Forsyth County Schools is home to 5 outstanding traditional high schools, featuring grades nine through twelve. The district also provides the Academies of Creative Education (A.C.E.), which features a 6-12 school, iAchieve Virtual Academy, and two programs, Forsyth Academy/Academy @ Night and Gateway Academy (6-12 alternative program).
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 (12:55 pm for scheduled early release days). 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:
Assessments: students are required to post passing scores on the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) and the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT).
Courses: students must complete specific course requirements as outlined by the graduation rule.
Credits: students must earn 23 units as a minimum state requirement for graduation.
Multiple schools offer career academies for students, and workforce development (career/technology) programs are provided for engineering, energy and natural resources; business and communications systems; consumer services; and arts and humanities. Work-based learning and youth apprenticeship experience is also an option for FCS high school students.
High schools provide numerous programs to meet the needs of all students such as special education (includes speech), early intervention, English Language Learners and gifted/Horizons students. Various activities, clubs, organizations and athletics are also offered at each high school. Please visit each school's website for a complete list.
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 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.