New Tuition & Out-of-Zone (K-12)

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Tuition students are those whose parents or guardians do not live within Elizabethton city limits, but who wish to attend Elizabethton City Schools as tuition-paying students.

Out-of-Zone placement requests may be made by parents for students who are zoned for an Elizabethton elementary school but wish to attend a different Elizabethton elementary school. 

The Cyclone Connection serves as both the tuition application and the application for out-of-zone placement. It replaces the lottery drawing of previous years. Applications will be accepted during an enrollment window beginning at 8 a.m. on April 20 and ending at 7 p.m. on May 5. Parents who apply during this enrollment window will receive priority placement over those who apply after May 5. Applications will be organized based on the Priority Order (see below) and based on the order in which they are received. The link for the application will be posted here as well as on our Facebook page Elizabethton City Schools. If you do not have Internet access, you are welcome to use a computer at Central Office or at the Public Library. 


Based on current 2017 enrollment, there is space for 75 new tuition students at Elizabethton High School and 40 at T.A. Dugger Junior High for the 2017-18 school year. 

Applicants will be notified in mid-May with their child's place in line. Parents will be notified of their child's official acceptance by Aug. 11. At this time, they will need to visit the school with required documentation to enroll their student(s). Parents are welcome to apply after the enrollment window, but they may not be notified in May of their child's place in line if they apply after May 5. 

The Cyclone Connection is for NEW tuition students only. Parents of current tuition students should follow the directions under the Returning Students tab to update their child’s information in Skyward beginning on July 27, 2017.

The Cyclone Connection tuition application is easy to complete on any device and will require the following: your student's full-name; grade level for 2017-18; preferred elementary school if applicable, parents' names, email addresses, physical addresses, and phone numbers; whether the child has a sibling enrolled in ECS; and name and address of the school attended in the 2016-17 school year.


Priority  Order

1.) In-Zone students
2.) Employee Out-of-Zone Students
3.) Employee Tuition Waiver Students
4.) Returning Out-of-Zone Students
5.) Siblings of Returning Out-of-Zone Students
6.) New Out-of-Zone Students
7.) Returning Tuition Students
8.) Siblings of Returning Tuition Students
9.) New Tuition Students (in the order received during enrollment window) 


Tuition Fees

Tuition may be paid either in one lump sum, or at the beginning of each semester. The annual tuition fee schedule is below. The family cap is $2,200 annually.

Home Address (Grades K-5) (Grades 6-8) (Grades 9-12)
Carter County $800 $400 $300
Outside Carter C. $1,600 $1,600 $1,600


Additional Resources 

A Decade of Growth

Letter to Parents of Current Tuition Students 2017

Board Policy 6.204