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    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.


    Who does the non-traditional high school serve?

    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.


    Is the non-traditional high school part of the regular public school system?

    Yes. The non-traditional high school enrolls students who are referred from the regular public school system.


    Are there any restrictions for applying to the Academy?

    Yes.  All students that attend the Academy must be residents of Forsyth County, have attempted at least one year at a traditional high school.


    Is there any cost to attend the Academy?

    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.


    How long does it take to graduate from a non-traditional high school?

    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.


    Do non-traditional high school students adhere to the same academic and graduating requirements expected of ALL Georgia high school students?

    Yes. Students must take the same state required classes and meet the same graduation requirements as students attending a traditional school



    What type of online curriculum does the non-traditional high school use?

    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.


    Does the non-traditional high school offer electives?

    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.


    Does the non-traditional high school offer extracurricular activities?

    Students attending Forsyth Academy may participate in clubs, events, and extracurricular activities at their base school.  Students are eligible to participate in athletic programs if they work with our school counselor to meet the requirements established by the school and/or the Georgia High School Association. 


    What else differs from the regular Forsyth County high schools?

    Traditional bus transportation is not available to students of Forsyth Academy.  Bus transportation to the student’s home or to the base school for students scheduled for classes there is provided at 12 noon.  Students would need transportation to Forsyth Academy in the morning.  No transportation is provided in the afternoon.  

    Classes are held Monday through Thursday 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. 



Last Modified on August 24, 2022