School Details

Swain County High School

1415 Fontana Road, Bryson City, NC 28713
(828) 488-2152

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 572 students 10 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade


End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English I, 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Swain County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Swain County High School is a public high school in Bryson City. The principal of Swain County High School is Mr Mark Sale and can be contacted at 572 students go to Swain County High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Native American or Native Alaskan; and Multiracial. 60% of the 572 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Swain County High School is 10:1. Cherokee High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 66% 67%
Native American or Native Alaskan 30% 24%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Hispanic 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 29% 24%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.7%
Black, non-Hispanic 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.05%
Asian 0% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60% 65%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    This is a fantastic school. The overall rating does not reflect the actual school teachers students and their camaraderie.

  • (5 years ago)

    Swain High School has a strong focus on SPORTS. Award winning football team. (several years) Award winning volleyball team '08.

  • (6 years ago)

    Having only attended Swain COunty High I am a little biased to this school's value. However I do know that I would wish to go to no other school. Swain High has superb educational oppurtunities including many Honors AP and College courses. Alongside the eucation the oppurtunities outside of school are many. Swain High has an Air Force JROTC progam a outstanding music progam with a select Vocal Ensemble and a Perennial award winner in the Band program and highly rated sports team including a football team that has won seven state championships a softball team that was the state runner up in 2008 a track program which has won multiple confrence and regional championships and many other programs that have performed greatly in years past. The teachers at the school are also superior to any others. THe teachers genuinally care for their students and are great at their jobs.

  • (6 years ago)

    Coming from a larger school in Florida this school is the best! The teachers are extremely nice and going to school is just actually fun. From sports AFJROTC and band..this school as it all. Its amazing to think of how lucky I am to live in Swain County.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have attended 4 different high schools one of which was Swain High School. I think this is by far the best school I have been to. The teachers are great at what they do and the principle is highly involved. The arts and sports programs are also one of the best I've see around. I'd definatly recommend this school to anyone thinking about attending.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think that this school is outstandings. It offers many after school programs and offers students plenty of help with their school work. It has many great programs such as New Century Schoolars Gear Up and Project Extreme. Faculty members really try to interact and work with students so they can reach their full potential. The motto at Swain High is 'Are Best and Then Some' and thats exactly what they do. I Highly recomend this high school to all parents.

  • (8 years ago)

    Academics are enhanced by great remedial school programs such as Gear Up and also New Century Scholars.Many caring and capaable teachers are on a staff lead by a careing/professional Princioal who work tirelessley to improve the schools academic growth. The arts and atheletic programs involve a high percent of the students.

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