• Valle Crucis Public Meeting Information

    Slides and information from the Sept. 3 joint meeting of the Watauga County Board of Education and Watauga County Commissioners may be accessed here. Please contact Communications Director Garrett Price with questions at or by calling (828) 264-7190.

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  • Watauga County Board of Education Special Meeting

    The Watauga County Board of Education will hold a joint meeting with the Watauga County Board of Commissioners at 6 p.m. on Sept. 3 in the gymnasium of Valle Crucis School to provide information on the proposed construction of a new Valle Crucis School and to hear public comment. The Board of Education will not conduct any other business during the meeting.

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  • Special Called Board of Education Meeting

    The Watauga County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Margaret Gragg Education Center at 175 Pioneer Trail in Boone. 

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  • Online Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

    Watauga County Schools will offer free and reduced lunch applications online for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications may be submitted at Physical applications will be available at each school office. For more information, call Monica Bolick at (828) 263-1718.

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  • Watauga County Board of Education July Meeting

    The Watauga County Board of Education will hold its July meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 8. The meeting will be held in Watauga High School media center located at 300 Go Pioneers Drive in Boone.

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  • Watauga County Schools Adopts Summer Office Hours

    Watauga County Schools will adopt the system’s summer schedule on Monday, June 17. All Watauga County Schools offices will be open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

    The four-day week will apply in all school and district offices, including the Margaret Gragg Education Center at the Watauga County Board of Education.

    Parents are encouraged to call the school office or check the school’s hours as posted on the school website if they plan to visit a school between June 17 and July 29.

    Thursday, July 4 will be a holiday for all offices.

    Normal operating hours will resume on Monday, Aug. 5.

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  • Watauga County Schools to host Summer Feeding Program

    Over the summer, Watauga County Schools will participate in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

    Meals will be available at Hardin Park School, located at 361 Jefferson Road in Boone. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Lunch will be served from 11:30 to 1 p.m.

    For more information contact WCS Director of Child Nutrition Monica Bolick at 828-263-1718.

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  • Watauga County Board of Education June Meeting

    The Watauga County Board of Education will hold its June meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 10. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of Watauga High School.

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  • Watauga County Board of Education May Meeting

    The Watauga County Board of Education will hold its May meeting on Monday, May 6 at 5 p.m. Open session will begin at 6 p.m.

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  • WCS Kindergarten Orientation Dates

    Watauga County Schools is set to host Kindergarten Orientation for next school year starting in April. You can get more information and view each school's orientation dates by clicking here.

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  • WHS to host Parent Night Open House

    WHS is set to hold it's annual parent night open house Jan. 15 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. for Blowing Rock, Hardin Park, and Valle Crucis students; and 
    Jan. 29th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. for Bethel, Cove Creek, Green Valley, Mabel, Parkway, and Two Rivers students. Grace Academy and home school students may attend either night.

    Students and parents will get general information about Watauga High School and have the opportunity to explore the school and talk to teachers about specific classes/programs. 

    For more information contact Watauga High School at (828) 264-2407.

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  • December Board of Education meeting rescheduled

    Due to additional snowfall and the condition of the roads, the Board of Education meeting scheduled for this evening will be postponed until Thursday, December 13 at 6 p.m.

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  • Watauga County Board of Education November Meeting

    The Watauga County Board of Education will hold its November meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Gragg Education Center, 175 Pioneer Trail, Boone.

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  • Festival of Trees to benefit Western Youth Network

    Western Youth Network is set to host its annual Festival of Trees Nov. 29 from 7-9 p.m., Nov. 30 from Noon-8 p.m. and Dec. 1 from 10-8 p.m. and Dec. 2 from 10-2 p.m. Funds raised will go to support the work of WYN in the High Country. More information is available at 

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  • Holiday Market and Craft Show coming to WHS

    Watauga High School will host a Holiday Market and Craft Show Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the WHS FFA Chapter and SKILLS teams.

