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 The faculty and staff would like to welcome you to Watauga Elementary School. We hope your time spent in our school will be enjoyable. We are truly fortunate to have such a fine staff of professionals to work with your children. Each member of our staff brings to his/her job highly trained skills and a vital concern for your child’s education.

    Education becomes a daily study of life, with meaningful experience to enable each child to understand the society in which he/she lives. With your assistance as parents, we will strive to help your children acquire the skills needed to meet the challenges of the world around them.

    The following information has been collected to assist students and parents with Watauga Elementary School policies and procedures. Please read through the information carefully.  Specific classroom information may be obtained from your child’s homeroom teacher. The Robertson County Board of Education policies upon which this handbook was based can be found in the county student handbook or at

    If we can be of service, please call us at 859-5252. Office hours are from 6:55-2:45. We will be happy to assist you

Watauga History

    Watauga Elementary was constructed in 1951 at the intersection of Highway 41 and Lake Road. Watauga was a consolidation of Oak Grove, Kelly-Willis, Bethel, Ridgetop, and Spring Hill Schools.  The name “Watauga” was chosen to honor the first settlement of pioneers at Watauga in East Tennessee, the Watauga Indians, and the Watauga Sanitarium of Ridgetop.
    The first Watauga Elementary classes, grades one through eight, were held in December 1951. Mr. J.B. Whitman was the first principal, and Mrs. Bettie Allison, Mrs. Lizzie Belle Mayes, Mrs. H.M. Harris, Mrs. L.T. Robertson, and Miss Mary Ruth Mason were the first teachers.
    Watauga changed to a kindergarten through sixth grade facility when seventh and eighth graders went to Greenbrier Middle School. In 1982, the sixth grade was also moved to Greenbrier Middle School. An addition was completed in 1971, and another section added in 1992. The school currently houses 26 regular classrooms, 2 portables, a media center, cafeteria, computer lab, gymnasium, guidance center, and 3 special education classrooms.

School Session

7:10 AM - 2:10 PM
School Doors Open
6:40 AM
Expected Bus Arrival
6:40 AM
Expected Bus Departure
2:15 PM
Early Dismissal times
Half Day Dismissal (3.5 hours after start time)
10:40 AM
Early Dismissal (2 hours early)
12:10 PM