Living in Winston-Salem means enjoying the best of what North Carolina has to offer at a pace that is perfect for individuals and families. Winston-Salem offers a unique blend of charm and sophistication, art and industry, recreation and competition.
Learn more about what makes Winston-Salem a special place in the Living area of this website.
Elementary and Secondary Education
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools formed in 1963 with the merger of the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County school systems. It is the fifth-largest system in North Carolina and the 83rd largest in the nation. In 2010-11, the school system's total budget was $670.6 million, including capital projects and child nutrition.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools serves about 52,400 students with the goal of providing a quality education for each child. The school system has 42 elementary schools, 16 middle schools and 11 high schools. Eleven special schools bring the systemwide total to 80.
There are also 29 private schools in the area, both church-affiliated and secular. Several private schools in Forsyth County offer instruction from Kindergarten through 12th grade, while others concentrate on the lower grades.
Visit the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools website.
Forsyth Technical Community College
Forsyth Tech has been serving the citizens of Forsyth and Stokes counties since 1960 and began as the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Industrial Education Center, offering vocational instruction and training in skilled trades. Today, as Forsyth Technical Community College, those programs are still offered, as well as college transfer and two-year degree programs, corporate training, continuing education, personal enrichment classes and much, much more.
In the 2010-2011 school year, the college experienced an enrollment of approximately 12,873 students with 467 full-time staff members. The part-time Corporate and Continuing Education learners numbered 66,721. Forsyth Tech operates seven campuses in Forsyth County offering 184 curriculum programs. The college is also providing over 500 customized courses a year for over 6,000 employees of local companies.
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Wake Forest University
Wake Forest is a private institution with a 2010-2011 enrollment of 6,862 students including 4,476 undergraduates. Undergraduate degrees offered include a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in 37 different disciplines. Over 400 full-time faculty teach at Wake Forest with an undergraduate student ratio of 10:1.
Wake Forest has a 2009 ranking of 28th among the nation’s best colleges by US News & World Report. Additionally, the same source recognized Wake Forest for having one of America’s most “outstanding first year experiences” at an undergraduate institution.
The University also includes a School of Law ranked no. 40, the Babcock Graduate School of Management (one of the top 20 executive MBA programs in the nation), a Graduate School, Divinity School and the internationally recognized School of Medicine. Wake Forest was rated the second most connected campus in the United States in 2003 by The Princeton Review. The school’s commitment to computer and telephony technology was noted as the main reason Wake Forest University was awarded one of the three Presidential debates for 2000 by the Council on Presidential Debates.
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Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, is a historically black university that today is a recognized regional institution offering baccalaureate and graduate programs to a diverse student population. U.S. News and World Report has ranked the university among Top Public Comprehensive Colleges in the South - Bachelor's Category for the last nine years (2001-2009).The 2008-2009 enrollment was 6,442 students.
WSSU has over 400 faculty members of whom over half hold doctoral degrees. Undergraduate degrees offered at Winston-Salem State include Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Applied Science. WSSU has added six new graduate programs since 2002 including masters in business administration, education, computer science, counseling, nursing and physical therapy. There are eight more graduate programs planned in subjects such as health care administration, biology and pharmacology.
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The University of North Carolina School of the Arts
An arts conservatory of international renown, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts was the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School opened as the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1965 after nearly a million dollars was raised to win the new school for Winston-Salem. In 1972, the School became part of the prestigious University of North Carolina system.
Five professional schools make up the University of North Carolina School of the Arts: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. With its full academic program, the School is accredited to award the high school diploma, the College Arts Diploma, the Professional Artist Certificate, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Students must audition or interview for admission to UNCSA. Of the more than 1,000 students enrolled, half come from two-thirds of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Half come from 45 other states and nearly two dozen foreign countries.
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Salem College, a private, residential liberal arts college for women, is located in the historic village of Old Salem and was started in 1772 by the area’s early Moravian settlers. Salem is the oldest women’s college in the nation by founding date and is the thirteenth oldest college in the U.S.
Salem has an enrollment of 1,100 from 28 states and 16 foreign countries. There are 53 full-time faculty members, with 97% holding doctoral degrees in their fields. Salem College also operates Salem Academy, a high school residential and day school for girls adjacent to the college campus.
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