The Watauga County Schools system serves approximately 4,625 students in nine schools. There are eight combined elementary/middle schools for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students and one high school for grades nine through twelve. Thanks to the combination of involved parents, high quality teachers and school administrators, and a supportive community, our schools consistently rank among the best in the state on most measures of student performance. A new high school to replace the current high school is now under construction and will open for students in August, 2010. A web log tracking the progress of construction is available by clicking here.