FORT WAYNE — Fort Wayne Community Schools’ elementary schools invite parents of students entering pre-kindergarten and kindergarten in the fall to learn more about FWCS’ programs and register for the 2019-20 school year.
Schools offering pre-K will have registration at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. All elementary schools will have kindergarten registration at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.
At registration, parents will be able to visit their child’s school to learn more about FWCS’ pre-K and full-day kindergarten programs. Parents will also learn how to help their child transition to a new program and/or new school, meet teachers, see classrooms, find out what immunizations are needed and learn about transportation.
Children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 are eligible to attend kindergarten. Children who will be 4 years old on or before Aug. 1 may be eligible to attend pre-kindergarten.
Pre-K programs are offered to students living in the attendance areas of Abbett, Adams, Bloomingdale, Brentwood, Fairfield, Forest Park, Franke Park, Haley, Harrison Hill, Indian Village, Lindley, Maplewood, Northcrest, Price, Scott, South Wayne, Study, Washington and Waynedale elementary schools. Students living in the Haley attendance area will attend pre-K at Brentwood Elementary; students in the Price attendance area will attend pre-K at Washington Elementary. All other students will attend pre-K at their attendance area school.
Parents who are unsure which school their child will attend can call the Family and Community Engagement Center at 467-2120.
While full-day kindergarten is available to all students, there are a limited number of pre-K spaces available. If there are more pre-K applicants than space available, FWCS will use selection guidelines as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education, including the academic needs of students, to admit students. During registration, parents will be able to sign up for a time to bring their child for an assessment of skills.
FWCS offers a variety of full- and half-day pre-K programs through Title I funding, as well as magnet programs. All programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and have earned the Level 4 Paths to Quality rating, making the programs eligible to accept the State’s On My Way Pre-K Grants.
For registration, parents should bring identification, the child’s birth certificate, two proofs of residence, such as a utility bill, medical bill or mortgage or rental papers, and the child’s immunization history.