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About Progress 2016

The titles and rankings seem to come in droves each year.

From health and wealth to education and youth, most Forsyth residents know the county is at the forefront of north Georgia and the state in various factors that help shape quality of life.

These factors — which residents embrace and have come to expect — carry their share of numbers. Indeed, politicians and others are fond of touting such statistics.

With that in mind, the staff of the Forsyth County News contacted government and school officials, business owners and public safety personnel to compile some interesting and easy-to-read figures from the past year.

Forsyth County Schools by the numbers

72.8% – District pass rate for 2015 AP exams, ninth-12th grades
94% – Graduation rate
1577 – Average SAT score
2400 – Highest SAT score
3 – New schools under construction
44,479 – Total enrollment at end of 2015
655 – Smallest school as of most recent enrollment, Midway Elementary
2,953 – Largest school as of most recent enrollment, Lambert High
19 – Schools under construction or receiving additions/modifications projects

* Note: Numbers are from 2015

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Forsyth County Schools is proud to be one of the top districts in Georgia and the United States. Our success has been accomplished through dedication to our mission and a commitment to continuous improvement through the cooperative efforts of all stakeholders.

Forsyth County Schools is home to 44,742 students in 35 schools — 20 elementary, nine middle and six high schools, which includes iAchieve Virtual Academy, a sixth-12th grade online school.

As the seventh largest of 180 school districts in Georgia, Forsyth has the state’s highest average ACT composite score and the highest SAT score in metro Atlanta among county school districts, as well as the top ACT score for districts that tested at least 500 students.

In addition, Forsyth County Schools maintains the highest graduation rate, 94 percent, among Georgia’s large school districts and among metro Atlanta’s county school districts. The school system also maintains the lowest millage (tax) rate and per pupil expenditures in metro Atlanta.

The path to greatness is outlined in the district’s strategic plan, which was created with input from students, staff and business and community members.

The plan focuses on the needs of our primary customer, the individual student.

The strategic compass for the plan is the learner profile, which is an advanced profile that describes the attributes of students attending and graduating from a Forsyth County school.

With these academic skills and personal characteristics, students are college and career ready.

New schools Brandywine Elementary and DeSana Middle will open in August. In addition, phases of construction at Forsyth Central, Lambert, North Forsyth and South Forsyth high schools, as well as South Forsyth and Riverwatch middle schools, will open this fall.

Construction projects across the county, including West Forsyth High, will continue up to 2018 as part of the 2014 bonds.

In August 2018, the district will open Denmark High and the Alliance Academy for Innovation of Cumming-Forsyth County, which will provide ninth-12th grade, secondary and continuing education.

Forsyth County Schools is excited for the opportunities that are before us, and it looks forward to working collaboratively to serve all in the county by providing quality learning and superior performance for all.

Jeff Bearden is superintendent of Forsyth County Schools.