Forsyth County Schools is home to five outstanding traditional high schools, featuring grades nine through twelve. The district also provides the Academies of Creative Education (A.C.E.), which features Forsyth Virtual Academy and two programs, Forsyth Academy and Gateway Academy (6-12 alternative program). An evening school is offered through Mountain Education Charter Schools. Two new high schools, Denmark and the Alliance Academy for Innovation, are projected to open in 2018.
All buildings are new or recently renovated, and include a cafeteria, media center, performing arts center, two gymnasiums, weight rooms, and athletic fields/facilities. School designs vary across the county, and include one or two-story buildings.
High schools begin at 8:25 am and students depart at 3:40 pm. Based on primary residency, school attendance lines determine the high school children attend. Out-of-district requests are available for students based on academic program needs.
High school students are evaluated using a report card with numeric averages from 0 - 100. Students must meet diploma requirements in three areas:
Multiple schools offer career academies for students, and workforce development (CTAE) programs are provided for agriculture, automotive, audio/visual technology, business and information technology, education, health science, hospitality and human services, marketing, engineering and manufacturing, and fine arts. Work-based learning and youth apprenticeship experiences are options for FCS high school students to make connections from classroom learning to the real world.
All high school classrooms feature a built-in projector and interactive whiteboard. Computers are available to students in the classroom and media center, and also with portable computer stations. All schools have full-time certified nurses on staff, as well as counselors and Instructional Technology Specialists (ITS). Each school has numerous volunteer opportunities for parents, including PTA/Os, boosters, Local School Councils (LSC), mentoring and classroom volunteers. Transportation is provided for all students, and breakfast and lunch are served daily.