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 55,000 students with the goal of providing a quality education for each child. The school system has 42 elementary schools, 14 middle schools and 15 high schools. Nine special schools bring the systemwide total to 80.
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. Dr. Kenneth Simington is currently serving as interim superintendent. He manages more than 7,200 employees while the board searches for a permanent replacement.
Schools operate on a unified calendar, which begins August 27, 2018 and is scheduled to end on June 6, 2019 unless makeup days are needed.
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 career and technical 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, Southwest Elementary, and Hanes Magnet.
Exceptional Children's Services
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 7,200 people, including about 4,200 classroom and part-time teachers. Students are also served by about 360 bus drivers, 535 food-service workers, 140 housekeepers, and a network of administrators, principals, guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers and other staff.
In 2017-18, the school system’s total budget is $576.3 million, including capital projects and child nutrition. Typically, about 56 percent of the budget comes from the state; about 21 percent from Forsyth County; and the rest from federal and other sources.
- In the 2016-17 school year, 77 percent of schools met or exceeded expected growth. Across the district, 50.8 percent of students in grades 3-8 were proficient in reading; 48.9 percent were proficient in math; and 65.4 percent were proficient in science. In high school, 58 percent of students were proficient in Biology; 58.2 percent were proficient in English II; and 62.6 percent were proficient in Math I.
- The 2017 graduation rate increased 0.8 percentage points to 86.5 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 2017 in math and reading was 1,017, and 1,439 with writing included.
- Eleven students were named National Merit Semifinalists for 2018.
- R.J. Reynolds High School has been named a Nationally Certified Magnet School by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.
- High schools won eight state team athletic championships. Students also won 10 individual state championships.
- For the 3rd time in 9 years, Jefferson Middle was named a “School to Watch” by National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform.
- Hanes Magnet Middle student teams won national titles in “Future City” competition and National Academic League.
- Atkins High School won the NC Scholastic Chess Championship.
- Teacher of the Year: Jenny Hawk, a First Grade teacher at Ibraham Elementary School.
- Principal of the Year: Leslie Alexander, Reynolds High School.
- Classified Employee of the Year: Brian Smith, an EC teacher assistant at Southeast Middle School.
For the 2017-18 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.
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.