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, opened August, 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:
Assessments:Students are required to take and pass the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT). Beginning in 2014-15, all student take the new Georgia Milestones End of Course (EOC) assessments in 9th grade Language Arts, American Literature, Coordinate Algebra, Analytic Geometry, United States History, Economics, Physical Science, and Biology. These students must pass the course to meet graduation requirements. Students who entered the 9th grade between 2008-11 must pass EOCT/EOC with a minimum schore of 70% or score satisfactorily on corresponding Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in order to meet graduation requirements.
Courses: Students must complete and pass specific EOC course requirements as outlines by the graduation rule.
Credits: Students must earn 23 units as a minimum state requirement for graduation. Additional requirements mat be established by the local district.
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.
High schools provide numerous programs to meet the needs of all students such as special education (includes speech), early intervention, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and gifted 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 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.