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Record Number: 9897
Displayed from: May 13, 2013 , until: Jun 30, 2013

Croninger and Irwin elementary schools have been designated Four Star Schools by the Indiana Department of Education.

Schools are awarded the designation if they are among the top 25 percent of schools in the state, based on the results of ISTEP+ taken at the end of the 2011-12 school year. Statewide, 313 public and private schools were named Four Star Schools.

Croninger has earned Four Star status six out of the last seven years. Irwin was last named a Four Star School in 2010.

“Croninger is ecstatic to once again be named a Four Star School by the IDOE,” Croninger Principal Carrie Kennedy said. “The dedication and commitment to learning held by the staff and students, as well as the support of the District and families of Croninger, makes this achievement possible.”

Irwin Principal Ingrid Laidroo-Martin echoed those sentiments.

“We were very excited to learn that we had earned Four Star status again,” she said. “We tell our students that their best is good enough, and as being a Four Star School is a moving target, we just try to be a Four Star School with Four Star Students, Staff and Families every day.”

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.