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9-12
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Cumming, GA
Students enrolled: 1,852

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585 Peachtree Pkwy
Cumming, GA 30041

(770) 781-2264
(770) 888-1224
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January 01, 2014
I've also noticed a slow drop-off in school quality. Lambert's opening drained a lot of great teachers and more affluent students from SFHS, which is probably why other parents are also noticing a change in the school. The increased diversity in the student body, however is nice. We are an African American family and our kids definitely feel comfortable attending this school. Not sure that would have been true 15 years ago.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2013
I am a currently a student here and all I have to say is, this school is awful. The teachers couldn't care less about the students and the on-level material they teach is like an advanced course at any other school. Socially it is even worse, the school is very cliquey and not the best for new kids. The students are not accepting and very judgmental. I cannot wait for the day I graduate.

- submitted by a community member
December 07, 2013
We moved here a few years ago for the schools and unfortunately it seems the schools have gone down a bit recently. My children are not in the IB program (prospective parents need to keep in mind this program is a BIG reason overall test scores at this school remain high) and I sometimes feel the teachers are teaching to the lowest common denominator and are not challenging students enough. My children have mentioned discipline/disruptive students as being an issue as well in some classes. In hindsight, if we could redo our move, we'd probably have moved to West Forsyth or even Milton instead...

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
South Forsyth County's demographics have changed dramatically over the last couple years and unsurprisingly, this trend has had a huge impact on the South Forsyth school clusters. With increasing diversity has come new opportunities and challenges for the school. My daughter, for example, actually has picked up a great deal of Spanish outside the classroom through her friends, many of whom are Hispanic. However, she also did say that in some of her on-level courses, some of the non-native English speakers made it much more difficult for the teacher to teach. On balance, though I think the increased diversity has been a net positive!

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2013
Great School. Phenomenal Faculty and Administration. Challenging Program for bright students. If you want to challenge your kids then this is the perfect school. I am so happy my daughter attends SFHS.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
My son graduated from SFH in 2010 he took mostly AP and honors classes (a must at this School to get the education you need for college - per my Son). WE loved South during his time there. Mind you there were a lot of drug issues at this school. One scary incident involving one of my son's classmates O'Ding in class his Senior year! My daughter graduated from Lambert High in 2012. When they opened Lambert all the amazing teachers left to teach at Lambert and along with this South lost a lot of quality students with the redistricting. My son's last year at South was NOTHING like the previous 3 years. Between the redistricting and downsizing of the school I fear the quality of the students/parents reflects the quality of the education. You can make all kinds of excuses as why this is but it has shown in the recent test scores from South vs Lambert. I predicted when the wealthy kids were redistricted out of South the scores would tumble. My thought is when you have wealthy kids you have educated parents high expectation that transfer over into the school. I predict VERY soon in the near future that Lambert will take the IB program away from South.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2012
Great School. Phenomenal Faculty and Administration. Challenging Program for bright students. Am so happy my daughter attends SFHS.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2012
The best kept secret is the IB Programme at South. Excellent School! Excellent Education! Excellent IB Teachers and Non-IB Teahcers

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2012
re: the last review, "My current 2 attending are doing mostly AP and honors classes because even though the school has downsized, the diversity has changed and there are maybe even less expectations in regular classes." - and also in regards to previous, so what are you saying? The divers kids (i.e. non-white kids) are bring down your precious lily-white schools? Do you have stats to back that up? Couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that NCLB is a complete failure! I hear what you're saying, but it's not like it's the ghetto up here, and is it possible that the teachers are frustrated because their hands are tied to the less than impressive state curriculum? No the colored kids are always an easy scapegoat. You really need to check you neck!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2011
SFHS is a great school if you care about education and, therefore, have instilled that into your children. I have 4 children... 2 have graduated, 2 are currently attending. One did the AP class route after realizing that staying in regular classes would be incredibly painful (diverse and large school meant low expectations in the regular classes) and one did the IB program... great experiences for both of them with teachers and great preparation for college (very impt.). My current 2 attending are doing mostly AP and honors classes because even though the school has downsized, the diversity has changed and there are maybe even less expectations in regular classes. There are a couple of bad teachers but a large majority are good and the honors/AP/IB teachers are exceptional. My oldest 2 were well prepared for college. I expect my younger 2 to be well prepared, as well. The teachers are very good about being available to the students for extra help before and after school. Saturday academy is a great idea and student tutors are available also. Failing is not tolerated. I believe failing students have to attend Saturday academies (or something like that). Overall they care.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2011
I FREAKIN LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! its awesome. hey its all outside but it could be worse. (: nice teachers awesome at sports. its a great place to be(: YEAH SENIORS 11!

