The Catamount School

Operated by Western Carolina University in partnership with Jackson County Schools, The Catamount School is a lab school for 6th, 7th and 8th graders designed to explore innovative teaching approaches and applied learning opportunities in order to help every student discover his or her full academic potential. The Catamount School is located on the campus of Smoky Mountain High School.

About Our School

Approach to Teaching


We provide instruction that is personalized to the needs of each student, and we emphasize the development of critical reasoning skills through problem solving in class.

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Enrichment Opportunities


Through campus resources at Western Carolina, we provide physical and cultural enrichment to encourage students to learn more about themselves and others and discover talents.

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Admission Guidelines


We serve students residing in Jackson County, NC, with a particular focus on students who may not be reaching their full academic potential in the traditional classroom.

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