Junaluska Elementary School is located between Waynesville and picturesque Lake Junaluska in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Haywood County. Haywood County is the eastern gateway to the Smoky Mountain National Park. Approximately 440 students attend our school in grades K-5 and each child’s needs are met through a variety of child-centered programs.



Providing a positive, nurturing, student-centered environment where every student will become a lifelong learner, a successful community member, and a prepared citizen of the 21st century.



In order to ensure the success of our vision, our staff, through collaborative means will…


  • Provide social and emotional support to students and families.
  • Know and teach what children are expected to learn.
  • Provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning.
  • Respond with appropriate interventions when students do not master the learning.
  • Challenge students when they do master the learning.


Click here for our JES School Improvement Plan 2022-2024.  (Updated August, 2022)

School Improvement Team Members



Alex Masciarelli–Principal
Hayley Prince–Lead Teacher
Joy Sollie
Kristie Easler
Jenna Jones
Emily Fleenor
Brooke Nickol
Crista Butler
Taylor Willoughby
Gray Sobczyk
Alda Chambers

School Mascot: Eagles
School Colors: Red, White & Blue

The Junaluska Way
Be Prepared, Be Responsible, Be Safe, Be A Learner


Contact Us

  • Junaluska Elementary
  • Alex Masciarelli, Principal
  • 2238 Asheville Rd. Waynesville, NC 28786
  • 828.456.2407
  • 828.456.2446