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Cyclone Connection

Cyclone Connection Update:

Cyclone Connection is the registration portal used for new out of zone and tuition applicants only.

As a result of recent legislative action, our open enrollment process will be delayed this year. Beginning on Monday, May 1st, 2023 at 8:00 am, Cyclone Connection will be available on the school system website ( for parents to make their requests.  Please continue to check the website and our social media outlets for additional information.


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. Reference Board Policy 6.204.

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. Click here to view the number if seats available for Elizabethton City Resident transfers.


Cyclone Connection (Online Tuition / Out-of-Zone Application)

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The Cyclone Connection serves as both the tuition application and the application for out-of-zone placement. The application will open on May 1, 2023 at 8 am. The link to the application will be posted online on THIS WEBPAGE and on ECS Facebook and Twitter. Applications will be organized based on the priority order and based on the order in which they are received. If you do not have Internet access, you are welcome to use a computer at the Central Office or at the Public Library. The Cyclone Connection application is easy to complete on any device. You do not need special documentation like a SS number or birth certificate to apply. 

Please note:

  • Applying in Cyclone Connection does not guarantee your child's placement.
    • EHS and TAD parents will be contacted in Spring by the Counseling Office to begin registration.
    • Final placements of elementary students will be announced on August 2023.
  • After the first ten days of the new school year, parents must submit a paper application at Central Office and will not be able to apply online.
  • Employees who want their children to enroll as new tuition students or who want to request out-of-zone placement must submit a paper application to their building principal. 

The Cyclone Connection is for NEW tuition students only. Parents of current/returning tuition students should follow the directions under Returning Students to update their child’s information in Skyward Family Access. 


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




Outside Carter County




Admission of Suspended or Expelled Students
The Board may deny admission of any student who has been expelled or suspended from another school system in Tennessee or another state even though the student has established residency in the system in which he/she seeks enrollment.


For additional information about student registration, please visit the Student Registration web page under the Parents tab.