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January 5, 2013

Choices abound at fair for Wichita schools, programs

A new feature at the Wichita school district’s annual Choices Fair will offer advice for parents whose children are headed to middle school or high school.

A new feature at the Wichita school district’s annual Choices Fair will offer advice for parents whose children are headed to middle school or high school.

“Things change a lot as kids advance” past elementary school, said Bill Faflick, Wichita’s assistant superintendent of secondary schools.

“These sessions are an opportunity for families to ask questions and get some helpful hints for making that transition as smooth and successful as possible.”

The Choices Fair is 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Century II Exhibition Hall. The annual event is where Wichita families can gather information about neighborhood schools, magnet schools and the wide range of special programs offered by the Wichita district.

The district offers technology, foreign language, fine arts and traditional magnet schools, among others. It also has alternative high schools, career development schools and East High’s International Baccalaureate program, an internationally accredited college-prep curriculum.

The most popular schools typically have waiting lists. Open slots are filled by lottery.

Information sessions about transitioning to middle or high school will be held at 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall’s upstairs area, Room EX 201R. Counselors, administrators and representatives of the district’s family engagement department will lead the sessions and answer questions.

Faflick said the information will be similar to what is presented during schools’ open houses for incoming sixth- or ninth-graders.

“This just gives us another venue, another chance to have parents begin thinking about how they can support their children as they make that transition,” he said.

Visitation days for Wichita magnet schools will be Jan. 28 to Feb. 1. The application deadline is Feb. 15 at 4:45 p.m.

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