Smoky Mountain High School opened its doors under that name for the first time in 1988. The building itself had formerly housed Sylva-Webster High School, but in 1988, students from Cullowhee High School joined the students of Sylva-Webster to form a consolidated high school, and it has been an active and vital part of the community ever since. It is one of only three high schools in the county (the others are Blue Ridge School in Cashiers and Jackson County Early College at Southwestern Community College), and it is the largest.
Since that opening day, a number of buildings have been added to the campus to keep up with continued population growth and changes in technology and the career opportunities now available to today's graduates. The campus is an attractive one, 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 High School is a four-year high school, serving students in grades 9-12. The school 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 several years. As of September 2015, more than 800 students are enrolled at Smoky Mountain High School.
Smoky Mountain High School has 67 fully licensed teachers on staff. Almost 28 percent have earned advanced degrees. Thirteen are National Board Certified. Sixty percent have ten or more years teaching experience. All of our classes are taught by Highly Qualified teachers.
Smoky Mountain High School students have a wide variety of curricular and extra-curricular programs and activities in which they can participate. Students benefit greatly from the close proximity of two schools of higher education: Southwestern Community College and Western Carolina University. Both schools offer courses geared specifically to our high school students both on their campuses and on ours. As a result, our students have a chance to earn college credit while still in high school. 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.
Smoky Mountain High School students benefit greatly from an actively-involved and supportive community. Our high school Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) and various parent booster organizations provide a number of activities that support teachers and students. High student expectation on the part of a dedicated staff and supportive parents has helped to provide an environment in which all students can learn. To schedule a visit or for more information about Smoky Mountain High School, please call 828-586-2177 during school hours (7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.).