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Forsyth County Schools, Georgia

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Forsyth County Schools
Forsyth County, Georgia
Forsyth County Schools (GA) logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Keith Porter
Graduation rate:87.78 percent[2]
Number of schools:37
Budget: $281.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Darla Light
Board members:5
Term length:4
Forsyth County Schools is a school district in Georgia that served 37,262 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] The district has generated finalists for the state's Superintendent of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Counselor of the Year awards since 2010. District schools also produced winners of the SAT Governor's Cup and the state's Elementary Principal of the Year during the same period.[3]

About the district

Forsyth County Schools is located in Forsyth County, Georgia
Forsyth County Schools is located in Forsyth County, Georgia. The county seat of Forsyth County is Cumming, Georgia. Forsyth County is home to 195,405 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] Forsyth County Schools is the ninth-largest school district in Georgia.


Forsyth County outperformed the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 43.3 percent of Forsyth County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Forsyth County was $87,585 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Forsyth County was 6.7 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Forsyth County (%) Georgia (%)
White 87.5 62.8
Black or African American 3.1 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 7.4 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 9.6 9.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The superintendent of Forsyth County Schools is Jeff Bearden. He was appointed to the position beginning on September 2, 2014. His predecessor was an interim superintendent, Keith Porter.[7]

School board

The Forsyth County Board of Education consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific geographic district.

Forsyth County Board of Education
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Ann K. Crow 1 2002 2014
Kristin Morrissey 2 2010 2014
Tom Cleveland 3 2004 2016
Darla Light 4 2008 2016
Nancy Roche 5 2000 2016

Forsyth County Schools map.jpg

School board elections

See also: Forsyth County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats are up for election on November 4, 2014. Three seats will be on the ballot in November 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2009:

The Board welcomes and encourages citizens to attend its meetings to understand the role of the Board and the operations of the Forsyth County School System, and to speak on educational issues or concerns.

During regular Board meetings, a specific portion of the meeting agenda may be set aside to allow comments by members of the public. For scheduling purposes, prospective speakers with non-agenda related items must sign-up by noon, two business days prior to the regular Board meeting date with the Clerk of the Board. Prospective speakers with agenda related items may sign-up with the Clerk of the Board up until 15 minutes prior to the start time of the regular Board meeting. The Board may also call special meetings solely for the purpose of public participation and comment.

To guarantee an orderly meeting and to ensure that as many people as possible have an opportunity to speak during public participation, the Board has the following procedures:

  • The Board may limit the time allocated for public participation as well as the length of individual comments at their discretion.
  • Where appropriate, the public is urged to follow the School System’s Issues Resolution Process before presenting issues or concerns to the Board through public participation.
  • Only Forsyth County residents, representatives of businesses or organizations, or school system employees may address the Board during public participation. No individual or group will be retaliated against, in any manner whatsoever, for speaking during public participation.
  • The Board requests that multiple speakers from a group or organization appoint a single representative to address the Board.
  • All speakers shall address the Board by first stating their names. All remarks shall be made to the Board as a body and addressed through the Chair. Remarks shall not be addressed to individual Board members.
  • Speakers may bring printed material and other supporting materials. These materials should be given to the Clerk of the Board.
  • Personnel issues involving individual employees, issues involving individual students and pending litigation are not subjects for public participation.
  • Speakers are asked to keep their remarks civil. Profane, rude, defamatory remarks and personal attacks will not be allowed.
  • The Board will not respond to comments made by the speaker during public participation unless they chose to ask questions. Speakers should remain at the microphone while answering questions.

The Chairman of the Board is responsible for enforcing this policy and speakers who are found in violation will have their allotted speaking time immediately concluded.

By reading and acknowledging acceptance prior to speaking during public participation, speakers attest that they understand and will abide by this policy. Failure to abide by this policy may result in forfeiture of the right to participate in future Board meetings.


