CHALLENGE CURRICULUM

Forsyth is a place where “personal best” counts! The challenging and engaging curriculum is supported by our talented faculty, committed administration, and caring families. Students learn how to accept and face challenges, set goals for themselves, reflect on their experiences and accomplishments, and support their fellow students.

Developmentally appropriate challenges—memory mapping, ballroom dancing, arthropod studies, Shakespeare performances, and more—encourage students to try new things. In the Adventure Center, the high ropes course and climbing wall challenge kids to stretch beyond their comfort zones and set lofty goals for themselves—literally and figuratively! The high beam is a graduation capstone experience reserved for Grade 6 students. Specialist classes in ten different subject areas are an exciting part of everyday life at Forsyth:

  • Spanish classes start in Pre-Kindergarten; some Spanish experiences are provided in the Eyas Program.
  • PE classes are held every other day starting in Junior-Kindergarten and every day starting in Senior-Kindergarten. The PE curriculum includes everything from rock climbing and running a mile to archery and ballroom dancing.
  • Drama performances for the entire school community start in Senior-Kindergarten. Shorter assemblies are performed through Grade 3; longer plays are performed by Grades 4–6.
  • Sustainability is a brand-new specialist subject area for Grades 3–6 that complements and further enhances Forsyth’s renowned science program.
  • Latin is taught in Grades 4–6.

Perhaps the best example of Forsyth’s challenge curriculum is memory mapping. In Grade 4, students map the United States entirely from memory. In Grade 5, they map Central and South Americas. Finally, in Grade 6, they map the entire world from memory. Each world map is individualized based on the student’s interests and goals. Our students gain the skills necessary to manage large-scale, multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary projects well and are motivated to set greater, “above-and-beyond” challenges for themselves.

Forsyth students graduate as young people who know how to tackle challenges both independently and collaboratively. They are tenacious, thoughtful, responsible, creative, articulate, kind, and compassionate. They leave with the academic foundation, confidence, and growth mindset to succeed at the most selective secondary schools. Our graduates consistently report back that the organizational skills they learned at Forsyth gave them a significant competitive advantage.