911 Andrews Road
Murphy, NC 28906


Cherokee County Public Schools mission is for every student to graduate from high school globally competitive for work and postsecondary education and be prepared for life in the 21st century.

Dear Students and Parents,

It is my pleasure to welcome you back to Cherokee County Schools and wish you Happy School Year!  We want to assure you that our educators are highly trained and qualified and bring so much more to the table than just a basic curriculum.  Our teachers and staff are dedicated professionals who believe that every student can and will learn.  We know that every student is important and has an inherent value that cannot be measured solely by the execution of a single standardized examination. 

Because the administration and CCS Board of Education believe that the arts and related areas are essential to the tapestry of a child, music will be once again available at all schools with the creation of a music program at Hiwassee Dam.  The creation of this program ensures that every student has the opportunity in Cherokee County to participate in music and explore the unique creativity that comes with youth.   Our teachers and staff know that students are not a number; each represents an opportunity to shape society and the world.  We accept this heavy responsibility and thank you for trusting us with the precious lives of our children to do so.

In 2015 Cherokee County Students garnered almost four million dollars in scholarships.  When leaving our system our students are recruited and accepted in the military forces, Ivy league colleges and universities such as Columbia, Harvard, and Yale; the best state universities including Wake Forest, Duke and Chapel Hill.  Just as important our students emerge ready for post high school careers and join the work force with meaningful and fulfilling roles.

Moving forward into the new year, our administrators have expressed deep concern for more than just the academic futures of our students.  It is our mission to provide a safe, intellectually stimulating environment for all students.  Everyone deserves to attend and work in a climate that is safe and inviting. True instances of bullying will not be tolerated. Will not be tolerated.  Will. Not. Be. Tolerated. 

We begin the year with many great blessings.  Already an army of volunteers  from church memberships have been busy collecting school supplies to ease the financial burden on our local families and the teachers who so often buy these supplies from their own pockets.  While our county can never be considered wealthy in terms of dollars, we have a never ending resource in love, support, and commitment that is priceless.  It is our job to translate these efforts into learning and love for our students and we heartily and lovingly accept the challenge. 

Happy School Year!