Forsyth County Schools is home to 20 outstanding elementary schools, featuring grades Kindergarten through fifth grade. All buildings are new or recently renovated, and include a cafeteria, media center, stage, gymnasium, playground and outdoor play fields. School designs vary across the county, and include one or two-story buildings.
FCS offers free Georgia Pre-K programs at Brookwood ES, Chestatee ES and Whitlow ES. Students who will be five years old on or before September 1 are enrolled in full-day Kindergarten.
Elementary schools begin at either 7:40 am (normal release at 2:20 pm and for scheduled early release days, students depart at 11:50 am) or 8:20 am (normal release at 3:00 pm and for scheduled early release days, students depart at 12:30 pm). Based on primary residency, school attendance lines determine the elementary school children attend.
Students study basic skills such as language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition to the core areas, students also receive instruction by certified teachers in physical education, art and music. An increased emphasis is placed on writing across all subject areas. All elementary 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. Various schools have opened or are working on opening science labs or provide science specials.
Elementary schools provide numerous programs to meet the needs of all students. Programs are offered for students with special needs (including speech), early intervention, English Language Learners and gifted/Horizons students. Various activities are also offered at each elementary school, which may include but are not limited to: student government, spelling bee, broadcast media, chorus, robotics, jump rope, chess, fitness and safety patrol. School websites have a complete list of the activities and clubs offered at each school.
Students in elementary school receive report cards every nine weeks. In grades Kindergarten through third, students are evaluated using a standards-based report card. The report card evaluates student progress to academic standards and also assesses work habit skills. In fourth and fifth grade students receive the Grade Plus report card which includes both a traditional numeric average and for English, Reading and Math, a breakdown of performance based on standards. Additionally, Work Habits of students are reported separately so that parents may monitor those student behaviors in addition to performance.
All schools have full-time nurses on staff, as well as counselors and Instructional Technology Specialists (ITS). Each school offers an after-school program and has numerous volunteer opportunities for parents, including PTA/Os, Local School Councils (LSC), mentoring and classroom volunteers. Transportation is provided for all students, and breakfast and lunch are served daily.
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