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      Forsyth County Schools is home to five outstanding high schools (click here for a two-page fact sheet of each). As you read the 2015-16 Course Digest and study the course descriptions, you will see course sequences, grade level recommendations, and prerequisites. Teachers and counselors have provided this information based on academic success students have experienced in those content areas. This information can assist you in making decisions that will aid your child in achieving academic success.
     
         Underclassmen Leaving Campus Early:
    1. Students must take five courses on campus each semester
    2. Students must enroll in iAchieve for one class each semester for a total of seven credits at the end of the school year
    3. Students must be on-track to graduate and maintain a 3.0 minimum grade point average
    4. Permission to leave early is at Administration’s discretion and approval
         Participation in Graduation Ceremonies:
    1. Students must meet all Forsyth County Schools' requirements for graduation, certificate of attendance, or transition diploma prior to participation in a graduation ceremony.
    2. Students must be enrolled in a Forsyth County high school during the school year they plan to participate in a graduation ceremony.
    3. Students who complete graduation requirements and are no longer active enrollees will be offered an individual diploma presentation at each school site.
    GACollege411, HOPE, and Georgia Virtual School
     
    It is always best to contact your school counselor for specific questions about your academic planning and when considering enrolling in online courses; however, you can visit these websites for general information.
    1. For information related to HOPE Scholarship, HOPE GPA, Academic Planning for College, and Academic Rigor visit www.GACollege411.org
    2. For information about online courses offered through Georgia Virtual visit www.gavirtualschool.org

    Course Registration Procedures

    Fall registration is completed during the preceding spring, at which time all students meet with their advisors to select courses. Registration proceeds as follows:

    1. Orientation
    Registration information is discussed in student advisement, and subject selection sheets are distributed.
    1. Academic Advisement
    Students may discuss with their counselor, advisor, teachers, or parents/guardians course selections based on academic performance, future goals, and graduation requirements.
    1. Schedule Changes and Course Offerings
    Student-initiated schedule changes for 2015-2016 will be completed by the end of the first full week of school. After this time, no schedule changes will be made. Schedule changes made during the initial days of the new school year are based on the following criteria ONLY: (a) student has empty period in his/her schedule; (b)student has received credit for the course listed; (c) student has not met the pre-requisite; (d) student needs specific course to meet graduation requirements; (e) administration adjusts class sizes.
     

    Only those courses for which there is adequate enrollment and/o rfaculty will be of­fered in the upcoming school year. Courses, numbers of sections, and staff assignments are determined on the basis of need; it is imperative, therefore, that students determine which courses are required for graduation. Each high school reserves the right to cancel, without prior notification any course listed in this guide and/or rearrange any prescribed course sequence, and make schedule changes for the purpose of leveling class size.

    Special Programs
    • Special Education
    In-County: In order to receive Special Education services, students must meet Georgia eligibility requirements. Each disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) has specific criteria that must be met for eligibility. Once a student is deter­mined to be eligible under IDEA, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is created and Special Education services begin. Student IEPs transfer from other schools in Forsyth County.
     
    Out-of-County: In order to receive Special Education services, parents and/or guardians should contact the Forsyth County Special Education Department. Parents of the transferring student must provide a current IEP or sign a release of records form so that the high school may obtain current information. To determine appropriate services, all records will be reviewed by FCS Special Education personnel and an IEP committee. 
    • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
    English to Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) provides opportunities to acquire proficiency in English while continuing to learn content-specific skills. The Transition Services Office, located in the Almon C. Hill Center, at 136 Elm Street, Cumming, GA 30040 (678-947-0274) provides initial assessment services for high school students. The Hill Center also reviews international student transcripts and advises on course placement for newcomers to Forsyth County Schools. Please click here for ESOL information in the Course Digest.
    • Honors/Horizons (Gifted and Talented)
    Any student who is currently enrolled in the Horizons (Gifted) program in a Forsyth County school is eligible for gifted services. Any student who is in a gifted program from another Georgia school is eligible as soon as the high school receives the appropriate documentation from the student’s former Georgia school. Any student who was in a gifted program from another state must be evaluated and possibly tested for Georgia Gifted eligibility. Please contact the Gifted Coordinator for details. Please click here for Horizons information in the Course Digest.

