NFHS Program Showcase


Bob Carnaroli

North Forsyth’s 1st Annual Program Showcase provided parents of rising freshmen with much-needed information in preparation for registration for the 2023-2024 school year.

North Forsyth High School held a Program Showcase night on Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Cafe to showcase the CTAE, fine arts, world language and AP courses offered at North Forsyth. North offers 12 different CTAE pathway opportunities, three world languages, 31 different honors, accelerated and Advanced Placement courses. The showcase was held to provide incoming freshmen and their parents with necessary information about class offerings to better prepare students for registration Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 8 a.m.


Raider Pathway Day will take place Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. for rising NFMS 9th graders. Liberty’s Pathway Date is currently undetermined. The transition meeting for NFMS students will be on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 2:45 p.m. and Liberty’s meeting date is still undetermined. A Registration kickoff event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. The registration portal and course waiver will open that morning at 8 a.m. The portal and waiver will close at 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan, 30 and will reopen for viewing only from Friday, Feb. 24 to Tuesday, Feb. 28.


Advanced Placement classes are offered at North Forsyth to provide students with an opportunity to learn in college-level classes in a high school environment. AP allows students to earn college credit and experience while still in high school. North has many Advanced Placement options.


In the CTAE Department, students can further their computer science education through AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles.


The fine arts department offers AP Music Theory, AP Studio Art 2D and AP Studio Art 3D.


Academics are also included in the AP program. For English, students can take AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition.


AP Calculus AB and BC, AP Precalculus and AP Statistics are offered by the Math Department.


AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, and AP Physics I and C make up the wide selection of Science AP classes.


The Social Studies Department also has a wide selection of AP classes, including AP Government and Politics, AP Human Geography, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology, AP United States History and AP World History.


AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature are offered in the World Language Department.


North Forsyth offers an AP Capstone Diploma Program which is open to rising Juniors. This application-based program is made up of two AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. AP English Language and AP English Literature are both corequisites for the two courses, so students taking the program are required to take both AP English Courses as well. Students who score a three or higher on the AP Seminar, AP Research and four other choice exams receive the AP Capstone Diploma.


Career Technical and Agricultural Education classes help students explore and grow in their career focus areas. CTAE classes help students unsure about their future, explore various careers and ultimately be prepared to enter the workforce. Students who have already chosen a career path, however, are allowed to grow and focus specifically on their goals for the future.


Audio/Video Technology and Film is a three-course pathway, taught by James Seawright.


Computer Science, taught by Mark Fisher and Jen Crummel, has three courses: Introduction to Software Technology, AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A.


Jodie Marshall teaches Engineering and Technology, a four-year pathway including Foundations of Engineering and Technology, Engineering Concepts, Engineering Applications and Research and Design.


Veterinary Science Pathway will be offered, starting in Fall 2023, as part of the Environmental Agriculture Systems Pathway taught by Bailey Hicks. The three courses offered as part of this program are Basic Agricultural Science, Animal Science and Biotechnology and Veterinary Science.


Another three-course pathway is Food and Nutrition taught by Chanda Childress, Tracy Mooney and Laura Morrison. The three courses offered are Food Nutrition and Wellness, Food for Life and Food Science.


The Healthcare pathway has a new course being offered in the 2023-2024 school year. In the past, the Healthcare pathway, taught by Kerri Graczyk, Max Stallings, and Phillip Oliver, was a three-year pathway including Introduction to Healthcare, Essentials of Healthcare and Sports Medicine. Next year students will have the option to take the new Public Health course or Sports Medicine as the final level in the pathway.


MCJROTC or Marine Corps Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps is taught by Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CWO3) C.Kk Villarouel and Master Gunnery Sergeant Randy Merritt.


Marketing and Management is a three-year program taught by Lisa Cline. Marketing and Management has three courses: Marketing Principles, Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Marketing Management. This pathway also has an additional course that requires instructor approval. This additional course is a directed study/internship with the Raider Station or Raider Valley Promotions.


Sports and Entertainment Marketing is very similar to Marketing and Management as it is also a three-year program with the additional directed study/internship with the Raider Station or Raider Valley Promotions. This pathway, taught by Katie Jenkins, has the same first-level class as Marketing and Management; however, the second and third levels are different. This pathway’s courses include Marketing Principles, Introduction to Sports and Entertainment Marketing and Advanced Sports and Entertainment Marketing.


Teaching as a Profession is a three-course pathway taught by Tracy Mooney. The three courses include: Examining the Teaching Profession, Contemporary Issues in Education and Teaching as a Profession Practicum. The second and third courses are semester courses and are a two-period block. This allows students to spend time at local elementary schools for the practicum course.


Another three-course pathway is Web Development. This pathway’s courses, taught by Mark Fisher and Jen Crummel, include Introduction to Software Technology, AP Computer Science Principles and Web Development.


North Forsyth has four primary Fine Arts programs including band, chorus, drama and visual arts.


The band has numerous classes and groups. The concert bands include Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble. Marching Band, Indoor Drumline, and Winter Guard are also included in the program. Raymond Thomas and Nicholas Tucker are the Band Directors. Thomas also teaches Guitar and Music Theory and Tucker is the Music Tech and Drumline teacher.


The Choir program, directed by Gene Seese, includes three different ensembles: Raider Chorale, Cantamus and NFHS Chamber Singers. Raider Chorale is an entry-level mixed choir, no audition is required for this class. Cantamus, which translates to “We Sing Together,” is the audition-only Advanced Women’s Chorus. NFHS Chamber Singers, the premier select mixed chorus is audition only and is a highly competitive group.


Drama has many different class options for students to choose from, including Advanced Drama, Musical Theatre and Technical Theatre. Colleen Martin, the Theatre Director, is holding open auditions for the Spring Musical, Newsies Jr. Auditions are open to 8th graders at Liberty and North Forsyth Middle and shows will be May 11-13.


Deanna Boyanton and Crystal Fowler are both Visual Arts teachers. Visual Arts classes offered include AP Studio Art 2D, AP Studio Art 3D, AP Photography, Visual Arts I, II, III, Photography I, II, Ceramics I, II and III.


North has three different World Language options including French, Russian and Spanish.


French I and II are offered at North Forsyth. French classes are taught by Anna Surin and Maria Wlosko.


North offers four levels of Russian which is also taught by Surin.


Spanish, being North Forsyth’s most commonly taken language course, is taught at many levels by many teachers. Spanish classes offered include Spanish I, II, III, IV, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature and Native Speakers I and II. These classes are taught by Erinne Aponte, Maite Arsuaga, Juan Garcia, Laura Spencer, Camilla Porciuncula and Wlosko.