Our school district’s history started in 1873 when "old field schools," log buildings with dirt floors built in cleared fields, were consolidated into one public district. At that time, there were 1,456 total students, 114 Black or African American and 1,342 White. Today, FCS serves over 51,500 students and is the largest employer in the county with 8,000+ full/part-time employees and substitutes. To put these numbers into perspective, our student population is larger than Truist Park's (formerly SunTrust Park) capacity and our staff population is larger than The Fox Theatre's capacity.
Since 2010, our student enrollment has grown 49%, which equates to 16,738 new students. We have built 6 new schools, including Poole's Mill Elementary that opened in August 2020, over the last 10 years and all existing schools prior to 2000 received additions/modifications within the past two decades.
For 2020-21, we are home to 39 schools – 22 elementary, 10 middle, 6 high, and 1 college and career high school. By 2022, we will open three new schools and a new Academies for Creative Education (ACE) for our non-traditional programs.
FCS is the 6th largest out of 180 school districts in Georgia. We operate on a $494 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 FY21 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 $9,209, which is the second-lowest among the 12 largest districts in the state. 13% of the student population is free and/or reduced. We are the only school district in the state to have a 5/5 Star Financial Efficiency Rating for five 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-growing population is Asian students at 25%; the student population is also comprised of White 52%, Hispanic 14%, Black or African American 5%, Two or more races 3%, American Indian or Alaska Native and Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, which are both 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.