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

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 information below is for NEW applicants for tuition satus or out-of-zone requests. Parents of CURRENT tuition students should follow the directions under the Returning Students tab to update their child’s information in Skyward Family Access.  Applications are always welcome! Applications are organized based on the Priority Order and based on the order in which they are received.

Apply online (Cyclone Connection) in the Spring

During the Priority Placement window (annually in the spring) and until school starts, parents apply online in the Cyclone Connection. A link will be available on this page to access the application, and parents are notified on or before the first half day of school of their child's acceptance. Once accepted, parents need to visit the school(s) with required documentation to enroll their student(s). 

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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.

Apply on paper once school has begun

Beginning 10 days after school has started in the fall, parents must go to Central Office (804 S. Watauga Ave. Elizabethton, TN) and complete a paper application. The Director of Schools must approve applications received 10 days or more after the school year has begun.

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

Board Policy 6.204