Our school district’s history started in 1873 when field schools, log buildings built in cleared fields, were consolidated into one public district. FCS serves over 49,811 students and is the largest employer in the county with 7,600+ full/part-time employees and substitutes. To put these numbers into perspective, our student population is larger than SunTrust Park's capacity and our staff population is larger than The Fox Theatre's capacity.
Since 2009, our student enrollment has grown 53%, which equates to 17,263 new students. We have built 9 new schools over the last 10 years and all existing schools prior to 20000 received additions/modifications within the past two decades. We expect to surpass 50,000 total students this year!
For 2019-20, we are home to 38 schools – 21 elementary, 10 middle, 6 high, and 1 college and career high school. By 2022, we will open 4 additional new schools and a new Academies for Creative Education (ACE).
FCS is the 7th largest out of 180 school districts in Georgia. We operate on a $479 million budget, with 73% of our expenses tied to instruction. The budget income is 48% from local funds and 52% from state and federal funds. The FY20 budget was built with a 15% fund balance and maintains the same millage rate for the last five years, which is the lowest in Metro-Atlanta. FCS’ per pupil expenditure is $8,220.94, which is the lowest among the 12 largest districts in the state. We are the only school district in the state to have a 5/5 Star Financial Efficiency Rating for four consecutive years.
One of the many things that make FCS special is that even with our growth, we still maintain a small town feel and form connections that go beyond the walls of our schools. As one of the nation’s top 11 fastest growing communities, Forsyth County’s growth and increasing diversity have had a positive impact on our schools. Highly motivated students come to our classrooms locally and from all over the world, representing 124 countries and 52 languages. The fastest growth population is Asian students at 22%; the student population is also comprised of White 57%, Hispanic 14%, Black or African American 4%, Two or more races 3%, American Indian or Alaska Native and Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, which are both under 1%.
Parental and community support in FCS is unmatched. All schools have active PTA/Os, Local School Councils (LSC), volunteer/mentor programs, and Partners in Education and booster programs.
- School and District Data Profiles
- State (CCRPI) Test Results
- Georgia Insights (GADOE)
- State Report Card, Dashboard and Data
- School Grades Reports
- Schools Like Mine
For additional information contact Anita Seay.