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Welcome to the FCDS Upper School! Please find below some Frequently Asked Questions that may be of help to you and your family. Please also check the school's Parent-Student Handbook for additional information. 

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the schedule of a typical class day?

    Morning and Advisor Meetings begin at 8:05 a.m. Upper School classes begin at 8:28 a.m. and break is from 9:58 to 10:12 a.m. The first three classes are fixed and the remaining classes are on a rotational schedule. The school day ends at 3:30 p.m. and tutorial sessions are offered from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

  • What is break?

    Break occurs each day from 9:58 to 10:12 a.m. Snacks are offered at this time in the Dining Hall (biscuits, drinks, and fruit) for the students to purchase. The Fury Ltd, the school’s bookstore, and the Fury Café are also open during break for the students to purchase books, school supplies, snacks, and other school-related items.
  • What is tutorial?

    Tutorial is available to our students from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It is a great time for students to make up missed work, ask questions, and receive individual explanation or instruction from teachers. Many of our students take advantage of this beneficial program.
  • What is the FCDS Honor Code?

    Plagiarism, cheating, stealing, and lying are violations of the Statement of Community’s honor and integrity expectations.
  • How does the Upper School promote character and leadership?

    We believe we have an important role in shaping our students’ academic success as well as their strength of character. In order to have that impact, we must instill ethical values through an integrated curriculum, modeling, and intellectual discussion.

    Our Character Program places emphasis on problem-solving and social and emotional skill development. Our intention is to integrate valuable character traits into the total school environment. As a school, we are focusing on four character traits that we believe are personal qualities that build a foundation for success in life and work. 

    Building leadership skills are also strongly valued. These skills are introduced and fostered as students serve on councils, head clubs, captain teams, perform individual and group tasks in the classroom, and engage in service activities that address the needs of the greater community.
  • What is the school policy for drug and alcohol use?

    The prevention of drug and alcohol use is important to all of us at FCDS. We continue to proactively educate, counsel, and guide students in this area. It is important that parents and students are aware of the policy outlined in the Handbook:

    Any FCDS student who consumes, uses, distributes, or possesses alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, or who misuses legal drugs or other substances on campus, at any school function whether on or off campus (including all athletic events), or while traveling to or from school or any school function will be dismissed or expelled. Also, any student who is determined to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs at any of the foregoing events is in violation of the school’s drug and alcohol policy.

    Also, the school will respond when it becomes clear that a student is using substances off-campus. Of particular concern will be any situation where students are hosting parties and/or providing alcohol or drugs.
  • What is the role of my student’s advisor?

    All students are appointed a faculty advisor upon entering the Upper School. The advisor’s main purpose is to promote consistent and productive communication among students, teachers, parents, and college counselors throughout the student’s Upper School career. The advisor coordinates parent conferences and the student’s schedule and provides overall guidance to the student throughout the school year. Parents are encouraged to use the advisor as the first line of contact with the school.
  • What is the role of my student’s college counselor?

    Forsyth Country Day recognizes that preparation for college is a significant component of a student’s experience here. Our College Counseling program seeks to provide each student with the guidance, support, encouragement, and information necessary to make appropriate choices for future educational opportunities.

    Each student is assigned a college counselor at the end of ninth grade and develops a close relationship over the course of high school. Students meet with college counselors regularly as they provide a constant source of guidance and support.
  • How do students use their lockers?

    Students may obtain their locker number during the Fall Book Sale or at the beginning of the school year. Lockers are used to store textbooks, notebooks, and other personal items. Since we maintain a strict honor code many students do not use a lock.
  • What if my Upper School student drives?

    FCDS considers driving to school a privilege. For the safety of the entire community, common driving courtesy is expected at all times. All Upper School students have the opportunity to drive to and park at school. Students must register their cars with the Upper School office and park in designated areas. 
  • How do students buy lunch?

    Students have different options for lunch as well as different locations to eat lunch. Our dining hall is operated by FLIK and students can review our lunch menu daily. Each student is given a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that he/she uses to access his/her meal plan.
  • In addition to athletics, in what clubs and activities can students participate?

    All students are encouraged to participate in clubs and activities. Students will find a wide range to chose from including everything from creative writing to computer science to service.

    FCDS also features a full spectrum of opportunities for students in the arts. Students can participate in award-winning programs in the visual arts, choral music, and instrumental music, and take part in drama or musical.

    Additionally, FCDS houses a Community School of the Arts, which conveniently offers a wide array of arts instruction in music, visual arts, drama, and dance to our own students as well as to the general public.