Frequently Asked Questions
What is a non-traditional high school?
The non-traditional high school creates a businesslike learning environment where students can complete assignments using online, computer based curriculum with the assistance of learning facilitators. The non-traditional high school also utilizes project based learning, service learning, job shadowing, internships, mentoring, and dual enrollment with technical and four-year colleges.
Why create a non-traditional high school?
Georgia has one of the highest dropout rates in the country. Non-traditional high schools were created to help reduce this dropout rate by reaching those students in the dropout pipeline. The non-traditional high school uses a caring philosophy to build a learning environment where students are challenged to meet their social and academic goals.
The non-traditional high school serves high school students who are not succeeding in the traditional school setting or those who wish to accelerate their learning and graduate early.
Yes. The non-traditional high school enrolls students who are referred from the regular public school system.
Yes. All students that attend the Academy must be residents of Forsyth County, have attempted at least one year at a traditional high school.
No. The Academy is a school within the Forsyth County School System and therefore, there is no charge to attend the school. Any student that dual enrolls with Lanier Technical College may use the HOPE grant to pay for their tuition or may pay for the tuition out of pocket.
The time it takes to graduate from a non-traditional high school depends on the number of credits a student needs and the motivation of the student. A seat-time waiver from the Department of Education allows students to work at their own pace, first making up classes they’ve failed before moving on to additional coursework.
The non-traditional high school offers credit-deficient students a way to obtain credits without losing additional time.
Yes. Students must take the same state required classes and meet the same graduation requirements as students attending a traditional school
An online courseware serves as the main portion of the Academy's curriculum. The interactive curriculum is aligned to Georgia Performance and Common Core Standards. This curriculum is supplemented with offline assignments and projects that help create additional rigor and relevancy in the curriculum.
Forsyth Academy offers a limited number of electives, but students can also earn elective or technical credit through the Dual Enrollment program with Lanier Technical College.
There will be no extracurricular activities at Forsyth Academy but beginning in the fall of 2013 students attending Forsyth Academy will be able to participate in extracurricular activities at their base school if they meet the requirements established by the school and/or the Georgia High School Association.
Students and parents must complete an Application for Admission and then meet with a counselor at the student's base school to complete the Application Packet. Application packets can be picked up from the counseling office of the student's home school, can be printed from this website, may be mailed to the parent / student, or may be picked up at the Academy. There are posted deadlines for the applications to be returned for particular admission dates. Prior to acceptance, each student's Application will be reviewed by the Forsyth Academy Administration. Students will be contacted upon acceptance.
No transportation is provided to students of Forsyth Academy.
Classes are held from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Students will be scheduled to attend classes during this time period. Forsyth Academy attempts to meet student needs for a flexible schedule. Regular classes are not scheduled on Fridays.
Students have 30 minutes for lunch and Forsyth Academy will operate as an open campus.