Forsyth County offers students a full pipeline of learning, no matter which field of interest they pursue. The fourth-largest school system in the state offers comprehensive programs, including Career Technical Education to prepare students to be world-class workers and citizens in the global economy. The county is also home to five colleges and universities with an enrollment of more than 15,000 students combined. Forsyth Technical Community College, with more than 11,300 students enrolled, is also here.


Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is the fourth-largest school system in the state and serves 55,000 students across 80 schools.

  • High schools won eight state team athletic championships. Students also won 10 individual state championships.
  • Hanes Magnet Middle student teams won national titles in “Future City” competition and National Academic League.
  • Atkins High School won the NC Scholastic Chess Championship.
  • Atkins Magnet High School, known for its STEM programs, was identified by US News & World Report as the top high school in the school system and #24 in the state.


Private Schools

Forsyth Country Day School 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.

Salem Academy and College is the oldest educational institution for girls and women in the United States. Salem Academy offers boarding and day school for high school girls.

Additional Private Schools

Higher Education

Forsyth County is home to six world-class and unique institutes of higher learning, meaning there is a fit for everyone.

Forsyth Tech

One of the largest in the North Carolina Community College System, with an enrollment of over 11,000 credit students and over 24,000 Corporate and Continuing Education students.

Carolina University

Advanced degrees in faith-based careers, education, and health sciences.

Salem College

13th Best Small College in the US, with roots dating to 1772.

UNC School of the Arts

The #2 Best Small College in North Carolina, and a leading performing arts conservatory worldwide.

Wake Forest University

The #3 Best College in North Carolina and #28 nationally. Home to highly-ranked medical, law, business and divinity schools.

Winston-Salem State University

The #1 public HBCU in the country (2019), and top school for getting a job in NC after graduation. #3-ranked online RN to BSN online degree program, nationwide.

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