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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. It is for NEW tuition students and out-of-zone requests 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 31, 2017.

 Applications are always welcome! Applications will be organized based on the Priority Order (see below) and based on the order in which they are received. Click here to access the 2017 Cyclone Connection application for new tuition and out-of-zone requests. Parents will be notified of their child's official acceptance by Aug. 11. At this time, they need to visit the school(s) with required documentation to enroll their student(s). 

The Cyclone Connection 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, at the beginning of each semester or monthly (online only). Payment may be made at the school bookkeeper's office or online. Click here to learn more about online payment or to pay online. The annual tuition fee schedule is below. The family cap is $2,200 annually for both Carter County and out-of-county students.

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

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