In the words of Brené Brown, “True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.” At Forsyth Country Day, we explore our individual and collective identities in order to know ourselves better. We value each person and support them as they work to reach their full potential, encourage innovation, and work to accept and integrate different beliefs and viewpoints within a single community.

Belonging - the state of self-acceptance and deep connectedness with others where you “come as you are” - is found at the intersection of diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is only by recognizing and celebrating all of the ways in which we are different, treating every group and every person with fairness and impartiality, and including all groups and individuals into our activities and decision-making processes that we can achieve belonging. 

An analogy to help you imagine belonging is a school dance where everyone is invited (diversity), everyone gets to contribute to the playlist (inclusion), and everyone has the opportunity to dance (equity).

How Belonging is Integral to our Mission and Vision

Our Mission
Forsyth Country Day School is a community of learners dedicated to preparing our students for what’s ahead.

Our Vision
Know yourself. Connect with others. Build community. 

Our school’s mission is what we do. Our vision is why we do it. You cannot show up as your authentic self if you don’t know who that is, so we work to help our students find that self. We actively encourage the process of self-discovery - delving into who we are, what makes us tick, and all the elements that shape us into the unique individuals we are. Then, we share ourselves with others, making connections. Maybe we’re alike. Maybe we’re different. Let’s learn more about one another together by having real conversations and making meaningful connections. In doing so, we build a community - dedicated to preparing our students for what’s ahead - where every single Fury - students, faculty, parents, alumni, grandparents, and friends - can feel like they belong. 

Belonging Board Committee

Chere Chase Gregory, Chair

Elly Barrineau
McNeil Cronin
Vance L. Horner II
Marissa Howard-McNatt
Stan Jewell
Ali Tomberlin
Betsy Tucker

Gardner Barrier
Frank Brown
Kelly Gould
Beth Mack

Non-Discrimination Policy: Forsyth Country Day School is committed to administering all education and employment activities without discrimination based on one’s race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Meet Our Team

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  • Frank Brown

    Director of Belonging
    336-945-3151 ext. 340
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  • Rachel Wrenn

    Belonging & Inclusion Team Lead
    336-945-3151 ext. 620
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  • Kelly Gould

    Chief of Staff
    336-945-3151 ext. 339
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  • Megan Martin-Wall

    Lower School School Counselor
    336-945-3151 ext. 563
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  • Jenifer Gornik

    Middle School Counselor
    336-945-3151 ext. 332
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  • Dr. Melissa Mann-Bailey

    Upper School Counselor
    336-945-3151 ext. 520
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Forsyth Country Day School (FCDS) is a private, college preparatory, independent school for preschool through high school located in Lewisville, NC, just outside of Winston-Salem. Students benefit from a challenging academic curriculum, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.

Non-Discrimination Policy: Forsyth Country Day School is committed to administering all education and employment activities without discrimination based on one’s race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.