FWCS to Open Virtual Academy

Record Number: 19132
Displayed from: May 03, 2021 , until: Jul 03, 2021

Fort Wayne Community Schools will launch the Fort Wayne Virtual Academy in the fall, an online only K-12 program.

The school will be a stand-alone program not directly affiliated with any existing FWCS school. It will accept up to 720 students (two sections at each grade level) through a lottery process, which will be open June 1-18.

“This new school is designed for those students and families who are looking for an alternative to the traditional school environment,” FWCS Superintendent Dr. Mark Daniel said. “While we believe the majority of students learn best in person, we also know there are some students who found over the past year that they thrive in a virtual environment. We also know many of our parents are not ready to have their children attend school in person as long as there is an on-going pandemic. We are establishing this option to meet the needs of those students.”

Students will be provided technology to use while enrolled in the program. Fort Wayne Virtual Academy will not offer extra-curricular activities to its enrollees, and at the secondary level, there will be limited advanced coursework opportunities.

Enrollment in the program will be through a lottery, which will be available on the myFWCS Parent Portal beginning June 1. Those interested in being notified when the lottery application is available can go online beginning today to register online for the 2021-22 school year at www.fortwayneschools.org/myfwcs. While registering a student, parents can opt to receive additional information about Fort Wayne Virtual Academy.

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.