Fort Wayne Community Schools will keep its high school honors classes, officials said Friday.
The district had considered doing away with them in their current form as part of a curriculum overhaul in response to state proposals to change education laws, including pathways through which students earn diplomas. Honors courses will remain in place as FWCS continues to consider changes to its curriculum, according to a statement from the school board.
“FWCS will evaluate all honors course curriculum for consistency across different courses and schools, as well as criteria for enrollment in honors courses,” the statement says.
That comes after an emotionally charged meeting Monday in which more than two dozen parents, teachers and students pushed for the district to keep the classes. An option officials were considering would have allowed students to receive honors instruction among classmates of varying ability. Many at the meeting expressed concern over whether teachers would be forced to divide time in one classroom between honors and other students.
“That was kind of a surprise for us,” Noah Smith, who attended the meeting, said Friday.
Smith has two daughters in honors classes at Snider High School. He thanked board members for listening to parents and deciding to keep the courses.
“It's great news for the community,” he said.
Board President Julie Hollingsworth said the district will evaluate the rigor of honors classes as well as the criteria through which students enroll in them.
“My hope is we can expand the number of students in those classes,” she said.
The school board meets next at 6 p.m. March 12.