Forsyth Schools adds more than 1,000 students



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County Schools saw an increase in more than 1,000 students coming into the district over the summer break.

The nine-month attendance report from the 2016-17 school year showed a total of 46,739 enrolled, an increase of nearly 700 students from the first-month report that year.

But now, just months later, the first-month report from the 2017-18 school year has 47,679 students enrolled, or an increase of 2 percent, or 1,124 students.

This is on track with the district’s usual boost after summer break. The county saw roughly 1,400 students enroll over the 2016 summer.

Additionally, all five traditional high schools saw an increase over the summer.

South Forsyth High School increased by 309, Forsyth Central High School by 282, North Forsyth High School by 186, West Forsyth High School by 185 and Lambert High School by 167.

The data also supports predictions school officials made in June that the system will reach 50,000 students by the 2018-19 school year.

In May, District Chief Financial Officer Rick Gunn said that growth will affect the 2018 budget.

For Fiscal Year 2018, the district’s student population is projected to be 47,985, an increase of 1,721 students from the current year, or 3.2 percent. Since 2009, the county’s quality based education full-time equivalent student count has grown almost 50 percent, some 15,382 students.

“To our knowledge, no other district has encountered such a long and steady growth pattern,” Gunn said.

Overall, the total of elementary pupils enrolled decreased by 111 students. The total of middle and high school students rose by 1,235.

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