Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools Overview
The Winston-Salem Forsyth County School system is a school district located in Winston Salem North Carolina. The Winston Salem Forsyth County School system has over 80 schools in its system, and provides services to about 52,000 students each year.
The Winston Salem Forsyth County School system was formed in 1963 by the merger of the Forsyth County School System and Winston-Salem School System. The Winston-Salem Forsyth County School system is now the 5th largest school system in North Carolina as well as being the 99th largest in the United States.
Students in Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools have opportunities unlike any other school system in North Carolina. Programs are available to help all different types of students. Parents have a say at all levels in where their children attend school.
Parents may select from neighborhood schools, other schools in their own zone or they can select from 18 different magnet programs. High school students are able earn college credits in over 30 different Advanced Placement courses, they can earn the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and even take courses at local universities and colleges.
At every school in Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools, students are led by dedicated teachers and staff members who are there to help them grow as people and students. Students, parents, schools and the local community work together in order to build tomorrows leaders.
Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools: Board of Education
The Board of Education for the Winston Salem Forsyth County School system is comprised of nine members who are elected to four-year terms. Members of the Board of Education are elected from within two districts of our county. Two members are elected from District 2 and four members are elected from District 1. There are three additional “at-large seats”.
Members of the Board of Education receive compensation equal to 50% of the amount paid to the Forsyth county commissioners. The Board of Education acts only when they are meeting in official session and with a quorum of five board members. A majority of the board members have to be present and voting for any motions to pass. No person acts in the name of the Board of Education unless they are authorized by the Board of Education to do so.
Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools: Superintendent
The superintendent is appointed by the Board of Education and runs the Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools in accordance with Board of Education policy and with the state law. The Superintendent manages the Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools budget, manages staff and students, and makes recommendations to the Board of Education about the operation of the Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools.
Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools: Public Participation
The public is invited to participate in all scheduled Board of Education meetings. All Board of Education 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.
To speak to the Board of Education 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 of Education recorder will time each speaker. The chairman may grant an additional two minutes, if requested. Although the Board of Education 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 of Education. 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 of Education.
Winston Salem Magnet Schools
The first magnet program in Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools started in 1971 with the launch of Moore Laboratory School which is now called the Moore Magnet Elementary School. Since then the number of magnet schools has grown greatly, with magnet programs that cater to nearly any area of interest.
Each of the magnet programs within the Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools is unique – having its own character and curriculum. All of the curricula for the Winston Salem Forsyth County magnet schools are integrated within the NC Standard Course of Study.
- Winston Salem Preparatory Academy (Grades 6-12) – College Preparatory
- Reynolds High School – Visual and Performing Arts
- Philo Magnet Academy – Global Technology, Mandarin Chinese Partial Language Immersion, and International Business and World Cultures
- Parkland High School – International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Center for the Cultural Arts
- Paisley Magnet School (Grades 6-10) – International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
- Moore Magnet Elementary School – Multiple intelligences theories and the “eight smarts”
- Mineral Springs Middle School – Magnet for the Arts and Leadership
- Mineral Springs Elementary – Renzulli Academy of Arts and Technology
- Konnoak Elementary School – International Languages and Technology
- Kennedy High School – Construction and Design Academy; Restaurant Management Academy; Creative Enterprises Academy; Health Sciences Academy.
- Hill Middle School – The Visual and Performing Arts
- Hanes Magnet School – Math, Science and Pre-Engineering
- Downtown School – Serving the students of parents who live or work downtown.
- Diggs-Latham Elementary School – Arts and Global Studies
- Brunson Elementary School – Technology, Science, Engineering and Math
- Atkins Academic and Technology High School – Scientific Visualization/Computer Technology, Biotechnology, and Pre-Engineering
- Ashley Elementary School – International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools: Career Center
The Winston Salem Forsyth County School system Career Center provides an extension to normal high school education. The Career Center provides very specific career-oriented courses, Advanced Placement classes, and many other courses too small to provide at each and every high school. Students can take multiple classes at the Career Center and then take the remainder of their classes at their home high school.