Welcome to A.C.E.!
Increase ALL student achievement while expanding educational opportunities. This strategic plan goal, approved by the Board of Education in 2009, is one that has already gained traction in FCS.
Community members and staff recognize that not all students learn at the same rate or in the same manner. Additionally, there has been a call for more non-traditional options for ensuring student success. With that in mind, FCS leaders reviewed all of our non-traditional options for students and devised a plan to leverage our current success. The result was the development of the Academies of Creative Education to include the Forsyth Academy, Academy @ Night, Gateway Academy (formerly named Piedmont Learning Center) and iAchieve Virtual Academy.
In partnership with Lanier Technical College and Communities in Schools of Georgia, Forsyth County Schools opened the Forsyth Academy, a non-traditional charter high school, in 2005 with an enrollment of 60 students. The school is Forsyth County’s first charter school and its first principal is Mr. Brad Smith. Originally located on the campus of Lanier Technical College, the school gained its permanent location on Dahlonega Highway in 2010 as a part of the Academies of Creative Education (A.C.E.). Also that year, the school added Academy@Night, to provide an evening alternative option to the school’s course offerings.
The Forsyth Academy, the district's non-traditional charter high school, has had tremendous success and has produced This program enabled students not currently enrolled in the Forsyth Academy to take classes in the evening for initial credit or to recover credit needed to graduate. many graduates that were able to work at their own pace in a blended learning environment using technology and high quality teaching staff. Beginning February 2009, the Forsyth Academy expanded to offer the Academy @ Night.
Looking to replicate the success of the Forsyth Academy concept, FCS opened the Gateway Academy in the fall of 2009. This alternative learning environment is one that gives students the opportunity to learn while holding high expectations for both behavior and performance. The Gateway Academy offers a blended learning environment, similar to the Forsyth Academy, where middle and high school students will be engaged with the online learning while receiving instruction from classroom teachers.
FCS opened iAchieve Virtual Academy in August 2010 for students grades 6-12 as the first virtual school managed by a school district in Georgia. Open to students both within and outside of Forsyth County, the school had 200 students attend its inaugural year on either a part or full-time basis. iAchieve offers students the opportunity to engage in a digital learning environment to achieve their individual potential through innovative, flexible, socially connected, and student-focused education. Students may be residents of Forsyth County entering the school system for the first time from Home School or Private School. Students may also be current FCS students transferring from an existing school. Non-resident students may apply and will be assessed tuition. Students do not attend a physical brick and mortar school, but instead, connect with their teachers and peers virtually to receive a Forsyth County Schools' diploma.
In 2010, Gateway was relocated to the Hill Educational Center to provide maximum opportunities for students. The Forsyth Academy, Academy @ Night and iAchieve Virtual Academy are housed in the Academies of Creative Education main building at 1130 Dahlonega Highway behind the FCS Professional Development Center. FCS believes in doing whatever it takes to ensure student success and we are committed, as a school community, to designing new and innovative solutions aligned to the academy concept.