Youth Life Skills

Youth Life Skills

Phone: 260.467.6370
Principal: Marc Outlaw
Address: 1200 South Barr Street Fort Wayne, IN. 46802


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Academic Assessment (TABE) Dates:

(8:00 A. M. Starting Time/12:00 Noon Ending Time)

2014 Dates

2015 Dates

August: 12th, 13th, 20th and 27th January: 7th, 14th, 21st, and, 28th
September: 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th February: 4th, 11th, 18th, and, 25th
October: 1st, 8th, 15th, and 28th March: 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th
November: 5th, 12th, and 19th April: 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 28th
December: 3rd, 10th and 17th May: 5th

**Dates marked in red : room 128 is available

Youth Life Skills saw a final enrollment of 316 students

At closing of the 2011-12 school year, the staff at Youth Life Skills saw a final enrollment of 316 students. Of the 316 students, based on credits, 123 students were classified as seniors. Of the 123 classified seniors 86 students completed the academic course work required to obtain their high school diploma. We salute all 316 students for not giving up and dropping out of school. We are especially elated with the 86 students who faced the challenges that caused them to contemplate dropping out, overcame them and gained the academic credits they needed to obtain their high school diploma.

Contemplating dropping out of school extends far beyond that of Fort Wayne Community Schools into a life of social, psychological and economical challenges. The Fort Wayne Community Schools Youth Life Skills, the alternative school by choice, embrace the opportunity to educate all students to high standards, enabling them to become productive, responsible citizens. We are committed to working cooperatively with parents and the community to prepare our students for success in the endeavors of their choice.

Youth Life Skills

Youth Life Skills (YLS) was designed to assist in the prevention or discouragement of students leaving high school before they graduate. Youth Life Skills is an alternative to mainstream or traditional classroom structure. Youth Life Skills offers a non-traditional approach to education, focusing on the student as an individual and catching those who have fallen through the cracks. At Youth Life Skills we believe leaving school without a diploma negatively impacts the lives of individuals both their professional and personal. Youth Life Skills primary goal is to prepare students for lifetime achievement by creating an innovative and academically excellent school.

Many students and parents choose Youth Life Skills because of the small class sizes, an individualized learning process that equates to positive productive and an environment conducive to each student’s learning style. Youth Life Skills acknowledges the fact that students who attend Youth Life Skills enjoy an individualized high school experience in an environment that offers:

  • close student-teacher relationship
  • student decision-making
  • diverse curriculum
  • peer guidance & Parental involvement
  • more flexibility in academic scheduling
  • diverse curriculum built around each student’s goals, needs and learning style (s)
  • an environment where students feel engaged, empowered and challenged
  • an environment of mutual respect for every person
  • a certified High School Diploma from their home school
  • Instructional standards designed by the Indiana Department of Education and implemented by certified teachers

General Information:

  • Founded: 1995
  • Licensure: IDOE – State of Indiana
  • Accreditation: NCA CASI (North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement)
  • Professional Development: District support, conferences, seminars and online opportunities.
  • Located: 1200 South Barr Street (Anthis Career Center).
  • Enrollment: Year Round
  • Program Duration: 9 months

Students Admitted:
  • Grades: 9-12
  • School District: FWCS (Fort Wayne Community Schools)

Admission Process:

  • Determine whether Youth Life Skills would be a good fit for your son or daughter.
  • Determine whether your son or daughter is a good fit for Youth Life Skills. (We only accept students who are strongly interested in obtaining their high school diploma or credits leading to their high school diploma).
  • Contact your son or daughter’s high school guidance counselor for required documents (referral form, transcript and any specialized testing – ECA).
  • Schedule a diagnostic test to determine your son or daughter’s academic skill level. (A testing score of 7.0 or higher is preferred). Contact Youth Life Skills to obtain results of testing at (260) 467-6370.
  • Schedule an orientation and start date. (First 30 days are a probationary period to determine the student/program cohesion).

IDOE identification number: 0992

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