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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Watauga High School is a highly rated, public school located in Boone, NC. It has 1,141 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 57% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% in reading.

Watauga High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
67%
Percent Proficient - Math
57%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1220
189 responses
Average ACT
27
123 responses
AP Enrollment
17%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$51,250
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$912
National
$949
Median Home Value
$169,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 77 responses
  • Mr. WHS: pageant show to raise money for families
    18%
  • Attending the Empty Bowls hunger fundraiser.
    16%
  • The annual Art show and musicals
    13%
  • Spirit Week
    12%
  • Football Games
    10%
  • People wearing costumes
    8%
  • Senior skip day
    6%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,141
Free or Reduced Lunch
22%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.28 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.28 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.28 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$44,660
Teachers in First/Second Year
6%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.34 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,998/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
34%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses
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Watauga High School Reviews

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Watauga High School (WHS) is a wonderful high school. WHS boasts more than 40 clubs and the application for students to begin their own clubs is extremely easy. WHS also has phenomenal athletics and a wonderful arts program. Theatre, chorus, and band students have multiple opportunities to showcase their talent, like a spring musical and concerts spread throughout the year. WHS also has several AP classes, including a few uncommon ones like AP Music Theory and AP Computer Science. There's really something for everyone! The support staff, like guidance counselors and social workers, truly care about every student. I've personally seen my counselors once every week for the past school year and it's a wonderful stress reliever. The school has few problems with drugs and disobedience according to my knowledge and its quite diverse as well. I highly recommend Watauga High School to all parents in or moving to Watauga Country.
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My experience here at the high school was filled with many opportunities and great experiences. The teachers are really kind and helpful and reach out to students who ask for help. All the staff are super kind and care about each and everyone of their students. They want us to succeed! As of things that should change at the school is the amount work a student is required to do. I know many students who are less fortunate than others having jobs and taking care of their families. They have little time to do school work especially for AP classes and they are strict about work. If teachers were a little more flexible to those students that would make the school a lot more enjoyable for most students
I love this school very much! The teachers, staff, and education taught is fantastic. It’s been hard during COVID-19 because of virtual learning, but I still had a great time learning material.