Our Schools

Curriculum & Instruction

All students enrolled in Jackson County Public Schools will be provided engaging and supportive opportunities for learning. We believe all students can grow and achieve. Jackson County Public Schools follows the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. For more information on North Carolina standards, visit the NC Department of Public Instruction's Curriculum and Instruction Page.


Jackson County Public Schools serves elementary-aged students at six of our schools. We use a balanced literacy model for reading and writing in our classrooms. In mathematics, we focus on building understanding of major concepts in foundational math skills and proficiency in computational skills.

Elementary Curriculum Website


Middle & Secondary

Jackson County Public Schools serves middle school students at each of our K-8 schools. High school students are served at one of our four high schools including one comprehensive high school, two early-colleges, and an alternative school. Standards-based instruction and a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) are the focus of core instruction and district initiatives.

Middle & Secondary Curriculum Website


Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG)

Jackson County Public Schools supports and engages all learners. Our AIG program serves students in grades K-12 who manifest the ability to learn well beyond the expected level of their peers. Students in grade K-3 receive differentiated services within the regular classroom setting from the regular teacher.

Identification: All third-grade students are screened in the spring using the Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test to identify those who exhibit high cognitive ability. In addition, teachers are asked to refer students who perform at high levels in their classroom.

Students at any grade level beyond third grade may be referred by a teacher, a parent, or themselves for additional testing or consideration by each school’s committee.

Procedure to Disagree: Please refer to the JCPS Local AIG Plan for more information.


For more information, contact your school or:
Laura Dills
(828) 586-2311 ext. 1950

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Jackson County Public Schools supports English Language Learners through a variety of means. Our ESL program serves students at all schools who qualify for support based on home language surveys and English language proficiency assessments. State and federal guidelines are used to build and measure the success of our ESL program. The North Carolina State School Board policy uses WIDA’s Performance Definitions to measure English language Proficiency.

Also, see the Title III section of our Federal Programs web page.

For more information, contact your school or:
Laura Dills
(828) 586-2311 ext. 1950


Angie Dills

Chief Academic Officer
Director of Middle, Secondary, & Career/Technical Education
Title II, Title VII, Title VIII

(828) 586-2311 ext. 1954

Laura Dills

Director of Elementary Education
Title I, Title III/LEP, AIG

(828) 586-2311 ext. 1950

Brent Speckhardt

Director of Professional Development & Teacher Growth
(828) 586-2311 ext. 1971