    Advanced Courses and College Credit

    • Advanced Placement (AP)
    Advanced Placement (AP) courses are postsecondary-level classes which are provided at high school in the course of a regular school day. Many colleges and universities award either course credit or possibly exemption from certain required coursework. Not all postsecondary institutions honor AP exam credit, however, each college or university has its own standards by which it weights AP coursework taken in high school. Students are advised to check with the respective institution for details on its AP course and exam policies. AP examinations are conducted in May of each year, and students who take AP exams are responsible for paying AP examination fees (approximately $85 per exam) un­less Georgia State legislature provides funding. Please click here for more information.
    • International Baccalaureate (IB)
    Forsyth County Schools' IB program is located on the campus of South Forsyth High School, and it open to all Forsyth County high school-age students. The IB program incorporates a rigorous curriculum which provides perhaps the most thorough preparation for university-level study available. IB teachers strive for a shared academic experience emphasizing critical thinking and exposure to a variety of viewpoints that fosters tolerance and intercultural understanding among our students.To prepare for the IB program , which begins in the 11th grade, students are strongly encouraged to begin taking appropriate coursework in the ninth grade. Please click here for more information. 
    • ACCEL Program (Academic-Related Dual Enrollment)
    The ACCEL Program is a lottery-funded dual enrollment program administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). Rules promulgated by the GSFC provide for eligible juniors and seniors to take certain courses from postsecondary institutions that count for high school graduation credit and postsecondary credit. Please click here for additional information. 
    • Lanier Technical College (Career-Related Dual Enrollment)
    Students who have completed their sophomore year may be approved to attend Lanier Technical College. Course credit earned at Lanier Tech can apply toward high school graduation. Students will attend classes Monday through Thursday of each school week. Check with school counselors on program offerings for each school and the cost of participating in these programs. Please click here for additional information.
    Career, Technical and Agriculture Education (CTAE) Pathways
     
    Career Pathways are state-approved career enhancement programs defined as a coherent, articulated sequence of rigorous academic and career-related courses starting in the ninth grade and leading to an associate degree, and/or an industry-recognized certificate or licensure, and/or a baccalaureate degree and beyond. Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) provides students with the opportunity to select at least three sequenced courses in a career pathway.
     
    CTAE CONCENTRATOR: A concentrator is defined as a student who takes at least three CTAE courses in a specific program area during their high school career.
     
    PATHWAY COMPLETER: A pathway completer is a concentrator who completes the requirements for the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) and also completes the requirements for CTAE pathway concentrators.
     
    Pathway options for students:
    • Career Pathways: A series of 3 or 4 specified courses are in a CTAE-approved pathway. Georgia’s 17 Career Cluster/Pathways provide a structure for organizing and delivering quality Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) programs. Modeled after the National Career Clusters configuration utilized by most of the United States, Georgia’s 17 Career Cluster/Pathways Model represents approximately 96 career pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career. As an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction, the 17 Career Clusters provide essential knowledge and skills for the students’ career pathways.
    • Advanced Academic PathwayAn Advanced Academic Pathway may be followed in any of these four content areas: ELA (English/Language Arts), mathematics, science or social studies. A student has completed an Advanced Academic Pathway in ELA, mathematics, science, or social studies when the criteria described below have been met.
    • Fine Arts PathwayA Fine Arts Pathway may be followed in any of these five areas of study: visual arts, theater, dance, music, or journalism. A student has completed a Fine Arts Pathway when three courses, from visual arts, theater, dance, music, or journalism, have been successfully completed in any one of the five areas.
    • World Language PathwayA World Language Pathway may be followed in any of the world language areas included in the state list of approved courses. 
    Selection of a pathway is based on self-awareness and the investigation of occupations plus related educational levels aligned with the pathway. Most high-demand, high-skilled, high-wage occupations in all concentrations still require education beyond high school.
      
    Using these pathways, students may plan their four-year high school program, select courses that provide appropriate preparation and instruction for their career area, and set goals for their post-secondary training.For more information, click here.