Smokey Mountain Elementary

Summary:

Smokey Mountain Elementary is a public elementary school located in Whittier, North Carolina, serving grades PK-8 with a student population of 353. The school is part of the Jackson County Public Schools district, which is ranked 142 out of 243 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Smokey Mountain Elementary consistently ranks in the bottom quartile of North Carolina elementary schools, with a statewide ranking between 1046 and 1422 out of around 1500 schools over the past decade. The school has received a 0 or 1 out of 5 star rating from SchoolDigger, indicating very low academic performance compared to other schools in the state. Additionally, the school has a significantly higher percentage of Native American students (27.76% in 2022-2023) and a higher percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch (ranging from 48.31% to 77.9% over the past three school years) compared to the surrounding schools, such as Cullowhee Valley School, Fairview Elementary, and Scotts Creek Elementary.

The consistently low academic performance, coupled with the racial and socioeconomic disparities, suggest that Smokey Mountain Elementary faces significant challenges in providing a high-quality education for its students. While the school has a relatively low student-teacher ratio, this does not appear to be translating into improved academic outcomes. Addressing these issues will likely require a multifaceted approach, including targeted interventions, resource allocation, and collaboration with the broader community to support the success of all students.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 884 US Hwy 441N
       Whittier, NC  28789-9790


(828) 497-5535

District: Jackson County Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
1422nd of 1,502 North Carolina Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,755 Help


Students who attend Smokey Mountain Elementary usually attend:

High:    Jackson County Early College
    Smoky Mountain High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.1 Help
Number of students:  353

Racial breakdown:

White:
44.8%
American Indian:
27.8%
Hispanic:
14.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  77.9% Help


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Compare Details Smokey Mountain Elementary ranks worse than 94.7% of elementary schools in North Carolina. It also ranks last among 5 ranked elementary schools in the Jackson County Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 9.87. (See more...)
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Compare Details Smokey Mountain Elementary ranks worse than 79.6% of middle schools in North Carolina. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 23.71. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Smokey Mountain Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (44.8%), American Indian (27.8%), Hispanic (14.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 77.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Smokey Mountain Elementary is 14.1. 2 elementary schools in the Jackson County Public Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Smokey Mountain Elementary is $11,755, which is the 2nd highest among 5 elementary schools in the Jackson County Public Schools District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Smokey Mountain Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Smokey Mountain Elementary 1422nd of 1502 North Carolina public elementary schools. (See Smokey Mountain Elementary in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Smokey Mountain Elementary 624th of 784 North Carolina public middle schools. (See Smokey Mountain Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Jackson County Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Jackson County Public Schools 142nd of 243 North Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Smokey Mountain Elementary

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Smokey Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 42.34 836th 1276 34.5%
2007 34.11 974th 1293 24.7%
2008 50.81 697th 1324 47.4%
2009 25.97 1080th 1354 20.2%
2010 16.72 1218th 1363 10.6%
2011 21.11 1188th 1381 14.0%
2012 26.07 1140th 1388 17.9%
2013 25.23 1109th 1403 21.0%
2014 27.36 1046th 1390 24.7%
2015 22.14 1184th 1440 17.8%
2016 19.22 1218th 1425 14.5%
2017 25.84 1144th 1429 19.9%
2018 16.42 1257th 1434 12.3%
2019 24.09 1205th 1473 18.2%
2021 17.26 1259th 1489 15.4%
2022 13.47 1381st 1514 8.8%
2023 9.87 1422nd 1502 5.3%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Smokey Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.58 1107th 1332 16.9%
2019 42.43 840th 1361 38.3%
2021 28.27 988th 1329 25.7%
2022 15.82 1274th 1366 6.7%
2023 15.64 1329th 1437 7.5%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at Smokey Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.12 1165th 1405 17.1%
2019 28.03 1115th 1424 21.7%
2021 22.93 1132nd 1440 21.4%
2022 25.44 1158th 1458 20.6%
2023 21.85 1220th 1459 16.4%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Smokey Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 12.79 1312th 1413 7.1%
2019 23.05 1196th 1430 16.4%
2021 11.00 1342nd 1444 7.1%
2022 8.36 1413th 1464 3.5%
2023 3.62 1454th 1461 0.5%
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Rank History for elementary school Native American students at Smokey Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 12.95 25th 28 10.7%
2019 32.50 21st 27 22.2%
2021 38.06 23rd 28 17.9%
2022 29.60 24th 29 17.2%
2023 20.07 27th 29 6.9%
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Rank History for elementary school White students at Smokey Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 15.30 1108th 1178 5.9%
2019 19.20 1072nd 1183 9.4%
2021 9.68 1137th 1172 3.0%
2022 7.23 1171st 1194 1.9%
2023 1.79 1177th 1183 0.5%
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Data source: test scores: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Smokey Mountain Elementary

