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Our students enjoy an abundance of opportunities to connect through relevant, authentic, and meaningful learning experiences. We believe that what happens both inside and outside the classroom helps our students discover their passions and develop their talents.

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Our belief that every child can learn and achieve is the core of who we are. Our family of graduates is evidence of that value, and their success demonstrates our commitment to lifelong learning.

THE Jackson County FAMILY

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

English Teacher, Swain County

2014-Present PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction
2012 Morning Star Award for Creative Writing
2003 Yale University’s William H. McKim Prize
Alma Exley Minority Teaching Scholarship

“Beginning in elementary school, teachers throughout my Jackson County schools experience collectively instilled in me a love for literature and writing that has sustained me professionally and personally throughout my entire life.”

Dr. Brad McAbee

Emergency Room Doctor, Harris Regional Hospital

WCU, Magna Cum Laude
UT-Knoxville, Chief Resident

“Jackson County schools gave me the foundation from which everything I have ever done is based. My teachers taught me education was a process that is never ending and knowledge is the platform from which all your dreams can come true. My coaches taught me there is no substitute for hard work and that through hard work and building on the strengths of those around you, there is nothing you can’t achieve.”

Jackson Simmons

Graduate Assistant, UNC-Charlotte

2011-2015 UNC-Chapel Hill Basketball
2011 Associated Press All-State Selection
2011 WNC Basketball Player of the Year
State Record for Career Rebounds
School Record for Career Points

“The leadership of the administration and the desire of the teachers to help kids reach their potential allowed me to become the person I am today. The opportunities I had to expand my knowledge were vital to my enjoyment of college and broadening my perspective on higher education.”

Jarrett Frazier

Transmission Associate Engineer, NBC Sports

2012 Sports Emmy – Games of the XXX Olympiad
2014 WCU Young Alumnus Award
2015 Sports Emmy – The XXII Olympic Winter Games

““I will always treasure the friendships and lessons I learned while attending school in Jackson County. Between the wonderful teachers, friends, and community, I cannot imagine a better place to grow up.””

Jeff Willison, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar, North Carolina State University

“Being in Jackson County Schools from 1st grade through 12th grade equipped me with ample tools for success at the undergraduate and graduate levels of academia. The people in Jackson County Schools, from principals to teachers to guidance counselors to lunchroom personnel, set an example of excellence that I continue to follow.”

Lt. Jenna Carpenter

Coast Guard, C-130 Pilot

“Jackson County Public Schools really helped shaped who I am today. The teachers know your name, your strengths and your weaknesses. I never got lost between the cracks. Faculty and staff always helped me challenge myself and look for new and exciting opportunities. It was a very personal experience growing up within the school system and now after comparing it with my colleagues who went to private schools, boarding schools, or magnet schools, I would never change my experience staying within the school system kindergarten-12th grade.”

Kevin E. Stanberry

Vice-President Stanberry Insurance Agency, Inc

Board of Directors for Full Spectrum Farms
Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
WCU Catamount Club

““I give full credit for the success I have obtained during my business career to the education I received in Jackson County Public Schools. I don’t believe I could have had better or more caring teachers during elementary school and high school. I can’t think of a better choice than public schools in Jackson County.”

Louis Sipler

UNC-Wilmington Student

SCC Associate in Science Degree
SCC President’s List President
National Honor Society
Eagle Scout

“Jackson County Schools gave me the opportunity to be a part of so much that was extremely beneficial to my future, not only as a college student, but also as an adult.””


We believe authentic learning takes place through the application of knowledge. Our highly-qualified staff recognize the diverse learning styles of our students and employ innovative strategies that make learning relevant and meaningful for all students regardless of their future path.


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Students Developing Real-World Skills in 40 CTE Courses

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Athletic Teams in 14 Sports

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From academics and arts to athletics and technical skills, Jackson County Public Schools has a place for you. We are your best option, because we provide the resources and opportunities you need to be successful. This is your invitation to become a part of the Jackson County Public Schools family.