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Smoky Mountain High

Public | 9-12 | 757 students

 
 

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Posted January 14, 2012

Excellent teachers. Great school. I really enjoyed being at SMHS. It was a great experience and I won't forget it.


Posted April 11, 2010

I had two daughters graduate from Smoky Mountain, and I was extremely pleased with their educations. They were both involved with extracurricular activities, which I believe is a key to a high school student feeling school spirit and a sense of belonging to the school community. As in all schools everywhere, some teachers were more involved with the students than others, but both daughters were given opportunities to meet with teachers for extra help if needed, and in some cases, extra credit. Both girls felt safe at school and respected by the staff. I feel very grateful for the high expectations and caring attitude my daughters experienced at Smoky Mountain High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Im a junior this year and i've been here since i was a freshman. I dont really like smoky mountain too much. I think that the staff here expects too much out of the students. I think that they think we are all suppossed to be perfect. There is a few things i would change about the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 15, 2009

This school is AWESOME! I was the new kid my freshman year and everyone was so welcoming! Alot of the teachers are really good and dedicated.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2009

I think Smoky Mountain has the potential to be an outstanding high school given some much needed parental and community support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2008

I am a junior this year at Smoky Mountain, and feel that although this school could definitely use a lot work, it's no doubt still a great place learn. As far as academics go, it doesn't offer a lot, in fact this year we only offered two AP courses. However, this makes it all the easier to stand out. With fewer high achieving students, your rank will really soar. The school could not be better placed next to WCU, which offers TONS of opportunities for students like camps, scholarships, concerts, workshops, etc. Smoky Mountain High School is truly a school that is what you make of it. If you work yourself and seek out new opportunities, you'll find rewards, but if you only do what you see, then you'll just be like all the other who complain about it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2008

I am in agreement with everyone who believes that SMH is in serious need of reform. The administration cannot handle the students, I understand there are fights occuring frequently, too much attention is paid to sports and not enough on academics, the building is filthy, class size is too big and student support from social workers, guidnace counselors..etc is just not there. I am also concerned that illegal drug use on campus might be a problem. Where is our SRO and what does he do when he is there?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2008

Except for a very, very, very poor guidance department in helping us prepare for college admissions/scholarships, I have felt good about the rest of my child's experience at SMHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2008

I will be graduating from Smoky Mountain High School next year in the spring of 2009. I am currently a junior there, and in my 3 years, I have felt pretty content in the school. I believe that, particularly on the newly assembled administration with Principal Grisson, our school has overall gained a lot of respect, become more organized (well more so than the absolute mess that it was before) and the students are better disiplined. I am and honors student, and take a majority of higher-level classes, that I have never had a problem with them not being available to me. However, I do feel as though there were some classes with a few select teachers, that I feel a student could get a better education in. The students, for the most part, are pretty well behaved and the school is pretty well maintained and cleaned. Overall, I LOVE IT.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2007

I have 2 children in this high school and find it very disappointing. I believe academics should come before atheletics. I notice everyone commenting on all of the extra curricular activities. Yes, they are there, but they are at all schools, this is nothing special.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2007

The Principal's, Staff, Coaches, Teachers and some of the parent's and student's are doing an outstanding service to my son! My son loves SMHS. Anytime someone has asked him how school is going, he replies 'Great!' Although the grades that I have seen are not that great, he has the option to excell; however, no one can do it for him. And I know for a fact that students are offered every opportunity to meet with teachers before school, after school and obtain assistance if needed! To my knowledge, the staff, teacher, principals coaches are educated and truly care about the students education, welfare and extra curricular opportunites! We must respect each other and work together! I hold my son accountable for his poor grades not the school or anyone else! Thank You and Have a Lovely Day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2007

I am a current student at Smoky Mountain and must say there is nowhere else I would rather be. If you act in an appropriate manner during school, you will earn respect from authority and therefore not have any problems. I have had so much fun in my past 3 years at SM, with all of the homecoming activities, many extracurricular clubs and gatherings, sports, dances, and just regular days at school. Every teacher I have had has cared about each individual student. Despite what others have said on this site, the administration really does care. They are honestly great! SM also has a great choral program. The Show Choir group, which is an honors class, travels to New York in the spring. Concert choir, and chorus are also available. Smoky Mountain is a fantastic high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 1, 2007

SM offers many extracurricular activities, classes with respectable teachers and a strong sports program with great coaches. I love the atmosphere here at SM. Someone posted that the principal doesn't even know the students, but that is far from the truth. I love Smoky Mountain and I am grateful for such a school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2007

I am set to graduate from SMH in June '07, and frankly, I am very disappointed in this school's overall performance. Our administration is very distant from my fellow students, and our principal is doubly so. There are a select few teachers who actually have the students' best interest in mind. However, their teaching capacity is almost crippled by the administrators' apathy, as well as precious funding that is practically thrown away on new sports uniforms and unnecessarily restrictive computer software every year. Furthermore, SMH's nutrition is appalling. The only time that parents really contact any faculty is during Open House night once per semester.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2006

Smoky Mountain is a wonderful school. The students are always friendly, and the teachers are excellent. Not to mention the huge list of extracurricular activities there for kids to get involved in!!! Smoky Mountain is a wonderful wonderful school!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2006

I graduated from SMHS in 2006 and didn't want to leave. High school, no matter where you go, is what you make of it. The students who were involved, tried hard, and did well in their classes did receive the respect they deserved from the teachers and administration. Respect goes both ways, when the students respect the authorities, the authorities respect them. I can honestly say that every teacher I had in that school was inspiring to me and the administration was very helpful. If you want to make change in that school, get involved in the activities where you have a voice. Earn your respect by showing respect to everyone else. It's a great school, if you let it be.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 14, 2006

I attend smoky mountain high school. This year will be my second year here. On a scale from 1-10 I would give this school a 2. Some of the teachers are really great and don't stereotype students. Those teachers were the one's that kept me in that school. Other teachers treated their students poorly , but of course the students were being disrespectful to the teachers also. I think that smoky mountain high school needs major changes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 2, 2006

I attend smokey moutain and i feel that this high school could use some improvement. Overall the staff doesnt not care about the students. The athletics are not properly funded. The only athletic programs that are noticed are football, cheerleading, basketball, and baseball. That all there is. Anyone thinking of attending, I strongly encourage you to find a better school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 2, 2006

As long as you are a popular student, or a child of a staff member,you are treated fairly. If you are neither of these then you don't matter to anyone. If you are looking for a school where you can get an education and get the support you need when you need it, then you should look elsewhere. This is NOT the school for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

The principal doesn't listen to kids or parents. Some of the teachers are outstanding.....others are totally rude and unfair to the students and the parents!!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2012.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

166 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

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Reading

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Science

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 36% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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24%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 82% in 2011.

176 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%
Civics and Economics

The state average for Civics and Economics was 80% in 2011.

179 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%
English I

The state average for English I was 83% in 2012.

213 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%
English II

The state average for English II was 51% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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53%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 77% in 2011.

182 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%
United States History

The state average for United States History was 82% in 2011.

173 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students24%
Female24%
Male23%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian18%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White22%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities15%
Non-disabled students25%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English24%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant24%
Academically giftedn/a

Biology

All Students40%
Female35%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian9%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities13%
Non-disabled students45%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English40%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%
Academically gifted-95%

English II

All Students53%
Female64%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian53%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities16%
Non-disabled students58%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
Academically gifted-95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 52%
American Indian 8% 1%
Hispanic 4% 14%
Asian 1% 3%
Black 1% 26%
Two or more races 1% 4%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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100 Great Smoky Mountain Expressway
Sylva, NC 28779
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