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West Forsyth High School

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 19, 2014

This is a great school with highly qualified teachers who care about their students. I've had great experiences in my interactions with them and with the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

Very happy with West Forsyth. The teachers are involved and care about the students. I get regular updates via email. West offers many AP courses and has prepped the kids for college. The community is also very involved and well connected with their children. For the most part, the kids are well behaved and all around great kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2013

This is a great school. Yes, it's like a prison but the school has great programs for math, theater, and sports in general. While the administration can be frustrating, realize that you are one of over 2000 students and the administration isn't going to wait on you hand and foot. If you need something from them, you have to assert yourself, welcome to the real world. And there are plenty of extra help programs, I know this because I'm a part of them, I tutor a lot of subjects. What it comes down to is you have to give an effort. If you put in close to nothing of an effort, don't be surprised that you get close to nothing as a result. High school is what you make it, not what others make it for you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2013

The teachers and staff are very arrogant and rude. I don't know why they work with children. The extra activities all cost around 1 thousand Dollars and only the favorite kids will be picked. There is so much stress put on the kids how can they enjoy this experience. The portables out front look trashy. I think the school board needs to investigate this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

This school does not even deserve half a star this school is the most stuck up school out there . I'm a student here and can't wait to be homeschooled because the people here don't even know the word thank you. West you Suck!


Posted August 18, 2013

After seven horrible days at this school I want to leave. Everything revolves around sports. Don't go here if you aren't willing to spend 50- 150 dollars on electives, because all of the funding goes to sports. If you wear gym clothes that aren't specifically for West Forsyth PE you get points deducted from your grade and you have to sit out the whole class. They force you to buy their PE clothes and completely disregard financial issues. Their excuse is that it's a safety issue. There is no safety issue here, anybody can simply walk into the school with PE clothes on. Sorry but I'm not gonna get points taken away from my grade and make my GPA go down just because I don't want to buy their apparel to support their football team. I agree with the other reviews about the administration being useless, I have no idea who the principal even is. They didn't tell us how or where to go if we had to get to the nurses or counseling office. Completely useless. Luckily, my teachers seem fine this year except for gym. If I had the chance to go to central, I would take it in a heartbeat. :-)


Posted October 30, 2012

My son has been at this school for 3 years, has been nothing but awful experience. I do not have the means to get him to a different school. There is no contact from the teachers at all unless I initiate it. It is extremely frustrating situation has affected our entire family. Seems that no one cares about the students unless they are in sports. Being as my son is not there are no extra help or extra credit offered to him. He is treated like he is nothing. There are a few very few that care. I will not be sending my other child to this school when it is time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2012

Unfortunately I do agree with the previous review. WFHS's new administration with few exceptions seems to have disappeared from view. Guess the principal stays out of sight, seems to be absent at most parent invited meetings. Most parents I know do not even know what the principal looks like. This school needs a vibrant, social, highly visible leader with exceptional motivational skills to pull it out from under and inject some fire into teachers, students and parents. There is next to no parent involvement with the exception of sports and maybe theater. There is no coordination between coaches and teachers schedules and plans leaving students and parents with mixed messages as to which is considered more important to the administration. Hope they take a look at leadership soon, this school could be the Forsyth County standout but remains marginal and stagnant. There are some really good teachers this school cannot afford to lose.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2012

Notice the trend in the reviews; it is not a coincidence. Parents that have the means and opportunity tend to take their kids out of WFHS. If they are eligible, they send them to NFHS. If not, they send them to private school. The school is basically a life support system for a sports program. Beyond that, unless a teacher is among the cronies, they are badly demoralized by a heavy handed administration. The administration knows that unlike customers, families cycle out in four years, right on queue. They just wait you out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2012

My daughter has had an amazing experience but it is mostly because I have been involved every step of the way. Teachers are hit or miss and the Theater program is award winning but the director is a true dictator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2012

It is disappointing and frustrating that a community with so many resources cannot do better than West Forsyth High School. The condition of the grounds, for a nearly new school, is symbolic of the neglect there. As others have pointed out, the teachers are disaffected and are programmed to punch-the-clock, right on queue. The discipline is also contingent upon whether the student is among the crony families at the school. I feel terrible that I subjected my oldest to the cess pool that is the WFHS administration; I didn't repeat that mistake with the rest of my kids.


Posted November 8, 2011

Honestly this is easily the worst school in the county and it just keeps getting worse. We had a good principal up until this year then he resigned , leaving a horrible administration even worse. The school looks and is run like a prison, a majority of the teachers can't teach to save their lives, and the school itself is not even maintained well. It opened 4 years ago and over half the water fountains dont even work already, just to give you a picture of how well they maintain it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 27, 2010

This school is the worst school in the county. the teachers are pitiful and their teaching skills are below average standards. The administration and staff care nothing for the students and sometimes take part in bullying them as well. While this only applies to some teahers, the students who play sports are favored and can be given extra credit while other students cannot. I, being a student who plays sports has noticed this wildly throughout the school. I know for a fact that if i had children , I would never send them here unless the administration and most of the staff is totally different. i cannot wait to leave this prison.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2010

This school will either be the worst or best you've ever been too, sometimes at the same time. Some of the teachers are amazing and really take the time to teach the material in a manner the students understand but is also challenging and deep, especially in the AP program. On the other hand some teachers are either teaching subjects they are not suited for, have visibly given up on student or teaching, or do not try and teach but rather hand out information and opinions. Whether this school is good or not really comes down to the luck of the draw, in what teachers you have. The administration operates in much the same way, as do all the programs through out the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 13, 2010

I left West Forsyth this year because of the poor teaching quality. The teachers appear to really not have a clue on what they are teaching (with an exception of a few). The students don't get along very well with each other and for a school in a county as small as Forsyth, that's really strange. My brother moved from West his freshman year and transferred to North Forsyth because of the horrible administration and staff. Yes, the sports program is very good, but thats really all I can say good about West. I do not recommend going there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2010

Good teachers -- arrogant leadership favoritism towards football players & wrestlers! nothing is organized or managed well. School is set up like a prison.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

We are very pleased with this school. Our son is in honors/accelerated classses and appreciates all of his teachers. He spends a lot of time with homework. One thing that is noticeable is the attention paid to footballers compared to musicians/band, soccer and other sportsplayers. Little communication is given for these other endeavors which leave them a bit abandoned in terms of audience. Doesn't seem to be much parent involvement which at the highschool level isn't all bad. Overall we are very happy and feel very lucky to have such a great scool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2010

At this school the administration and punishment are not well revised. It is clearly unfair and being in an aflunint area, some of the relationships with the administrators and students do not add up. The teachers, most of them, don't know how to teach or what they teach. Although the sports programs are very good it does not out way the low academic program. I would not recommend this school to other students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2009

West Forsyth has some great teachers. Too bad they have such horrible leadship. The principal cares nothing about these students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2009

Excellent High School!!! West Forsyth High School has surpassed our expectations through the schools leadership, teachers and academic programs. Parent communication is well organized and informative.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

459 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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98%

2010

 
 
97%

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96%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

458 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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97%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

457 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
98%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 80% in 2011.

456 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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93%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
97%
Scale: % at or above passing

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2013.

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

577 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

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American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

477 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
96%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

596 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

519 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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56%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

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88%

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85%

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87%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

438 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
78%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
89%

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95%

2010

 
 
90%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

479 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 44%
Hispanic 9% 12%
Black 3% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4155 Drew Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: (770) 888-3470

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