Last year, United Way of Forsyth County partnered with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to pilot a program at four high schools for parents and students of those schools to receive assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA). This year, the program is open to all Forsyth County high schools who choose to participate. Since validation of the FAFSA requires 2013 tax returns to be completed, VITA tax preparation, in partnership with Experiment in Self-Reliance, is also being provided for those who qualify.
Listed below are the high schools currently registered to participate with the dates for tax preparation and FAFSA assistance with the qualifications for participation. This site will be updated as high schools Please CLICK HERE to register to attend or contact Stefon Plummer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (336)721-9352/office or (229)347-1971/cell.
- Student must be enrolled at requested high school to attend FAFSA day
- VITA tax preparation is offered to families making less than $52,000 per year. For more information on program requirements and what you would need to bring, please CLICK HERE.
- Qualifying families may attend any VITA Tax Preparation Day at any school
VITA Tax Preparation Day*
11:30a-3:30p January 31, 2014
9:30a-3:30p February 21, 2014
|Carver HS||12:30p-6p February 5, 2014||9:30p-3:30p February 19, 2014|
|Mt. Tabor HS||N/A||9a-1p February 22, 2014|
|North Forsyth HS||11:30p-3:30p February 6, 2014||9:30p-3:30p February 18, 2014|
|Parkland HS||9a-1p February 15, 2014||9a-1p February 15, 2014|
|East Forsyth HS||12p-6p February 27, 2014||12p-6p February 27, 2014|
*VITA dates may change
For more questions please contact Stefon Plummer at email@example.com or (336)721-9352.
- 80.9% of Forsyth County’s 9th graders graduate from high school in four years. This is an improvement over last year's rate of 78.8%, but there is still work to be done.
- Forsyth ranks 3rd in graduation rates among the states five most populous counties, diminishing our economic competitiveness.1
- Dropouts earn 32% less than high school graduates. They are more likely to live below the poverty line, serve time in jail, live shorter lives, and receive government assistance.2
1North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
2High School Dropouts: Individual Economic Cost and The Role of the GED as a Potential Factor, Magnus Lofstrom, University of Texas at Dallas, The Social Costs of Inadequate Education, Henry M. Levin, Columbia University.
United Way's Response
- Established improving the high school graduation rate as our top priority.
- Created a comprehensive pilot initiative in early 2008 to increase tutoring, family involvement, counseling, mentoring, graduation coaching for students at-risk of dropping out.
- Targeted the pilot program for Parkland Magnet High School (lowest graduation rate in system) and Philo Magnet Academy (Funded by Women's Leadership Council dollars), Parkland’s largest feeder school.
- Expanded limited tutoring in Spring 2010 to Mineral Springs Middle School and East Forsyth Middle School. (Funded by Women's Leadership Council dollars)
- Expanded targeted tutoring in Spring 2010 to Carver High School
- Intensive tutoring began at Atkins High School in Spring 2010
- A comphrehensive program at North Forsyth High School began in Summer 2011
|Key Outcomes||Baseline||Most recent||Percent Change|
|Parkland Magnet High School Graduation Rate||65.8%||74.3%||+12.96%|
|Parkland students passing End of Course tests||42.3%||70.7%||+67.1%|
|Atkins High School Graduation Rate||53.3%||96.9%*||+81.8%*|
|Atkins students passing End of Course tests||45.6%||48.0%||+5.3%|
|Carver High School Graduation Rate||66.1%||72.6%||+9.8%|
|Carver students passing End of Course tests||52.5%||58.1%||+10.6%|
|Philo Magnet Academy students testing on grade level in math||29.6%||70.1%||+136.8%|
|Philo Magnet Academy students testing on grade level in reading||18.3%||39.3%||+114.7%|
* Atkins became a full magnet school 2 years ago and therefore had a very different population of students in the school year that just ended (2012). This is the primary reason for the striking increase in the graduation rate there.