—Forsyth County Schools website, (2014) [9]


The table below displays the budget for Forsyth County Schools:[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $225,087,235 79.8% $20,400,716 7.2% $36,395,450 12.9% $0 0% $90,780 0% $281,974,181
Averages: $225,087,235 80% $20,400,716 7% $36,395,450 13% $0 0% $90,780 0% $281,974,181

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Forsyth County Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2012-2013 school year:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 39,446.74 58,815.18
MA 44,419.72 66,460.23
Specialist 49,375.83 74,082.98
Doctorate 54,114.72 81,370.12

Schools in Forsyth County Schools


The district served 37,262 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 20.1 percent increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 30,655 -
2008-2009 32,374 5.6
2009-2010 34,208 5.7
2010-2011 35,920 5.1
2011-2012 37,262 3.7

District schools

Forsyth County Schools operates 37 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Forsyth County Schools
Big Creek Elementary
Brookwood Elementary
Chattahoochee Elementary
Chestatee Elementary
Coal Mountain Elementary
Cumming Elementary
Daves Creek Elementary
Forsyth Academy/Academy at Night
Forsyth Central High
Gateway Academy
Haw Creek Elementary
iAchieve Virtual Academy
Johns Creek Elementary
Kelly Mill Elementary
Lakeside Middle
Lambert High
Liberty Middle
Little Mill Middle
Mashburn Elementary
Matt Elementary
Midway Elementary
North Forsyth High
North Forsyth Middle
Otwell Middle
Piney Grove Middle
Riverwatch Middle
Sawnee Elementary
Settles Bridge Elementary
Sharon Elementary
Shiloh Point Elementary
Silver City Elementary
South Forsyth High
South Forsyth Middle
Vickery Creek Elementary
Vickery Creek Middle
West Forsyth High
Whitlow Elementary

Academic performance

The Georgia Department of Education administers annual tests to students in grades three through eight called the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, English language arts (ELA), math, science and social studies. The CRCTs are designed to measure progress by students in topics covered by the Common Core State Standards. A student meets state proficiency goals with a score of 800 and exceeds state proficiency goals with a score of 850 or higher. The following tables detail the percentage of students who met or exceeded proficiency levels on the CRCTs during the 2012-2013 school year:[13][14]

CRCT Scores, Grades 3-5, 2012-2013[14]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 Reading 98.8
3 ELA 96.8
3 Math 90.8
3 Science 91.7
3 Social Science 94.1
4 Reading 98.7
4 ELA 97.8
4 Math 95.7
4 Science 94.1
4 Social Science 93.9
5 Reading 98.9
5 ELA 99.1
5 Math 98.4
5 Science 93.4
5 Social Science 95.3

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2012-2013[14]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 99.6
6 ELA 98.0
6 Math 96.8
6 Science 92.3
6 Social Science 94.8
7 Reading 99.0
7 ELA 98.5
7 Math 99.1
7 Science 96.9
7 Social Science 96.6
8 Reading 99.4
8 ELA 98.9
8 Math 97.5
8 Science 90.5
8 Social Science 93.5

Contact information

Forsyth County Schools (GA) logo.jpg
Forsyth County Schools
1120 Dahlonega Highway
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: (770) 887-2461

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed May 20, 2013
  2. Georgia Department of Education, "2012 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate," accessed June 30, 2014
  3. Forsyth County Schools, "District Awards and Honors," accessed July 1, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Forsyth County, Georgia," accessed May 22, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. Forsyth County Schools, "Superintendent," accessed July 1, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Forsyth County Schools, "Public Participation in Board Meetings," August 20, 2009
  10. Forsyth County Schools, "FY 2014 Budget," accessed June 20, 2013
  11. Forsyth County Schools, "2013-2014 Salary Schedules," accessed July 1, 2014
  12. Forsyth County Schools, "Schools," accessed July 1, 2014
  13. Georgia Department of Education, "Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)," accessed June 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Georgia Department of Education, "CRCT Statewide Scores," accessed June 27, 2014