Welcome to the Transition Services webpage.
"Welcome Center for the International Students"
Almon C. Hill Education Center
136 Almon C. Hill Drive
Cumming, GA 30040
Normal Office Hours:
Monday through Friday8am-12pm and 1pm- 3:30pm(closed daily from 12pm-1pm)OverviewWelcome to the Forsyth County Schools System's Transition Services. The Transition Services Office has been established to serve non-English speaking students and their parents. The Cumming/Forsyth Changing Demographics Task Force identified the need for a central location to serve students and their families that would support and embrace the challenges of diversity within the community.
Services ProvidedRegistration AssistanceEnrollment through the Transition Services will provide appropriate assessment and placement of students within the Forsyth County School System and provide critical information to parents that will allow them to better understand and support their child's academic achievement.
- Explain Forsyth County Schools registration procedures and required paperwork that must be completed for enrollment
Evaluate the student's level of English using the W-APT http://www.wida.us.
The W-APT test is used to determine eligibility for English to Speakers of Other Languages Program (ESOL).
- Survey of general math skills
- Grade placement
- Evaluation of transcripts outside U.S.
- Provide overview of Forsyth County School System and allow parents the opportunity to ask questions concerning instruction services
- Determine eligibility for services through Migrant Education
To help make this transition a smooth one for both students and their families, it is important that you are informed of the requirements for new students entering the Forsyth County School System.They are as follows:
- Two proofs of residency
- (1) a current utility bill (electric, water, etc.)
- (2) lease agreement, deed, closing statement, mortgage statement, or property tax statement
- (OR) Forsyth County Schools Affidavit of Residency (landlord must also provide the documents noted above)
- Certificate of Immunization (on Georgia Form 3231)
- Certificate of Ear, Eye & Dental Examination (on Georgia Form 3300)
- Copy of certified birth certificate
- Social security number or waiver form
- Parent's ID
- Transcripts outside of U.S.
Family Involvement/Family Literacy
- No Parent Left Behind workshops
- Kindergarten orientation/transition sessions
- Reading foundation/basic computer classes
Teacher and Parent Resource Center
Materials are available for teachers working with EL (English Learners) students and parents. The following materials provide a sample of resources that may be checked out through the Transition Service Center:
- Bilingual Dictionaries (Spanish, Bosnian, German, etc.)
- Spanish/English dictionaries for school terminology, school nurse's office
- Reading materials for students
- Parenting books, tapes, and videos
Academic Resource Guide for Kindergarten Parents (English)
Academic Resource Guide for Kindergarten Parents (Spanish)
Student Resources: Mustang Room 4 Kids at Midway Elementary http://www.forsythcountyschools.org/its/kadkins/mustang/kids.htm?1303Nav=|&NodeID=2564
Additional items are also available for Title I schools through the Transition Services Office.
Head Start/Pre-K Program
Ninth District Opportunity Head Start/Pre K in partnership with the Forsyth County Schools currently operates an 80 student 3 and 4-year old preschool program at the Almon C. Hill Education Center with a focus on non-English speaking students. Students eligible for Head Start must meet income eligibility requirements. English language instruction and school readiness are components of the Head Start/Pre K program. Four lead teachers, teacher assistants, a resource coordinator and a family partner provide support to parents with children enrolled in the Head Start/Pre K program.
Workshop Flyer for Pre-K/Head Start (ENGLISH)
Workshop Flyer for Pre-K/Head Start (SPANISH)
We encourage you to be an active partner with your child's teacher. It is very important that you become involved in your child's education. How can you do this? You may be involved by:
- Helping your child set up a study area at home
- Reading aloud or listening to tapes of books together
- Supporting the school's discipline efforts
- Having conversations with your child
- Attending parent/teacher conferences
Community Support (Partnerships)
- Tyson Foods (Partner in Education)
- SpanGlish Bilingual Services
- Ninth District Opportunity Inc.
- Community Advisory Council
- Sawnee Women's Club
- Certified Community CLCP
- Lanier Technical College
- Piedmont Migrant Education
First Cumming United Methodist Church
Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit
Transition Services - Transition Specialist - Ext. 312717Maria Rodriguez
Transition Services - Administrative Support - Ext. 312715Transition Services - Administrative Support - Ext. 312741