Mission Statement

  • The mission of the Watauga County Schools' Extended Learning Centers is to promote the academic mission of Watauga County Schools while providing the working parents of our community a sanctuary of safety as well as intellectual, social, emotional, and physical well-being for their children.  It is the staff's intent to inspire each child to his or her highest potential while providing a fun and positive atmosphere.


  • Again this semester we will host ASU education students as interns with our program.  We expect to have six who will come every Monday and Wednesday, and another six who will come on Tuesday and Thursday.  They arrive at three and stay until five so you may not see them, but they are a huge help to us.  They play with the students and provide a lot of assistance during homework time.  Some of our students will have an intern assigned to help them with homework each day.  If you feel your child needs additional homework help, please let me know and we will see if we can arrange an intern to work with him or her regularly.

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  • We would like to welcome our new Group Leader, Matilda Gragg! 

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Activity Plans

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Hours of Operation

  • The Extended Learning Center after school program offers supervised educational, recreational, and enrichment activities 2:30-6:00 p.m. for Watauga County Schools students in grades K-5 at each elementary school.  We open at 12:00 on scheduled early release days, but do not operate on holidays, teacher work days, or when schools are closed or dismissed early due to inclement weather.  A holiday/work day/snow day program is available at Hardin Park for most of these situations.  Each after school site is licensed as a school-age child care program by the NC Division of Child Development.