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Rank History for all middle school students at Smokey Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 49.47 358th 598 40.1%
2007 28.97 492nd 606 18.8%
2008 43.97 386th 620 37.7%
2009 45.12 410th 630 34.9%
2010 50.20 389th 640 39.2%
2011 47.52 409th 648 36.9%
2012 48.77 407th 662 38.5%
2013 34.31 451st 673 33.0%
2014 34.17 409th 627 34.8%
2015 28.87 516th 705 26.8%
2016 45.24 389th 692 43.8%
2017 31.81 495th 694 28.7%
2018 33.81 477th 691 31.0%
2019 12.87 660th 737 10.4%
2021 17.06 625th 741 15.7%
2022 39.16 483rd 786 38.5%
2023 23.71 624th 784 20.4%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Smokey Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.51 361st 604 40.2%
2019 29.02 492nd 639 23.0%
2021 20.70 543rd 633 14.2%
2022 35.94 450th 689 34.7%
2023 25.71 589th 735 19.9%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Smokey Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.11 466th 656 29.0%
2019 9.20 647th 684 5.4%
2021 16.82 617th 706 12.6%
2022 40.55 437th 733 40.4%
2023 36.96 458th 731 37.3%
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Rank History for middle school Disabled students at Smokey Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.77 393rd 475 17.3%
2021 42.59 248th 478 48.1%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Smokey Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.27 471st 665 29.2%
2019 16.42 612th 697 12.2%
2021 21.36 573rd 711 19.4%
2022 35.96 492nd 748 34.2%
2023 9.56 699th 747 6.4%
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Rank History for middle school Native American students at Smokey Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.06 18th 23 21.7%
2019 8.16 23rd 24 4.2%
2021 46.80 15th 23 34.8%
2022 66.27 5th 20 75.0%
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Rank History for middle school White students at Smokey Mountain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.61 438th 596 26.5%
2019 10.33 596th 624 4.5%
2021 13.48 586th 632 7.3%
2022 37.28 429th 658 34.8%
2023 21.37 556th 656 15.2%
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Data source: test scores: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

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Data source: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for Smokey Mountain Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 285 1 3 0 216 n/a n/a 0 505
1989 258 0 3 0 221 n/a n/a 0 482
1990 246 0 2 0 201 n/a n/a 0 449
1991 231 0 2 0 195 n/a n/a 0 428
1992 210 1 1 2 187 n/a n/a 0 401
1993 206 1 1 2 194 n/a n/a 17 421
1994 224 1 1 0 164 n/a n/a 17 407
1995 227 8 1 0 166 n/a n/a 0 402
1996 227 8 1 0 166 n/a n/a 0 402
1997 225 4 0 4 185 n/a n/a 0 418
1998 215 5 2 4 202 n/a n/a 0 428
1999 242 5 2 5 201 n/a n/a 0 455
2000 240 9 2 6 225 n/a n/a 0 482
2001 238 6 0 6 219 n/a n/a 0 469
2002 230 6 0 3 236 n/a n/a 0 475
2003 230 6 0 3 236 n/a n/a 0 475
2004 207 7 0 11 247 n/a n/a 0 472
2005 191 7 0 7 248 n/a n/a 0 453
2006 186 5 1 6 238 n/a n/a 0 436
2007 200 2 1 7 220 n/a n/a 2 432
2008 203 5 2 15 220 n/a n/a 3 448
2009 194 7 2 11 210 n/a n/a 0 424
2010 178 8 2 12 225 n/a n/a 0 425
2011 190 7 0 27 236 3 8 0 471
2012 183 8 1 29 190 3 7 0 421
2013 174 8 4 32 184 3 11 0 416
2014 203 4 7 36 167 3 7 0 427
2015 181 8 7 49 150 2 12 0 409
2016 183 7 8 53 143 2 10 0 406
2017 170 6 8 53 133 2 8 0 380
2018 152 6 9 50 120 0 13 0 350
2019 168 3 13 43 111 0 14 0 352
2020 145 5 10 36 96 0 21 0 313
2021 147 3 10 36 105 0 19 0 320
2022 152 5 11 50 111 0 25 0 354
2023 158 2 5 50 98 0 40 0 353

