The Clay County School Systemis located in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. It is a small, rural school system of approximately 1,250 students. There are three schools in the county located on a single campus. Hayesville Elementary is a K-4 school of approximately 450 students. Hayesville Middle School is a 5-8 school with approximately 400 students and Hayesville High School is a 9-12 school with approximately 400 students. All schools are accredited by the North Carolina State Board of Education and Hayesville High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.