Frequently Asked Questions



    I am interested in my homeschooled high school student taking some classes at Watauga High School.  What is my next step?

    You may contact Leigh Lyall (W.H.S. Counselor) for enrollment information and any preliminary questions you have regarding the process.  Her contact information is / 828-264-2407 (x 10248).


    What documentation is needed to enroll my child at W.H.S. if they are also going to continue being homeschooled?  

    Online enrollment form

    Copy of child’s birth certificate

    Immunization records

    Two proofs of residency in Watauga County (i.e., driver’s license, bill, etc.)

    Homeschool Verification Record


    Where can I find out what classes are available for my child?

    Leigh Lyall can email the Online Course Catalog to that includes all of the courses (with descriptions and prerequisites) offered at Watauga High School.   


    When in the school year can my child start taking classes at W.H.S.?

    Your child may start at the beginning of the fall semester (August) or at the beginning of the spring semester (January).   

    How many classes does my child have to take at W.H.S. each semester?  

    Your child has to take at least two classes (equaling two blocks) in a semester. One of the classes must be a seated class with a teacher at Watauga High School, and the other one can be a seated class, one through Caldwell Community College (if your child is a junior or senior) or one through North Carolina Virtual Public School (if there is funding in the NCVPS budget). 

    What periods of the day does my child have to come?

    The schedule can be flexible as long as it correlates with when the courses are available that your child plans to take.


    I want my homeschooled child to be able to play a sport at W.H.S.  What do they need to do in order to play a sport?

    Please see this page for more information.


    Does my child have to take any standardized tests if they take just a few classes at W.H.S.?

    Your child will be expected to take any standardized tests (Pre-ACT, ACT, EOC’s) that are required of any student in the same course or grade level.


    How many days can my child miss and still receive credit?

    In order to obtain credit in a class, a student may not have more than eight absences (excused or unexcused) in that course.  If a student is absent from a class more than 8 days, there is the potential the student will receive a grade of FF (Failure Due to Attendance) ~ but has a right to appeal to the Attendance Committee.  Three tardies or early dismissals from a class will constitute an absence, which will count as one of the eight allowed absences for that course.


    Do grades from homeschool classes transfer?  Do I need to provide a transcript?

    • If a student plans to graduate from his/her home school:  In order to promote a student to the next grade level in the system, a homeschool transcript needs to be provided to WHS at the end of each school year.   
    • If a student plans to graduate from WHS/WIA:  The homeschool classes will be evaluated for transfer credit, and a “P” (pass) will be given on their WHS transcript.
    • For credits earned through an accredited program (i.e., online, community college, etc.), the credits/grades will automatically be transcribed upon receipt of transcripts from the institution and the home-school.
    • For courses not required for graduation that are earned through a non-accredited school, the following must be submitted:
    • home-school transcript (with courses, grades, and credits)
    • description of course and topics  
    • evidence of work (hard copies or digital) 
    • log of activities and approximate time spent on course
    • For credits required for graduation that are earned through a non-accredited school/format, the following must be submitted:
    • home-school transcript (with courses, grades, and credits)
    • description of topics and curriculum covered  
    • evidence of work  (assignments and assessments)  
    • The student must also take an assessment (overseen at W.H.S.) and have a passing score of at least 60%.  The scheduling of assessments will be coordinated with Rachel Shepherd (Assistant Principal for Curriculum).


    What if my child wants to take an additional online class through a program not affiliated with Watauga to count on his/her WHS transcript?

    In order to receive credit for online courses taken (aside from Caldwell or North Carolina Virtual Public School), a homeschool has to be established.  A Homeschool Verification Record must be submitted and prior approval must be given.