• We are so excited to announce that we are finally moving to Plan A!! 

    The After School Program will begin operating 4 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) for all students in March. The transition schedule is as follows: 

    • K thru 2nd Grade may begin attending the program 4 days a week starting the week of March 8th. 
    • 3rd thru 5th Grade may begin attending the program 4 days a week starting the week of March 22nd. 
    • Middle School students will remain on Plan B. 


    At this time we are suspending registration for the program due to the change in school schedule from Plan B to Plan A. Due to current staffing there may be waiting lists at some sites when registration does open. 


    When registration reopens, students may only be registered to attend 2 days a week or 4 days a week. You may view the fees for these option by clicking on the link below: 

    Plan A Fee Schedule

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  • 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.

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.  

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