News release from Fort Wayne Community Schools:
FWCS to Offer Early College at North Side, Wayne High Schools
(June 24, 2014) – Fort Wayne Community Schools will offer the Early College program at North Side and Wayne high schools beginning in the 2014-15 school year. FWCS will partner with Vincennes University for the program at North Side and Ivy Tech Community College for the program at Wayne.
The Early College program allows students starting in their freshman year to experience rigorous high school and college coursework while still in high school.
This opportunity further prepares students for college and careers after high school. Nationwide, students who participate in Early College are more likely to graduate from high school. In addition, 94 percent earn free college credit while in high school and 30 percent earn an Associate’s Degree or other credentials while in high school.
“Early College further strengthens the rigor of our high school programs,” Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. “Early College is based on the idea that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money toward a degree, are powerful motivators for students to work hard and challenge themselves intellectually.”
About Fort Wayne Community Schools
With nearly 31,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 51 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.