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  • WHS to host Boone Film Fest Youth Night

    Watauga High School will host Boone Film Festival Youth Night at 6 p.m. on November 1 at the William Ross Auditorium at WHS. The event will screen films created by youth film makers. Tickets are $3 for students, $5 for adults. 



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  • WHS to host Veterans Appreciation Night

    Watauga High School is planning to host its second-annual Veterans Appreciation Night Nov. 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the school's auditorium. The event will feature performances from the marching band, chorus, JROTC and others. This event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

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  • WHS holding 'Senior Family Night'

    Watauga High School is hosting a Senior Family Night on Thursday, October 18th, from 5:30-7:30. Seniors who are considering any form of post-secondary education and their parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend. Members of the student services department will be here to help you secure financial aid, fill out applications, and answer any questions. Representatives from Appalachian State, Caldwell Community College, and State Employees’ Credit Union will also be in attendance.

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  • WHS to Host GEARing up for Senior Year

    Watauga GEAR UP will host “GEARing Up for Senior Year” Parent/Family Night on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 from 5:30 to 6:30pm in the WHS Media Center. We encourage all WHS and WIA Juniors and their parents or guardians to attend. We are partnering with UNC-Asheville to provide students and their families accurate information about applying to and paying for post-secondary education. It is vital that families begin preparing now!  We hope to see you all on Tuesday, October 9th!

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  • Canvas/PowerSchool Issues

    Watauga County Schools is currently experiencing problems sharing information between PowerSchool, our student information system, and Canvas, our learning management system. Some students may not be able to access courses through Canvas or view grades in PowerSchool. We are working with these vendors and the Department of Public Instruction to resolve these issues as soon as possible, and we will notify you as soon as all services have been restored to normal.

    This problem is also impacting the accuracy of what parents see through the Canvas Parent mobile app, so we recommend not using the app at this time. We will update all parents when the app is ready for use. In the meantime, if you have questions or would like updates about what's happening in your child's courses, please contact teachers by email or phone. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience

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  • Freshman Orientation dates set for 2018-19

    Watauga High School has announced dates for Freshman Orientation for the 2018-19 school year. More information is available here.

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  • Board of Education to hold May meeting at WHS

    The Watauga County Board of Education will hold its May meeting on Monday, May 21 in the Watauga High School auditorium. Closed session will begin at 5:30 p.m., open session at 6 p.m.

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  • Board of Education Finance Committee Meeting

    The Watauga County Board of Education will meet with members of the Board's Finance Committee at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 26 at the Margaret Gragg Education Center in Boone.

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  • Board of Education Meeting Postponed

    The Board of Education meeting scheduled for this evening has been postponed. The board will meet this Thursday, March 15 at 6 PM.

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  • Kindergarten Orientation Dates

    Kindergarten orientation is just around the corner. More info and dates are available here. You may also visit our Welcome to Kindergarten Page for more information.

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  • Winterfest/Welcome Watauga Dates

    Due to scheduling changes and inclement weather, Watauga High School's rising freshman/parent info event, Winterfest/Welcome Watauga will be held on the following dates:

    Tuesday, Feb. 13th: Bethel, Blowing Rock, Cove Creek and Hardin Park 

    Tuesday, Feb. 20th: Green Valley, Mabel, Parkway, Valle Crucis, Two Rivers, Grace Academy

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  • School Health Advisory Council to hold public meeting

    The School Health Advisory Council will hold a public meeting at Hardin Park School, 361 Jefferson Road, Boone, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 29. For more information contact WCS Director of Student Services Dr. Paul Holden at

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  • WCS Partners with Watauga County Public Library

    Watauga County Schools and the Watauga County Public Library are partnering to support students’ ongoing education. We share the belief that a love of books and learning is a strong foundation for student success and we are working together to provide every Watauga County student access to books and resources found at their public library. WCS students will be able to check out material at the public library with their student ID number starting Oct. 1.

    For more information, or for an opt-out form, click here.

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  • K-8 school day extended 15 minutes Aug. 21

    Watauga County K-8 schools will extend the school day by 15 minutes Aug. 21 to allow for parents and students to view the upcoming solar eclipse. K-8 Schools will dismiss at 2:45 p.m. Parents are invited to join students at each school to view the eclipse. If you’d like to bring your own viewing glasses, please do so. Some glasses will also be provided at each school.