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Smokey Mountain Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 505 25.0 20.2 40
1989 482 27.0 17.8 69.3
1990 449 27.0 16.6 64.8
1991 428 27.0 15.8 68
1992 401 30.0 13.3 38.7
1993 421 28.0 15.0 54.2
1994 407 28.0 14.5 59.5
1995 402 30.0 13.4 51.7
1996 402 30.0 13.4 51.7
1997 418 29.0 14.4 53.1
1998 428 30.0 14.3 57
1999 455 30.0 15.2 68.4
2000 482 30.0 16.1 65.6
2001 469 30.0 15.6 64
2002 475 31.0 15.3 67.4
2003 475 31.0 15.3 67.4
2004 472 31.0 15.2 64
2005 453 31.0 14.6 62.7
2006 436 31.0 14.1 61
2007 432 n/a n/a 62.1
2008 448 34.0 13.2 66.1
2009 424 30.5 13.9 67.2
2010 425 27.4 15.5 70.8
2011 471 28.3 16.6 72.2
2012 421 27.4 15.3 67.2
2013 416 28.3 14.6 76.4
2014 427 27.0 15.7 73.5
2015 409 29.0 14.1 73.3
2016 406 29.0 14.0 97.8
2017 380 26.4 14.3 96.8
2018 350 25.6 13.6 98.6
2019 352 26.0 13.5 99.1
2020 313 24.8 12.5 72.2
2021 320 23.9 13.3 61.6
2022 354 26.4 13.3 48.3
2023 353 24.9 14.1 77.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Smokey Mountain Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 505 25.0 20.2 40
1989 482 27.0 17.8 69.3
1990 449 27.0 16.6 64.8
1991 428 27.0 15.8 68
1992 401 30.0 13.3 38.7
1993 421 28.0 15.0 54.2
1994 407 28.0 14.5 59.5
1995 402 30.0 13.4 51.7
1996 402 30.0 13.4 51.7
1997 418 29.0 14.4 53.1
1998 428 30.0 14.3 57
1999 455 30.0 15.2 68.4
2000 482 30.0 16.1 65.6
2001 469 30.0 15.6 64
2002 475 31.0 15.3 67.4
2003 475 31.0 15.3 67.4
2004 472 31.0 15.2 64
2005 453 31.0 14.6 62.7
2006 436 31.0 14.1 61
2007 432 n/a n/a 62.1
2008 448 34.0 13.2 66.1
2009 424 30.5 13.9 67.2
2010 425 27.4 15.5 70.8
2011 471 28.3 16.6 72.2
2012 421 27.4 15.3 67.2
2013 416 28.3 14.6 76.4
2014 427 27.0 15.7 73.5
2015 409 29.0 14.1 73.3
2016 406 29.0 14.0 97.8
2017 380 26.4 14.3 96.8
2018 350 25.6 13.6 98.6
2019 352 26.0 13.5 99.1
2020 313 24.8 12.5 72.2
2021 320 23.9 13.3 61.6
2022 354 26.4 13.3 48.3
2023 353 24.9 14.1 77.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Smokey Mountain Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,734 (14.8%) $10,021 (85.2%) $11,755

