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Jackson County School Pre-K registration opens

SYLVA, NC – Jackson County Public Schools will begin accepting preschool applications for the 2023-24 school year on Thursday, March 9. The cost is $600 per month or $500 per month for JCPS employees.

Children who will be four years old by August 31, 2023 are prioritized for most programs. Children who will be three years old by August 31, 2023 are eligible to apply at Blue Ridge School and Smokey Mountain Elementary School.

An appointment is required to apply for a preschool program. Parents or guardians should contact the school they would like their child to attend prior to March 9 and schedule a time for a developmental screening. Programs are available at the following schools:

• Blue Ridge School
• Cullowhee Valley School
• Fairview School
• Scotts Creek School
• Smokey Mtn. Elementary

Parents or guardians should bring proof of birth date to the developmental screening for each child who is applying to attend a preschool program. Financial support may also be available. Parents or guardians who would like to apply for financial assistance must provide proof of income by March 9, and the child for whom they are applying must turn four years old by August 31, 2023.

For more information about preschool applications, please visit For questions about the district preschool program that are not related to scheduling screenings, please call Laura Dills at (828) 586-2311 ext. 1950 or email or call Kelli Bumgarner at (828) 586-2311 ext. 1939 or email


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