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Forsyth Central High School

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Posted November 3, 2013

This is an excellent school. Although it is the oldest high school in Forsyth County, it is by far the best in terms of caring teachers, challenging academics, availability of athletic programs, drama, chorus, the STEM Academy, and home of the Flash of Crimson (one of the best band programs in the southeastern US). My kids love this school and did not want to go anywhere else when given the option. Yes, there are newer high schools in Forsyth County, but they cannot come close in comparison to Central. Just because other schools in the county might be shiny and new, that does not make them a better school. There is a pride that emanates from FCHS students as they navigate their way through their high school experience. They graduate this school with skills and experiences that have enriched their lives and have prepared them for the road ahead. There is no better high school in Forsyth County. I am the proud parent of two current students and one FCHS honors graduate. If you want your child to get an excellent education and have fun in sports, band, STEM or other activities along the way, enroll them in Forsyth Central. They will love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

If I could give 0 stars I would. Please do not send your child here.. We came from West and have continually been disappointed. Most of the teachers are not knowledgeable, the school itself is poorly run and outdated. The administration is unhelpful. There is a growing drug/alcohol problem, although that seems to be prevalent at many schools in this county. Forsyth central has to be the worst school I've seen to date... a joke to the county. If you want a good school, Lambert, West, or South are your best bet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

I have 2 children attending Forsyth Central and have had a fantastic experience. We attended another South Forsyth high school in years past and found Forsyth Central to be the most diverse high school in the county! We love it here! The administrative personnel could not be more accommodating and friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2013

Just a warning: stay as far away as you can. It is really a shame to have this school in the county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2013

I am in the STEM program at Central and am LOVING IT. Other schools are defensive and talk about their IB programs, which are good, but in the science and math sector STEM exceeds. People talk about racism, but you will not encounter that any more than at other schools. The teachers are almost all supportive and willing to help. Central gets a bad reputation because it is the oldest school and people think that is bad. However it is a lot more put together then some of the others.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 13, 2012

I have gone to many schools and lived in many places, but I wouldn't trade Central for anything. to all the people talking about racism: there is racism EVERYWHERE in EVERY TOWN. Central is not racist and is a very successful school. Yes, the school mostly very conservative and to me, that is a problem. Not having a huge political spectrum, that is. But Central is an amazing place.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2012

Central is a good school but and they have their issues with violent students racism is alive at this school i will be removing my child from this school it's a shame that your ethnicity is a factor with some individuals
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2011

Please note, FCHS is the home of the new STEM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). This is a VERY rigorous program and not for the faint of heart. They have an excellent band program. The drama program is well-supported and the chorus is coming along nicely. Some of the teachers are very good at following I.E.P.s (Individual Educational Programs and some are DECIDEDLY not! However, I will reserve my full judgment until my child graduates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2010

Its an ok school, there are alot of haters at this school. Unless your white it is pretty hard to be a stand out student. The reason for that is racism. Anyways you want great schools Go to Santa Ana Ca and Orange county California. Its a better life over here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2010

I absolutely LOVE this school. I wouldn't want to go anywhere else. My teachers are very wonderful and I love them all. I have friends that attend other schools in the county and they all say that FCHS is the best! Class of 2013!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 27, 2010

I have two children who are currently attending FCHS. They are very diffeerent from each other and both have found wonderful experiences with FCHS. One child is very involved int he drama department. We could not have been happier when we found out that FCHS was the county's school that offered a career pathway from dramatic arts! Our other child is athletic and participates in several school sports. Both children take AP courses and standard classes as well. They had a desire to learn Greek, which was not offered, but there is was a teacher who agreed to meet with them on her own time and teach them Greek! Our experience has been a wonderful one at FCHS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

I love it! There are no drugs or gangs. The best in forsyth county.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2009

Great school...Great Staff, Great kids, The school offers so much for the kids and engages them in all their choices.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

Most desirable school in the area! Large enough to offer a large variety of classes yet small enough that every student can be involved!


Posted August 17, 2008

I attended Central and loved it. I graduated in 2005 and enjoyed four wonderful years there. I had many caring teachers who encouraged me and also participated in multiple extracurricular activities. Forsyth Central offers a wealth of courses and a variety of extracurricular activities. my
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2008

Wonderful school, dedicated and caring teachers, harworking and caring students, both my daughters are graduates of this school and went on to successful college careers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2008

My 4 children attended Central & they are all successful students at Georgia Tech & UGA. Every one of our children were encouraged to do his & her best & work hard by the dedicated teachers & the wonderful counseling staff. I get tired of hearing other parents complain if their children were not 'given' grades. Children need to work to achieve & Central cares about teaching their students responsibility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2007

The students are as exhausted as the teachers. The school scores fairly low on the new SAT. No effort to teach these kids how to think; hence, they forfeit their imaginations in exchange for tests they could take over and over again until they got an acceptable grade. Good school? Don't believe the hype.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2006

Where are the black students at Central?
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 16, 2004

I'm a part of the 2003 graduated class of central. We had a great principal (Kenny Fox. great man). Teachers were great if you strove to put yourself into the AP classes and the more advanced classes. I'm a third semester student at Georgia Tech right now, and i feel coming here that i had plenty of preperation for this tough college. It was a really safe school, with a really great art program, great drama, bad football , and state recognized band. I'd say overall, i think i got one of the better schools in the state. But they won't force your student to take the more difficult classes... you'll have to do that yourself. They are there if you want them at FCHS and the environment is great.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

310 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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95%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

306 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

312 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
96%
Social Studies

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

310 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
96%
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.

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

453 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
92%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

466 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%
Coordinate Algebra

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

406 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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n/a

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n/a
Integrated Math I

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

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
78%
Integrated Math II

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

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
79%
Physical Science

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

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
U.S. History

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

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
66%
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 71% 44%
Hispanic 21% 12%
Black 3% 37%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Rudy Hampton
Fax number
  • (770) 781-2289

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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520 Tribble Gap Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: (770) 887-8151

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