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South Forsyth High School10

Cumming, GA | Forsyth County

January 1, 2014

I've also noticed a slow drop-off in school quality. Lambert's opening drained a lot of great teachers and more affluent students from SFHS, which is probably why other parents are also noticing a change in the school. The increased diversity in the student body, however is nice. We are an African American family and our kids definitely feel comfortable attending this school. Not sure that would have been true 15 years ago.

Submitted by a parent

December 11, 2013

I am a currently a student here and all I have to say is, this school is awful. The teachers couldn't care less about the students and the on-level material they teach is like an advanced course at any other school. Socially it is even worse, the school is very cliquey and not the best for new kids. The students are not accepting and very judgmental. I cannot wait for the day I graduate.

December 7, 2013

We moved here a few years ago for the schools and unfortunately it seems the schools have gone down a bit recently. My children are not in the IB program (prospective parents need to keep in mind this program is a BIG reason overall test scores at this school remain high) and I sometimes feel the teachers are teaching to the lowest common denominator and are not challenging students enough. My children have mentioned discipline/disruptive students as being an issue as well in some classes. In hindsight, if we could redo our move, we'd probably have moved to West Forsyth or even Milton instead...

Submitted by a parent

September 5, 2013

South Forsyth County's demographics have changed dramatically over the last couple years and unsurprisingly, this trend has had a huge impact on the South Forsyth school clusters. With increasing diversity has come new opportunities and challenges for the school. My daughter, for example, actually has picked up a great deal of Spanish outside the classroom through her friends, many of whom are Hispanic. However, she also did say that in some of her on-level courses, some of the non-native English speakers made it much more difficult for the teacher to teach. On balance, though I think the increased diversity has been a net positive!

Submitted by a parent

August 9, 2013

Great School. Phenomenal Faculty and Administration. Challenging Program for bright students. If you want to challenge your kids then this is the perfect school. I am so happy my daughter attends SFHS.

Submitted by a parent

June 20, 2013

My son graduated from SFH in 2010 he took mostly AP and honors classes (a must at this School to get the education you need for college - per my Son). WE loved South during his time there. Mind you there were a lot of drug issues at this school. One scary incident involving one of my son's classmates O'Ding in class his Senior year! My daughter graduated from Lambert High in 2012. When they opened Lambert all the amazing teachers left to teach at Lambert and along with this South lost a lot of quality students with the redistricting. My son's last year at South was NOTHING like the previous 3 years. Between the redistricting and downsizing of the school I fear the quality of the students/parents reflects the quality of the education. You can make all kinds of excuses as why this is but it has shown in the recent test scores from South vs Lambert. I predicted when the wealthy kids were redistricted out of South the scores would tumble. My thought is when you have wealthy kids you have educated parents high expectation that transfer over into the school. I predict VERY soon in the near future that Lambert will take the IB program away from South.

Submitted by a parent

March 15, 2012

Great School. Phenomenal Faculty and Administration. Challenging Program for bright students. Am so happy my daughter attends SFHS.

Submitted by a parent

January 11, 2012

The best kept secret is the IB Programme at South. Excellent School! Excellent Education! Excellent IB Teachers and Non-IB Teahcers

Submitted by a parent

January 10, 2012

re: the last review, "My current 2 attending are doing mostly AP and honors classes because even though the school has downsized, the diversity has changed and there are maybe even less expectations in regular classes." - and also in regards to previous, so what are you saying? The divers kids (i.e. non-white kids) are bring down your precious lily-white schools? Do you have stats to back that up? Couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that NCLB is a complete failure! I hear what you're saying, but it's not like it's the ghetto up here, and is it possible that the teachers are frustrated because their hands are tied to the less than impressive state curriculum? No the colored kids are always an easy scapegoat. You really need to check you neck!

Submitted by a parent

July 15, 2011

SFHS is a great school if you care about education and, therefore, have instilled that into your children. I have 4 children... 2 have graduated, 2 are currently attending. One did the AP class route after realizing that staying in regular classes would be incredibly painful (diverse and large school meant low expectations in the regular classes) and one did the IB program... great experiences for both of them with teachers and great preparation for college (very impt.). My current 2 attending are doing mostly AP and honors classes because even though the school has downsized, the diversity has changed and there are maybe even less expectations in regular classes. There are a couple of bad teachers but a large majority are good and the honors/AP/IB teachers are exceptional. My oldest 2 were well prepared for college. I expect my younger 2 to be well prepared, as well. The teachers are very good about being available to the students for extra help before and after school. Saturday academy is a great idea and student tutors are available also. Failing is not tolerated. I believe failing students have to attend Saturday academies (or something like that). Overall they care.

Submitted by a parent

March 10, 2011

I FREAKIN LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! its awesome. hey its all outside but it could be worse. (: nice teachers awesome at sports. its a great place to be(: YEAH SENIORS 11!

Submitted by a student

March 24, 2010

I'm a junior here and I can't wait for the day I graduate. The school can be compared to the Walmart of big-box schooling if that makes sense. By this I mean you have teachers that literally read out of the textbook, can only answer questions out of the textbook, and hate their jobs (there are exceptions). I also have classmates that don't know enough math to understand algebra or geometry, etc. etc. Average and maybe even below-average students will do ok. The truly gifted and motivated kids suffer.

Submitted by a student

January 19, 2010

As a parent with children that have been through the system (first Sharon ES, then Riverwatch MS), the drop off in quality from elementary and middle school to the high school level is a bit disappointing. SFHS is not a bad school, but it does not cater to the gifted/advanced student. My daughter constantly complains that her coursework is not challenging enough and that many students in her classes simply don't take school seriously. We have talked with her teachers who have replied that due to the diversity of the student body, they 'cannot hold my daughter to a higher standard.' As an involved parent this is unacceptable. We have been happy with Forsyth County schools for our entire life but are now looking into moving to Fulton or Cobb where the high schools seem to offer more rigor.

Submitted by a parent

August 27, 2009

My daughter just started at SFHS (Aug. 09) as a freshman and LOVES IT. She wants to go in early and stay late! Her teachers and classmates are competitive and encourage her to strive for excellence. SFHS used to be crowded due to the rapid growth of this area, but with the opening of a new high school they were able to remove all of the trailer classrooms that used to fill the parking lot. Is it the best school in the nation? No, but they did rank 371st on Nesweek's recent list of top 1500 high schools in the nation, making the list for the third year in a row. Forsyth County also had the highest avg ACT scores (2008/09) for high school districts in Georgia, with South Forsyth HS leading the group.

Submitted by a parent

February 19, 2009

We love this high school. Coming from California we didn't know what to expect. I would rate east bay San Francisco 5 and south forsyth a 9 out of 10. The teachers are extremely accomodating all having much more than just a teaching certificate many with bachelor and master and doctorate degrees. My daughters can't believe how much better the schools are here compared to Northern California

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