-k and kindergarten with students ages 3-6 years old attending. Bunche is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011. The Montessori approach is a personalized education where each child is comfortably challenged academically with an emphasis on personal leadership skills. The method was created by Italian physician Dr. Maria Montessori and has been used in classrooms since 1907. Montessori learning emphasizes multi-age classrooms, a rich and extensive curriculum combined with hands-on materials, cross-disciplinary learning and care of the global environment. Bunche Early Childhood Center is the only public school to receive accreditation from the American Montessori Society. It has just finished the review process to earn re-accreditation. There are more than 5,000 Montessori schools in the United States and nearly 8,000 worldwide. The open house at Bunche will give parents and others who are interested an opportunity to learn more about the school and Montessori learning and meet Bunche staff members. As a magnet school, students are not assigned to Bunche based on where they live. Parents who want their children to attend Bunche must fill out an application to participate in the district's lottery process. Transfer applications are due Friday, Feb. 25. The public lottery will be held on Friday, March 25. Those who are not able to attend the open house but would like to tour Bunche can call the school at 467-4790 to set up an appointment.

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.