Smoky Mountain High School opened its doors for the first time in 1988 when students from Cullowhee High School joined the students of Sylva-Webster High School to form a consolidated high school. Since then, it has been an active and vital part of the community. Smoky Mountain is the largest of three high schools in Jackson County Public Schools.
Several buildings have been added to the campus to accommodate population growth, changes in technology, and career opportunities available to today's graduates. The campus is beautiful with many landscape features that make it unique. It is nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains which can be seen from most classroom windows.
Smoky Mountain is a four-year high school, serving students in grades 9-12. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The school has earned North Carolina "School of Distinction" status for achieving high growth on all end-of-course tests for the last decade.
More than 900 students are enrolled at Smoky Mountain High School. All classes are taught by highly qualified educators with diverse backgrounds and experience. The staff includes 63 licensed teachers who have a love for students and learning.
Students enjoy a wide variety of curricular and extra-curricular programs and activities. They benefit from the close proximity of Southwestern Community College and Western Carolina University where dual-enrolled students can take courses and earn college credit while attending high school. In addition, a full contingent of Career and Technical Education programs are available to students who are interested in pursuing a two-year college degree or entering the workforce upon graduation.
Students also benefit from a supportive and actively-involved community. A number of parent booster organizations coordinate activities that support students and teachers. Students at Smoky Mountain have a positive experience because of our dedicated staff and supportive community.
For more information or to schedule a visit, please call 828-586-2177 during school hours (7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.).