Welcome to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools formed in 1963 with the merger of the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County school systems. It is the fourth-largest system in North Carolina and the 81st largest in the nation.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools serves about 54,000 students with the goal of providing a quality education for each child. The school system has 43 elementary schools, 14 middle schools and 15 high schools. Nine special schools bring the systemwide total to 81.
The Board of Education is composed of nine members who each serve four year terms.
The board designates a superintendent to oversee the day-to-day operations of the school system. Superintendent Beverly Emory began her tenure in 2013 and manages more than 7,000 employees.
Schools operate on a unified calendar, which begins August 29 and is scheduled to end on June 8.
Elementary students are generally taught in self-contained classes. Primary reading teachers, guidance counselors, media coordinators, curriculum coordinators and specialists in art, music and physical education add to regular instruction.
Middle schools provide a gradual transition to departmentalized teaching. In addition to continuing to build basic skills, students explore special interests in music, art, languages, life skills, technology and computers.
All high schools offer a comprehensive curriculum at regular, honors and Advanced Placement levels. The Career Center offers about 30 vocational programs and more than 30 Advanced Placement (college-level) courses. Advanced Placement and college-level courses also are offered at high schools and through dual enrollment with Forsyth Technical Community College and other local colleges. Parkland High School offers the International Baccalaureate Programme, a worldwide curriculum that students can use to earn college credit.
Schools provide programs for academically gifted students. Students identified as highly academically gifted can attend Brunson Elementary and Hanes Magnet.
The school system provides programs and services for students with special needs. Identified exceptional children are served through resource teachers or specially designed classes in their regular schools, or at several locations throughout the school system. Services are available for students identified as intellectually disabled, physically disabled, visually impaired, hearing impaired/deaf, emotionally disabled, speech/language impaired, autistic, homebound/hospitalized, learning disabled, multihandicapped, severely/profoundly disabled, other health-impaired, and traumatic brain-injured. Younger children with special needs may also receive preschool services.
WS/FCS employs more than 7,000 people, including about 4,000 classroom and part-time teachers. Students are also served by about 360 bus drivers, 575 food-service workers, 300 housekeepers, and a network of administrators, principals, guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers and other staff.
In 2014-15, the school system’s total budget is $502 million, including capital projects and child nutrition. Typically, about 60 percent of the budget comes from the state; about 25 percent from Forsyth County; and the rest from federal and other sources.
- WS/FCS implemented the Common Core State Standards in 2012-13, and test results reflect the use of more rigorous standards in reading, math and science. In 2014, WS/FCS met 71 percent of its state and federal testing goals. About 70 percent of schools met or exceeded their state growth goals. Across the district, 53 percent of students in grades 3-8 were proficient in reading; 49 percent were proficient in math; and 65 percent were proficient in science. In high school, 49 percent of students were proficient in Biology; 58 percent were proficient in English II; and 59 percent were proficient in Math I.
- The 2013-14 graduation rate increased 1.4 percentage points to 83.5 percent, the highest percentage since the state began calculating the rate in 2006. Generous support from the United Way of Forsyth County, the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Graduate. It Pays., Big Brothers Big Sisters, Communities in Schools and Forsyth Promise has helped the school system increase the rate.
- The average SAT score for seniors in 2013 in math and reading was 1,000, and 1,478 with writing included.
- About 3,300 students graduated in 2013.
- 18 students were named National Merit Semifinalists in 2013.
- Assistant Principal Leigh Walters of Wiley Magnet Middle School was named the 2014 N.C. Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year by the the N.C. Principals and Assistant Principals Association.
- Hanes Magnet School received the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award. Magnet Schools of America gives this award annually to the top magnet school in the nation.
- Speas Elementary School won the 2014 Global School Award from VIF International Education.
- Diggs-Latham Elementary School and Reynolds High School were two of five schools in North Carolina to receive the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts School of Excellence in the Arts Education Award.
- Sylvia Chen of Reagan High School and Benjamin Zhang of Mount Tabor High School were named the 2013 AP Scholars for North Carolina. The award goes to the female and male students with the top scores on AP exams. Both students also took classes at the Career Center.
- High schools won five state team athletic championships. Students also won 20 individual state championships.
- Teacher of the Year: Amy Pantano, a fifth-grade teacher at Kernersville School.
- Principal of the Year: Patricia Gainey, East Forsyth High School.
For More Information
For more information, please contact the Office of Marketing and Communications, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, PO Box 2513, Winston-Salem, NC, 27102-2513 or call 336-727-2696.
For the 2015-16 school year, 40.2 percent of the students are white, 28.5 percent are African-American, 24.5 percent are Hispanic, 4.0 percent are multiracial, 2.5 percent are Asian, and less than 1 percent are American Indian or Native Hawaiians/Pacific. You can see a list of demographics by school for 2015-16 here; similar figures are available for 2014-15; 2013-14; 2012-13; 2011-12, 2010-11 and 2009-10.
A list of schools and their enrollments for 2015-16 is available here. You also can see the figures for 2014-15; 2013-14; 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11, 2009-10 and 2008-09. A list of historical enrollments since WS/FCS formed in 1963 can be found here.