    If you have questions regarding the specific eclipse plan at your school, please contact the principal for more information.

    Watauga High School will dismiss at the regular time.

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  • Orientation Sessions Scheduled for WHS Students

    Orientation sessions will be held Monday, Aug. 14 at Watauga High School. Click here for more information.

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  • Board of Education Special Meeting

    The Watauga County Board of Education will hold a special meeting Monday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at the Margaret Gragg Education Center. This meeting is open to the public.

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  • Parent-pay Pre-K spots available

    For the 2017-18 school year, Watauga County Schools will have spaces for children in the PreK Program for parents to pay $600 per month. The limited spaces are available at  the following schools:  Hardin Park, Green Valley, Cove Creek and Valle Crucis.

    Interested parents/guardians will need to apply for a space by calling Renee Battle of WCS at (828) 264-7190.

    An application form is availble by clicking here.

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  • WCS set to adopt Chromebooks with start of 17-18 school year

    Starting with the 2017-18 school year, Watauga County School’s 1:1 student laptop devices will change from Windows-based machines to Chromebooks. Because of the change, we will no longer provide backpacks to students issued with a laptop, but a protective sleeve. For more information, please see the Student/Parent Mobile Computing Handbook.

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  • Career opportunities in Watauga County Schools

    Interested in a career in WCS? There are several openings available. Check out for more information.


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  • WCS seeks input in Bethel principal search

    Watauga County Schools is seeking the Bethel community’s input as we search for the next principal of Bethel School. The process includes a survey open to all staff, parents and students. WCS will hold three public input sessions at the school open to anyone who would like to attend on: Tuesday, June 27 at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 29 at 9 a.m. and Tuesday, June 27 at 6 p.m.

    The survey is available here.

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  • WCS offices adopt summer hours

    Watauga County Schools will adopt a summer work week of four 10-hour days -- Monday through Thursday -- effective with the work week of June 5-9 and continuing through the week of August 7-11. 

    The four-day week will apply in all school offices, including the central office at the Board of Education. School and office hours will be 7:30-4:30.


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  • Board of Education seeks citizen to fill vacancy

    The Watauga County Board of Education is seeking a citizen to fill a vacancy on the board. The person appointed to this vacancy will serve through the next regular election for Board seats in November, 2018. Click here for more info.

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  • Shooting Stars

    Shooting Stars will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on the Campus of Appalachian State University. Click here for more information.

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  • School Bus Driver Training Offered

    A school bus driver training class will be offered in Watauga County May 17-19 at the Agricultural Conference Center in Boone. For more information click here. 

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  • WHS Graduation Dates

    Gradudation is fast approaching for the Watauga High School Class of 2017. Click here for information on important dates.

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  • March meeting of the Watauga County Board of Education rescheduled

    The March meeting of the Watauga County Board of Education has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 23. The meeting will be held in the usual location at the Margaret Gragg Education Center on US 194.

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  • Watauga County Schools seeks facilities assessment

    Watauga County Schools intends to contract with one consulting firm to provide professional services for a comprehensive assessment of facilities. Please click here for more information.

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  • Watauga County asks for public help in broadband survey

    In an effort to determine what level of broadband internet access is available in Watauga County, the Watauga County Board of Commissioners asks that citizens take a survey available here to give input on broadband availabillity in their area. 

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  • Parent Information for Kindergarten Orientation

    Are you the parent of a child ready to start Kindergarten? Click here for information regarding Kindergarten Orientation. Haga clic aquí para español.

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  • Training Offered for Parents of Exceptional Children

    A special training will be offered October 18 for parents of children with disabilities. Please click here for the details. 

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  • Office Hours

    Office hours at the Margaret Gragg Education Center (175 Pioneer Trail) are 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

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  • Public Meetings Schedule

    Please click here to see the scheduled public meetings for the Watauga County Schools. This list will be updated periodically during the year. 

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