- submitted by a student
March 24, 2010
I'm a junior here and I can't wait for the day I graduate. The school can be compared to the Walmart of big-box schooling if that makes sense. By this I mean you have teachers that literally read out of the textbook, can only answer questions out of the textbook, and hate their jobs (there are exceptions). I also have classmates that don't know enough math to understand algebra or geometry, etc. etc. Average and maybe even below-average students will do ok. The truly gifted and motivated kids suffer.

- submitted by a student
January 19, 2010
As a parent with children that have been through the system (first Sharon ES, then Riverwatch MS), the drop off in quality from elementary and middle school to the high school level is a bit disappointing. SFHS is not a bad school, but it does not cater to the gifted/advanced student. My daughter constantly complains that her coursework is not challenging enough and that many students in her classes simply don't take school seriously. We have talked with her teachers who have replied that due to the diversity of the student body, they 'cannot hold my daughter to a higher standard.' As an involved parent this is unacceptable. We have been happy with Forsyth County schools for our entire life but are now looking into moving to Fulton or Cobb where the high schools seem to offer more rigor.

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September 14, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 27, 2009
My daughter just started at SFHS (Aug. 09) as a freshman and LOVES IT. She wants to go in early and stay late! Her teachers and classmates are competitive and encourage her to strive for excellence. SFHS used to be crowded due to the rapid growth of this area, but with the opening of a new high school they were able to remove all of the trailer classrooms that used to fill the parking lot. Is it the best school in the nation? No, but they did rank 371st on Nesweek's recent list of top 1500 high schools in the nation, making the list for the third year in a row. Forsyth County also had the highest avg ACT scores (2008/09) for high school districts in Georgia, with South Forsyth HS leading the group.

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June 13, 2009
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May 04, 2009
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no rating February 19, 2009
We love this high school. Coming from California we didn't know what to expect. I would rate east bay San Francisco 5 and south forsyth a 9 out of 10. The teachers are extremely accomodating all having much more than just a teaching certificate many with bachelor and master and doctorate degrees. My daughters can't believe how much better the schools are here compared to Northern California

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February 20, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 23, 2008
As a parent of a past and current HS student, I feel the school could do more for the students with IEP's with tutoring like having a tutoring labs for the students. It is nice they have IB or AP curriculums but IEP student [need] more special help.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2007
Being a student, I think this school is great. We have great teachers, and some not so great as does every school. The students are also very nice.

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November 17, 2007
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November 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2007
Unfortunately I have a very negative experience at SFHS. I am convinced that the administrators are not looking after a child best interest in this school. The children do not get individual attention and consideration.

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November 16, 2007
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November 16, 2007
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October 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2007
I have three children--one is already in college and two are currently students at the school. We have had a very positive experience at SFHS. Each one of my children has either followed the IB or AP curriculum. I am a former high school math teacher myself (from the North) and believe my children are receiving an excellent educational experience. The school also offers an abundance of extra curricular activities that have truly enriched their education.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2007
SFHS is a great football team with a curriculum attached to it. As you might expect here in the 3rd fastest growing county in America (!), the school is overcrowded like a New York subway car on Monday morning. That is not the school's fault. IMO, the curriculum is good - you could even consider it challenging, by southern standards. The teachers are generally well respected, and that coming from a 17-year-old boy is high praise. Crime seems to be no real problem here. It's overall harmlessly entertaining fodder for the observant man.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
Two of my sons graduated from South as well as many of their friends. We have first hand experience, not only as the students but also as the parents. South Forsythia is a great place to get an education, to be proud of. The faculty & staff provide a safe environment and diverse education. There are many extracurricular activities to participate in. The test scores and the other information on this web site say it all. Go South!

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March 23, 2006
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October 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2005
My daughter graduated from SFHS last year. She was in the honors program and took many challenging courses. For the most part, her teachers were professional and highly motivating. She was involved in many extra curricular activities and enjoyed the diversity of her classmates. She scored well on her SAT's and is now enrolled in a very good university where she finds the course work easy compared to her challenges at South Forsyth.

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August 30, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 25, 2005
Frankly, i do not see why this site has asked for parents 'firsthand experiences' seeing as they are not the ones attending the school. But that's beside the point. South Forsyth High School is possibly the largest melting pot of ethnicity. Not that thats a bad thing. People interct with many different people and I find that quite unique. Allthough SFHS is a public school, uniqueness isn't much of a factor. The teachers are marginal at best, just above par in my opinion. Nothing unusual happens, nothing out of the ordinary, just plain straight-from-the-book teaching. This is all firsthand knowledge, though highly opinionated, and also take into account i haven't met all the teachers.

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November 05, 2003
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South Forsyth High School
585 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming, GA  30041
(770) 781-2264
Last modified South Forsyth High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
South Forsyth High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top