Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, North Carolina

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Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Forsyth County Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Beverly Emory
Graduation rate:82.1 percent[2]
Number of schools:79
Budget: $556.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Jane D. Goins
Board members:9
Term length:4
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 53,340 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] District schools have earned awards from national groups including a 2012 National Blue Ribbon from the United States Department of Education for Whitaker Elementary School and the 2012 Simpson Distinguished Merit Award from Magnet Schools of America for Hanes Magnet School. The district was also one of two in North Carolina to earn the AP District Honor Roll Award from The College Board.[3]

About the district

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is located in Forsyth County, North Carolina
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is located in Winston-Salem, the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina. Forsyth County is home to 361,220 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] Forsyth County Schools is the fourth-largest school district in North Carolina.


Forsyth County outperformed the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.6 percent of Forsyth County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Forsyth County was $45,809 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Forsyth County was 17.6 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Forsyth County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 68.0 71.9
Black or African American 27.1 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 2.1 2.5
Two or More Races 2.0 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 12.4 8.7

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[5]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 53.0 45.8
2008 54.8 44.3
2004 45.5 54.1
2000 43.0 56.0

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.[6][7]


The superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is Beverly Emory as of June 18, 2014. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2013. Emory previously served as the superintendent of Pitt County Schools in North Carolina from 2006 to 2013.[8]

School board

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. Three members are elected by the entire county, two members are elected to seats in District 1 and four members are elected to seats in District 2.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Irene May At-large 2014
Jeannie Metcalf At-large 2014
Elisabeth Motsinger At-large 2014
John M. Davenport Jr. 1 2014
Vic Johnson 1 2014
A.L. "Buddy" Collins 2 2014
Jane D. Goins 2 2014
Marilyn Parker 2 2014
Jill A. Tackabery 2 2014

School board elections

See also: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a concurrent basis. All nine seats were up for election on November 4, 2014. The next election for board seats will take place in 2018.

Public participation in board meetings

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

The public is invited to participate in all scheduled board meetings. All meetings are held at the Education Building, 4801 Bethania Station Road in Winston-Salem. An agenda or "Board book" will be provided for each session and is available at the media table in the back of the auditorium. Board books also are available at the link on the left. To speak to the board during a session, please register at the media table. Public comments are welcome and will be heard during the "Meeting Open to the Public" item on the agenda. Please limit your remarks to three minutes. The board recorder will time each speaker. The chairman may grant an additional two minutes, if requested. Although the board will listen to your concerns about individual school problems, it recommends first working with teachers and principals of those schools, who can resolve most problems. If you believe that a law, policy or rule has been violated, you should use the grievance procedure established by the board. Matters which cannot be resolved at the school level should be taken to the appropriate assistant superintendent, then to the superintendent before approaching the board.


—Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools website, (2014) [10]


The table below displays the budget for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools:[11]

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
2010-2011 $350,879,000 63% $24,793,000 4.5% $130,993,000 23.5% $26,766,000 4.8% $23,422,000 4.2% $556,853,000
Averages: $350,879,000 63% $24,793,000 4% $130,993,000 24% $26,766,000 5% $23,422,000 4% $556,853,000

Teacher salaries

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County teacher salaries are based on years of service and educational achievement. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. All certified educators working in North Carolina school districts receive salaries based on a legislated salary schedule approved annually by the state legislature. While the state sets minimum salaries, a district may approve additional funds to account for variables such as location, market conditions or school demographics. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by state legislators:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA, 0-10 years 30,800 40,100
BA, 11-20 years 37,110 47,330
BA, 21-30 years 42,820 54,160
BA, 31+ years 49,030 59,560
MA, 0-10 years 33,880 44,110
MA, 11-20 years 40,820 52,070
MA, 21-30 years 47,100 59,580
MA, 31+ years 53,930 65,520

Schools in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools


The district served 53,340 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 3.1 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 51,738 -
2008-2009 52,906 2.3
2009-2010 52,795 -0.2
2010-2011 53,367 1.1
2011-2012 53,340 -0.1

District schools

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools operates 79 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
Ashley Elementary School
Atkins Academic & Technology High School
Bolton Elementary School
Brunson Elementary School
Caleb's Creek Elementary School
Career Center High School
Carter High School
Carver High School
Cash Elementary School
Children's Center
Clemmons Elementary School
Clemmons Middle School
Cook Elementary School
Diggs-Latham Elementary School
East Forsyth High School
East Forsyth Middle School
Easton Elementary School
Flat Rock Middle School
Forest Park Elementary School
Frank Morgan Elementary School
Gibson Elementary School
Glenn High School
Griffith Elementary School
Hall-Woodward Elementary School
Hanes Middle School
Hospital/Homebound Educational Center
Ibraham Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
John F. Kennedy High School
John F. Kennedy School
Kernersville Elementary School
Kernersville Middle School
Kimberley Park Elementary School
Kimmel Farm Elementary School
Kingswood School
Konnoak Elementary School
Lewisville Elementary School
Lowrance Middle School
Main Street Academy
Meadowlark Elementary School
Meadowlark Middle School
Middle Fork Elementary School
Mineral Springs Elementary School
Mineral Springs Middle School
Moore Elementary School
Mount Tabor High School
North Forsyth High School
North Hills Elementary School
Northwest Middle School
Old Richmond Elementary School
Old Town Elementary School
Paisley IB Middle School
Parkland IB Magnet School
Petree Elementary School
Philo-Hill Magnet Academy
Piney Grove Elementary School
RJ Reynolds High School
Reagan High School
Rural Hall Elementary School
Sedge Garden Elementary School
Sherwood Forest Elementary School
Smith Farm Elementary School
South Fork Elementary School
Southeast Middle School
Southwest Elementary School
Speas Elementary School
The Downtown Elementary School
The Special Children's School
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Union Cross Elementary School
Vienna Elementary School
Walkertown Elementary School
Walkertown High School
Walkertown Middle School
Ward Elementary School
West Forsyth High School
Whitaker Elementary School
Wiley Middle School
Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy

Academic performance

Academic performance information for the district is available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports use measurements defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act to report progress on annual tests to the United States Department of Education. During the 2010-2011 school year, 17 out of 81 schools (21.0 percent) in the district met AYP goals for North Carolina schools. The following tables detail ACT and SAT scores for high school students in the district from 2012:[14]

District SAT scores, 2012[15]
Best possible score District average score State average score
SAT 1600 1006 997
SAT 2400 1479 1469

District ACT scores, 2012[16]
Best possible score District average score State average score
36 18.4 18.2

Contact information

Forsyth County Schools logo.jpg
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
PO Box 2513
Winston-Salem, NC 27102-2513
Phone: (336) 727-2816

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 29, 2014
  2. North Carolina Public Schools, "2013 School Districts *Cohort Graduation Rate," accessed June 18, 2014
  3. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, "Welcome to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools," accessed June 18, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Forsyth County, North Carolina," accessed April 29, 2014
  5. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed April 29, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. 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.
  8. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, "Superintendent Beverly Emory," accessed June 18, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, "Board of Education," accessed June 19, 2014
  11. U.S. Census, "Public Education Finances: 2011," May 2013
  12. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Salary Guides," accessed June 19, 2014
  13. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, "School Directory," June 9, 2014
  14. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Adequate Yearly Progress," accessed June 18, 2014
  15. Public Schools of North Carolina, "THE NORTH CAROLINA 2012 SAT REPORT," accessed June 18, 2014
  16. Public Schools of North Carolina, "ACT Results," accessed June 18, 2014