Data source: North Carolina Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Smokey Mountain Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1205th of 1473 Elementary schoolsRanks 1422nd of 1502 Elementary schools
 12.9%
Ranks 660th of 737 Middle schoolsRanks 624th of 784 Middle schools
 10%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Smokey Mountain Elementary)67.919.2
 48.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Jackson County Public Schools)61.550.9
 10.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)64.361.1
 3.2%
3rd Grade Reading (Smokey Mountain Elementary)49.123.1
 26%
   3rd Grade Reading (Jackson County Public Schools)54.538.3
 16.2%
   3rd Grade Reading (North Carolina)56.848
 8.8%
4th Grade Mathematics (Smokey Mountain Elementary)21.627.3
 5.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Jackson County Public Schools)38.154.9
 16.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)57.355.3
 2%
4th Grade Reading (Smokey Mountain Elementary)40.533.3
 7.2%
   4th Grade Reading (Jackson County Public Schools)51.250.2
 1%
   4th Grade Reading (North Carolina)57.355.3
 2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Smokey Mountain Elementary)51.613.2
 38.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Jackson County Public Schools)50.251.2
 1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)60.255.9
 4.3%
5th Grade Reading (Smokey Mountain Elementary)32.323.7
 8.6%
   5th Grade Reading (Jackson County Public Schools)48.141.7
 6.4%
   5th Grade Reading (North Carolina)54.648
 6.6%
5th Grade Science (Smokey Mountain Elementary)54.823.7
 31.1%
   5th Grade Science (Jackson County Public Schools)65.458.3
 7.1%
   5th Grade Science (North Carolina)72.665.3
 7.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Smokey Mountain Elementary)34.141.4
 7.3%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Jackson County Public Schools)57.153.9
 3.2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)58.852.3
 6.5%
6th Grade Reading (Smokey Mountain Elementary)36.631
 5.6%
   6th Grade Reading (Jackson County Public Schools)60.546.1
 14.4%
   6th Grade Reading (North Carolina)6049.3
 10.7%
7th Grade Mathematics (Smokey Mountain Elementary)23.526.9
 3.4%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Jackson County Public Schools)50.444.1
 6.3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)58.450.1
 8.3%
7th Grade Reading (Smokey Mountain Elementary)41.235.8
 5.4%
   7th Grade Reading (Jackson County Public Schools)54.142.4
 11.7%
   7th Grade Reading (North Carolina)58.850.2
 8.6%
8th Grade Mathematics (Smokey Mountain Elementary)20.616.7
 3.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Jackson County Public Schools)45.832.3
 13.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)52.644.8
 7.8%
8th Grade Reading (Smokey Mountain Elementary)38.250
 11.8%
   8th Grade Reading (Jackson County Public Schools)50.842.2
 8.6%
   8th Grade Reading (North Carolina)55.651
 4.6%
8th Grade Science (Smokey Mountain Elementary)61.856.7
 5.1%
   8th Grade Science (Jackson County Public Schools)77.566.1
 11.4%
   8th Grade Science (North Carolina)78.670.3
 8.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students352353
 0.3%
African American32
 33.3%
American Indian11198
 11.7%
Asian135
 61.5%
Hispanic4350
 16.3%
Pacific Islander00
White168158
 6%
Two or More Races1440
 185.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients99.1%77.9%
 21.2%


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Students at Smokey Mountain Elementary are 45% White, 28% American Indian, 14% Hispanic, 11% Two or more races, 1% Asian.

Students who attend Smokey Mountain Elementary usually go on to attend:

High : Jackson County Early College
High : Smoky Mountain High School

Smokey Mountain Elementary ranks in the bottom 5.3% of North Carolina elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 353 students attended Smokey Mountain Elementary.


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