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West Forsyth High School7

Cumming, GA | Forsyth County

March 15, 2015

I am graduating this May (2015). I have been to three high schools. This is my last. I started my senior year at West. The students and teachers alike are genuinely nice. Yes, like all schools, people have cliques but I've noticed that while everyone knows who their friends are, they still talk to pretty much everyone else. I am not an athlete, I didn't join any clubs this year and my GPA is one of the lower ones at this school (3.2) but I can honestly say that I still enjoyed West for the year I have spent here. The teachers are hard on us academically but they are really nice people, who actually care about their students. One of the AP Literature teachers have a Doctorate and she is AMAZING. West was voted Best of Forsyth 2015 and they have won yearbook awards two years in a row. The teachers work hard and so do the students. West is a melting pot with great academics and friendly faces. This is the first year of high school that I have not been bullied.

Submitted by a student

November 24, 2014

I graduated from this high school. All of the bad reviews on here are from the yuppies that live around here and expect everyone else to worship the ground they walk on. I didn't particularly like it myself, but most kids hate school. It feels like a prison because we never went outside like we did when I went to South Forsyth. Even just the small class break walking outside from the new building to the old building was nice. The teachers were great as long as you weren't getting in trouble, but as you can imagine they get irritated when you screw around. The problem with that is that most of these kids are really good at exploiting the school "justice" system and do just enough to not really get in trouble, which really pisses the teachers off. Then the parents come play the "my child is basically the second coming of Jesus Christ" card and complain that everyone is out to get them and their child. All of the "problems" people have with this school are actually their bad kids and their worse parenting. I went on to a good college and am very thankful for all the great AP opportunities that let me exempt classes in college.

Submitted by a student

October 12, 2014

if you are a stud football player, this is the place for you. if you're not, all administration hates you. the administration and majority of teachers are arrogant to the point where they won't make eye contact with you or even speak to you in person. granted, there are several teachers whom I absolutely adore. in fact, there's one teacher who has offered to make me lunches when my mom was in the hospital, and even offered to show up to my court date (for reasons not related to West).

May 19, 2014

This is a great school with highly qualified teachers who care about their students. I've had great experiences in my interactions with them and with the administration.

Submitted by a parent

January 26, 2014

Very happy with West Forsyth. The teachers are involved and care about the students. I get regular updates via email. West offers many AP courses and has prepped the kids for college. The community is also very involved and well connected with their children. For the most part, the kids are well behaved and all around great kids.

Submitted by a parent

November 11, 2013

This is a great school. Yes, it's like a prison but the school has great programs for math, theater, and sports in general. While the administration can be frustrating, realize that you are one of over 2000 students and the administration isn't going to wait on you hand and foot. If you need something from them, you have to assert yourself, welcome to the real world. And there are plenty of extra help programs, I know this because I'm a part of them, I tutor a lot of subjects. What it comes down to is you have to give an effort. If you put in close to nothing of an effort, don't be surprised that you get close to nothing as a result. High school is what you make it, not what others make it for you.

Submitted by a student

October 1, 2013

The teachers and staff are very arrogant and rude. I don't know why they work with children. The extra activities all cost around 1 thousand Dollars and only the favorite kids will be picked. There is so much stress put on the kids how can they enjoy this experience. The portables out front look trashy. I think the school board needs to investigate this school.

Submitted by a parent

October 1, 2013

This school does not even deserve half a star this school is the most stuck up school out there . I'm a student here and can't wait to be homeschooled because the people here don't even know the word thank you. West you Suck!

August 18, 2013

After seven horrible days at this school I want to leave. Everything revolves around sports. Don't go here if you aren't willing to spend 50- 150 dollars on electives, because all of the funding goes to sports. If you wear gym clothes that aren't specifically for West Forsyth PE you get points deducted from your grade and you have to sit out the whole class. They force you to buy their PE clothes and completely disregard financial issues. Their excuse is that it's a safety issue. There is no safety issue here, anybody can simply walk into the school with PE clothes on. Sorry but I'm not gonna get points taken away from my grade and make my GPA go down just because I don't want to buy their apparel to support their football team. I agree with the other reviews about the administration being useless, I have no idea who the principal even is. They didn't tell us how or where to go if we had to get to the nurses or counseling office. Completely useless. Luckily, my teachers seem fine this year except for gym. If I had the chance to go to central, I would take it in a heartbeat. :-)

August 3, 2013

It's average. Most of the people on this are being way to harsh, in my honest opinion. I have a few extremely good teachers that really take care and make the information easy to understand. Others, however, really just give packets and sit at their desk all day. In the AP program, some teachers are absolutely wonderful!! But all in all, it really depends on the attitude of the student. Most of the student body really doesn't care about grades...Also, the administration is pretty unhelpful. Whenever I go to the office, they literally offer me no help unless I initiate it. They go so far as to ignore me completely. I agree with other reviewers that the administration is terrible. And I don't really see the vice principals/principal out ever. They should really be more involved in the school, in my opinion. Another thing - It's true about the favoritism towards football players/cheerleaders, but more regular teachers have such predilections. Most AP/honors teachers are usually fairly impartial. Again, it's a high school, I don't understand why people are rating it so low because most high schools are like this. Believe me, I've been to South, too, and I found it worse than West.

Submitted by a student

October 30, 2012

My son has been at this school for 3 years, has been nothing but awful experience. I do not have the means to get him to a different school. There is no contact from the teachers at all unless I initiate it. It is extremely frustrating situation has affected our entire family. Seems that no one cares about the students unless they are in sports. Being as my son is not there are no extra help or extra credit offered to him. He is treated like he is nothing. There are a few very few that care. I will not be sending my other child to this school when it is time.

Submitted by a parent

September 14, 2012

Unfortunately I do agree with the previous review. WFHS's new administration with few exceptions seems to have disappeared from view. Guess the principal stays out of sight, seems to be absent at most parent invited meetings. Most parents I know do not even know what the principal looks like. This school needs a vibrant, social, highly visible leader with exceptional motivational skills to pull it out from under and inject some fire into teachers, students and parents. There is next to no parent involvement with the exception of sports and maybe theater. There is no coordination between coaches and teachers schedules and plans leaving students and parents with mixed messages as to which is considered more important to the administration. Hope they take a look at leadership soon, this school could be the Forsyth County standout but remains marginal and stagnant. There are some really good teachers this school cannot afford to lose.

Submitted by a parent

September 13, 2012

Notice the trend in the reviews; it is not a coincidence. Parents that have the means and opportunity tend to take their kids out of WFHS. If they are eligible, they send them to NFHS. If not, they send them to private school. The school is basically a life support system for a sports program. Beyond that, unless a teacher is among the cronies, they are badly demoralized by a heavy handed administration. The administration knows that unlike customers, families cycle out in four years, right on queue. They just wait you out.

Submitted by a parent

July 18, 2012

My daughter has had an amazing experience but it is mostly because I have been involved every step of the way. Teachers are hit or miss and the Theater program is award winning but the director is a true dictator.

Submitted by a parent

March 14, 2012

It is disappointing and frustrating that a community with so many resources cannot do better than West Forsyth High School. The condition of the grounds, for a nearly new school, is symbolic of the neglect there. As others have pointed out, the teachers are disaffected and are programmed to punch-the-clock, right on queue. The discipline is also contingent upon whether the student is among the crony families at the school. I feel terrible that I subjected my oldest to the cess pool that is the WFHS administration; I didn't repeat that mistake with the rest of my kids.

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