West Forsyth High School

Summary:

West Forsyth High School is a public high school serving 2,405 students in grades 9-12 in Cumming, Georgia, part of the highly-ranked Forsyth County School District. This high-performing school consistently ranks among the top high schools in Georgia, delivering exceptional academic results, high graduation rates, and a strong commitment to student success.

West Forsyth High School's academic performance is truly impressive, with a statewide ranking between 25-60 over the past decade and a 4-5 star rating from SchoolDigger. Its students excel on the Georgia Milestones Assessments, with proficiency rates significantly higher than state and county averages across all subject areas. The school also boasts consistently high four-year graduation rates, ranging from 93.8% to 96.4% over the past five years, far exceeding the state average. Compared to nearby schools like Alpharetta High School and Milton High School, West Forsyth's academic metrics are generally stronger, with the exception of Lambert High School and South Forsyth High School, which also rank among the top high schools in the state.

One interesting finding is the gradual increase in the percentage of Hispanic and Asian students at West Forsyth High School over the past three years, reflecting the changing demographics of the surrounding Forsyth County community. Additionally, the nearby Alliance Academy for Innovation, a public charter high school, stands out with its exceptional academic performance, ranking 3rd in the state and achieving a 100% four-year graduation rate, suggesting that specialized programs and innovative approaches can contribute to exceptional student outcomes.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 4155 Drew Rd
       Cumming, GA  30040


(770) 888-3470

District: Forsyth County

SchoolDigger Rank:
54th of 446 Georgia High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,891 Help


Feeder schools for West Forsyth High School:

Elementary:    Vickery Creek Elementary School
Middle:    Hendricks Middle School
    Vickery Creek Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  19.5 Help
Number of students:  2,405

Racial breakdown:

White:
68.1%
Hispanic:
13.8%
Asian:
10.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  9.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details West Forsyth High School ranks better than 87.9% of high schools in Georgia. It also ranks 5th among 7 ranked high schools in the Forsyth County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 76.33. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of West Forsyth High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (68.1%), Hispanic (13.8%), Asian (10.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 9.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at West Forsyth High School is 19.5. 5 high schools in the Forsyth County School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare West Forsyth High School employs 123.2 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at West Forsyth High School is $7,891. 5 high schools in the Forsyth County School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

West Forsyth High School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks West Forsyth High School 54th of 446 Georgia public high schools. (See West Forsyth High School in the ranking list.)

Forsyth County:

SchoolDigger ranks Forsyth County 9th of 201 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for West Forsyth High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2008 86.40 21st 370 94.3%
2009 87.49 16th 372 95.7%
2010 86.71 19th 384 95.1%
2011 83.29 39th 402 90.3%
2012 84.48 27th 396 93.2%
2013 81.80 36th 425 91.5%
2014 73.90 60th 425 85.9%
2015 78.47 33rd 435 92.4%
2016 76.89 42nd 426 90.1%
2017 84.82 23rd 420 94.5%
2018 85.86 29th 428 93.2%
2019 86.20 25th 438 94.3%
2021 74.79 45th 410 89.0%
2022 76.06 59th 429 86.2%
2023 76.33 53rd 442 88.0%
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Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

West Forsyth High School Test Scores
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Data source: Georgia Department of Education

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Enrollment information for West Forsyth High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2008 1044 38 21 83 2 n/a n/a 15 1203
2009 1495 54 31 110 2 n/a n/a 27 1719
2010 1617 51 43 154 5 1 33 0 1904
2011 1655 47 48 177 5 2 37 0 1971
2012 1745 52 48 186 5 2 40 0 2078
2013 1772 45 53 214 9 2 39 0 2134
2014 1887 48 55 204 10 3 50 0 2257
2015 1951 62 69 212 14 3 51 0 2362
2016 1947 61 75 256 17 5 61 0 2422
2017 2035 88 105 285 16 3 68 0 2600
2018 2070 87 117 320 15 2 84 0 2695
2019 1980 89 111 292 11 3 75 0 2561
2020 1963 97 130 270 9 2 87 0 2558
2021 1916 102 176 305 10 1 73 0 2583
2022 1724 104 194 301 8 2 73 0 2406
2023 1639 109 245 331 7 0 74 0 2405

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at West Forsyth High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 1203 79.0 15.2 9.5
2009 1719 107.6 16.0 10.8
2010 1904 114.1 16.6 11.7
2011 1971 115.0 17.1 12.2
2012 2078 119.1 17.4 12.6
2013 2134 118.0 18.0 12.9
2014 2257 124.3 18.1 13.6
2015 2362 127.0 18.5 12.5
2016 2422 132.0 18.3 11.7
2017 2600 140.9 18.4 10.5
2018 2695 145.7 18.4 11.4
2019 2561 139.0 18.4 9.6
2020 2558 138.2 18.5 8
2021 2583 141.2 18.2 8.1
2022 2406 130.5 18.4 n/a
2023 2405 123.2 19.5 9.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio West Forsyth High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 1203 79.0 15.2 9.5
2009 1719 107.6 16.0 10.8
2010 1904 114.1 16.6 11.7
2011 1971 115.0 17.1 12.2
2012 2078 119.1 17.4 12.6
2013 2134 118.0 18.0 12.9
2014 2257 124.3 18.1 13.6
2015 2362 127.0 18.5 12.5
2016 2422 132.0 18.3 11.7
2017 2600 140.9 18.4 10.5
2018 2695 145.7 18.4 11.4
2019 2561 139.0 18.4 9.6
2020 2558 138.2 18.5 8
2021 2583 141.2 18.2 8.1
2022 2406 130.5 18.4 n/a
2023 2405 123.2 19.5 9.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for West Forsyth High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2017 $144 (2.0%) $7,002 (98.0%) $7,147
2018 $147 (1.9%) $7,409 (98.1%) $7,556
2019 $134 (1.7%) $7,757 (98.3%) $7,891

Data source: Georgia Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on West Forsyth High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 25th of 438 High schoolsRanks 53rd of 442 High schools
 6.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course American Literature and Composition (West Forsyth High School)71.363.7
 7.6%
   End of Course American Literature and Composition (Forsyth County)73.366.9
 6.4%
   End of Course American Literature and Composition (Georgia)47.338.9
 8.4%
End of Course Algebra I (West Forsyth High School)67.726.6
 41.1%
   End of Course Algebra I (Forsyth County)76.362.5
 13.8%
   End of Course Algebra I (Georgia)41.135.8
 5.3%
End of Course Biology (West Forsyth High School)73.158.9
 14.2%
   End of Course Biology (Forsyth County)76.670
 6.6%
   End of Course Biology (Georgia)4945.5
 3.5%
End of Course United States History (West Forsyth High School)6962.9
 6.1%
   End of Course United States History (Forsyth County)70.555.3
 15.2%
   End of Course United States History (Georgia)48.337.1
 11.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students25612405
 6.1%
African American89109
 22.5%
American Indian117
 36.4%
Asian111245
 120.7%
Hispanic292331
 13.4%
Pacific Islander30
 100%
White19801639
 17.2%
Two or More Races7574
 1.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients9.6%9.2%
 0.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about West Forsyth High School

Students at West Forsyth High School are 68% White, 14% Hispanic, 10% Asian, 5% African American, 3% Two or more races.

West Forsyth High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Vickery Creek Elementary School
Middle : Hendricks Middle School
Middle : Vickery Creek Middle School

In the 2022-23 school year, 2,405 students attended West Forsyth High School.

West Forsyth High School ranks 54th of 446 Georgia high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Georgia Department of Education.

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