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 49,300 students and is the largest employer in the county with 7,643 full/part-time employees and substitutes.
Since 2000, our student enrollment has grown 215%. We have built 20 new schools and all existing schools received additions/modifications.
For 2018-19, we are home to 39 schools – 21 elementary, 10 middle, 6 high, 1 virtual 6-12 school, and 1 college and career high school. By 2022, we will open 4 additional new schools.
FCS is the 7th largest out of 180 school districts in Georgia.We operate on a $444 million budget, with 73% of our expenses tied to instruction. The budget income is 48.51% from local funds and 51.49% from state and federal funds. The FY19 budget was built maintaining 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 three 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. The fastest growth population is Asian students at 21%; the student population is also comprised of White 57%, Hispanic 14%, Black 4%, Multi-Racial 3%, American Indian and Pacific, 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.