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The Catamount School is a 6-8 public school located on the campus of Smoky Mountain High School and operated by Western Carolina University. 

Dr. Tammy Barron serves as our EC Coordinator and can be reached at

Information on EC services for North Carolina students is available at

The Catamount School participates in state required assessments for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. All students will take the appropriate End of Grade (EOG) exam and, if enrolled, the Math 1 End of Course (EOC) exam. Angela Lunsford serves as the Test Coordinator and can be reached at
Testing and Assessment Policy

The Catamount School is a public school open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Jackson County residents who meet certain criteria as explained in our admission policy. The Catamount School will begin enrollment for the upcoming school year in March.
Admissions Policy

Following state legislation, the Catamount School has an Advisory Board made up of the Dean of the College of Education of Allied Professions (CEAP), the Jackson County Public Schools Superintendent, and others. The duties of the Advisory Board are as follows:

  • Monitor the operations of the laboratory school and the distribution of moneys allocated for such operations.
  • Recommend to the Chancellor necessary policy, program, and administration modifications.
  • Evaluate biennially the performance of the principal and recommend corresponding action to the Chancellor.
  • Annually review evaluations of the laboratory school's operation and research findings.

Advisory Board Membership

For further information on the Advisory Board, please contact the office of the Dean of CEAP at 828.227.3303

Job Postings for the Catamount School and WCU can be found here.

Counselors are available for Catamount School students. Counseling services are coordinated through Dr. Lisen Roberts. She can be reached at

Homeless Liaison contact is Angela Lunsford. She can be reached at

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for Families

The Catamount School welcomes volunteers. Parents and community members wishing to volunteer should reach out to Ms. Elders at
Volunteer Agreement and Code of Conduct

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