Forsyth County Schools
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|Forsyth County Public Schools|
|1120 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming, Georgia 30040
|Type||Public school district|
|Motto||Quality Learning and Superior Performance for All|
|Superintendent||Dr. Jeff Bearden|
|Accreditation(s)||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Students and staff|
Forsyth County Schools is a public school district in Forsyth County, Georgia, United States, based in Cumming. FCS serves 42,600 students and is the largest employer in the county with over 4,100 full-time employees and 1,500 substitutes. Out of 180 school districts, FCS is the seventh largest school system in Georgia.
The district was established in 1860 as one of the first free public school systems in Georgia.
FCS consists of twenty-one elementary schools; ten middle schools; five high schools; the Academies for Creative Education; iAchieve Virtual Academy, FCS' 6-12 online school; and Forsyth Academy and Gateway Academy, which are alternative programs for middle and high school students.
Annually, FCS adds an average of 1,700 new students. A new elementary and middle school opened in 2016, and a new high school is scheduled to open in 2018.
Among Georgia’s 15 largest school districts, FCS has the highest high school writing test results, the highest graduation rate and the highest district SAT scores. The district consistently leads the state with the highest state standardized test scores.
FCS provides a variety of unique learning opportunities for students, including the opportunity to earn high school credit in middle school, the STEM Academy at Forsyth Central High School, an International Baccalaureate program at South Forsyth High School, and online learning at all high schools. The district was the first in Georgia to make up inclement weather days with online learning.
FCS is internationally recognized for being a leader in instructional and operational technology. This includes 1:2 computing ratios and internal broadcasting systems in all schools, as well as each classroom being equipped with a permanent interactive whiteboard, projector, cable and Internet access, DVD/VCR, desktop computers, and phones with voicemail. All full-time teachers are provided notebook computers, email, and websites/social media tools. Parents are provided with online communication tools to monitor students' assignments and grades 24 hours a day. The district was among the first in the nation to utilize BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology), which allows students to bring their own technology to use in the classroom. All students and teachers use the online learning management system itslearning.
Board of Education
- Tom Cleveland - District 3
- Darla Light - District 4
- Ann Crow - District 1
- Kristin Morrissey - District 4
- Nancy Roche - District 5
Dr. Jeff Bearden joined Forsyth County Schools as superintendent on September 2, 2014.