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School leader Jacob Buchanan
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District Jackson County Schools

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100 Great Smoky Mountain Expressway
Sylva, NC 28779

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3 stars
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May 11, 2014
Wouldn't have wanted to spend the last 4 years anywhere else. Smoky Mountain is a great school, filled with more school spirit than any school I have ever seen. We are well known for having the best basketball "student-section" in Western North Carolina, if not the whole state. Academically, I wouldn't say it is top-notch, but it is what you make it. If you work diligently and take initiative to make a way for yourself, you will be well prepared. But there is a lot of leeway to slack for those who don't choose to do so. My 1 complaint is that the guidance office is more or less useless in the college-prep department. I felt like I was all by myself throughout my process, swamped with applications and ill-informed about scholarship opportunities. But overall, I have had an amazing experience here at SMHS! The sense of community is impeccable and the environment is safe and welcoming. Great stepping stone!

- submitted by a student
January 14, 2012
Excellent teachers. Great school. I really enjoyed being at SMHS. It was a great experience and I won't forget it.

- submitted by a community member
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
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.

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August 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
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
March 24, 2009
I think Smoky Mountain has the potential to be an outstanding high school given some much needed parental and community support.

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January 10, 2009
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January 03, 2009
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December 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
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
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
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.

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September 18, 2008
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no rating April 09, 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.

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February 04, 2008
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December 13, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
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
April 08, 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
March 01, 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
March 01, 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
January 03, 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
November 01, 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
October 05, 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
August 31, 2006
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- submitted by a student
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
July 02, 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
June 02, 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.

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May 17, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 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
April 12, 2006
This school rates below zero in all categories, from academics to physical condition. The lack of an effective advanced placement program, an academic trend tending only to develop student skills toward end of school testing, and more, this school needs serious reform. The school board and the community are equally to blame. Private schooling or home schooling are the only viable options at present.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
I feel that SMHS is a huge source of frustration for both students and parents. There are some very good teachers who have the students' best interest in mind. Thank you. Unfortunately, there are other teachers who have their own interests in mind and are very immature in their dealings and in modeling good adult behaviour. Poor teacher behaviour cannot be touched! Those in administration seem to feed off fear and are aloof to parent and student frustrations. Their indifference astounds me. Parents aren't valued. Poor management from the top is felt all the way to the bottom. Morale is low amongst the teachers. The school grounds; inside and out, are filthy. If I had a better option for my children, I'd jump on it.

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January 27, 2006
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- submitted by a student
December 20, 2005
I attend smoky mountain high and I am overall satisfied with the teaching staff however the administration, in particular the principal, has a poor relationship with the students. He runs the school more like a corporation with buisness in mind rather than higher level education for me and my fellow students.

- submitted by a student
November 05, 2005
As a parent of a Senior at Smoky Mountain, I can say I believe my child received a 6 in education on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being excellent. I agree with other reviewers regarding the principal. There are arts and sports at Smoky and some of the teams are very good. You need to check into what your child is interested. Definitely go for the higher level classes and steer clear of administration.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2005
I am a student at this school and I thorougly love some of the teachers and my fellow students. However- the Principals are a totally different story... they are so rude and have absolutely no cares about what other people might think or care about situations. They are hateful and they are more or less making this place worse day by day. If you are looking at attending this school then do but stay out of the path of the Principals. You will love everything about this place other then them! Thanks.

- submitted by a student
August 29, 2005
I think Smoky Mountain was a great school for me to attend it has great teacher student relationship and a great learning atmosphere. The mens soccer program is ran very well by Coach Brown along with womens soccer. The Principal has a horrible relationship with the students, he walks the halls and doesnt say hey or know most of the students names. But the other office staff is wonderful Mrs. Brooks, Mrs. Buchanan, Officer Webb they all have a great spot in the school.

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August 20, 2005
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Smoky Mountain High
100 Great Smoky Mountain Expressway, Sylva, NC  28779
(828) 586-2177
Last modified Smoky Mountain High is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Smoky Mountain High Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 43 reviews.