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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Smoky Mountain High School is an above average, public school located in Sylva, NC. It has 866 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 43% of students are at least proficient in math and 59% in reading.

Smoky Mountain High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
59%
Percent Proficient - Math
43%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1120
66 responses
Average ACT
24
82 responses
AP Enrollment
7%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$43,350
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$684
National
$949
Median Home Value
$203,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 15 responses
  • Mustang Round Up
    40%
  • Basketball Student Section
    27%
  • Spirit Week
    20%
  • Fall Spirit Day
    7%
  • Pep rallies
    7%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
866
Free or Reduced Lunch
40%
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$43,781
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.7%
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,235/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.13 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.13 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.13 responses
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During my early adolescent school years attending the Jackson County school system I had a very pleasant experience, so it was only natural that I continued my highschool years there. The teachers were very attentive in the growth of my education, of which I was very fortunate. I remember very fondly the first time I was greated by the massive lobby of Smoky Mountian High, granted I was a bit scared coming from a much smaller school I found my place within those infamous halls. As I mentioned before the teachers were always understanding and ready to accomadate any need I had regarding the school work they assigned. Every step of my journey through that school was guided by amazing people who I had the pleasure of calling my educators moreover I hope they are still molding young minds like they did mine. Also for the young adults that follow the same path just know your going to be attending one of the finest schools Western North Carolina has to offer!
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Smoky Mountain's environment is incredibly supportive; the principal encourages students to get involved, come to her with ideas on how to improve the student experience, and often expresses that she has an "automatic yes" when it comes to student ideas and pursuits. The teachers are passionate about what they teach and are incredibly willing to help students in whatever way they can--writing recommendations, offering tutoring sessions, or acting as advocates for student success. The support staff are friendly and helpful, and the Student Support Center offers thorough guidance in academics, college readiness, and preparation for students' entrance into adulthood. Overall, Smoky Mountain High School offers a range of classes, including many AP's, and encourages students to become their best selves, guiding them in deciding "what comes next," whether it is a 4 year university or entering the workforce.
Smoky Mountain High School is full of friendly faces and a loving faculty. I have enjoyed my four years of education at this school and will take a lot of the memories I have made with me for the rest of my life. The classes offered at this school are wonderful and provide many learning experiences no matter the field of study. I have personally taken a liking to the classes offered pertaining to the arts such as musical theater and play production. Although, I also enjoy other electives such as foods, apparel, and weights classes. I believe Smoky Mountain is a pleasant place to attend overall.