The Watauga Innovation Academy is a Cooperative & Innovative High School (CIHS) housed on the Watauga High School campus but gives eligible students opportunities far beyond a traditional high school. The WIA has partnered with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCCTI) to bring you this rewarding dual credit program.


The WIA works cooperatively with CCCTI to allow students of any grade level the opportunity to earn community college credits while working towards a high school diploma. Students can earn early community college credits or work towards a community college certificate/diploma/associate transfer. Successful students can transfer their earned college credits for a further degree or begin work immediately for higher pay.


Personal Information and Commitment Statement

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The goal of the Watauga Innovation Academy admissions process is to select and admit a diverse and highly motivated group of students who have a genuine interest in the pursuit of this unique and rigorous program. Before completing the application, please review the information below. If you have any questions, please see your school counselor or a WIA Representative before completing this application.


Is the WIA the right place for you?

  • Watauga Innovation Academy is a three - four-year program and requires a commitment to the course sequence.
  • Students commit to completing a high school diploma and dual community college credits.
  • Students often work in teams on projects and presentations.
  • Learning is assessed through many different avenues as well as by standardized testing.
  • Students may participate in off-campus learning activities; in which participation would be required.
  • College classes for Watauga Innovation Academy students hold the same expectations, content, and levels of rigor as for traditional college students.

Commitment Statement: 

We understand and accept the above information as it may apply to myself/our son or daughter. We understand that the Watauga Innovation Academy requires a substantial commitment and that signing this document is an agreement of commitment to this college-credit earning program.


We understand that Watauga Innovation Academy students are subject to all applicable policies set forth by Watauga County Schools and Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute. WIA students are subject to the same registration policies as WHS students. While every effort is made to ensure that students make it into all the necessary courses, registration in all requested courses is not guaranteed.


CCC&TI Student Permission:

I hereby give permission to release all grades and educational information to the Watauga Innovation Academy and individuals listed on this application.


Student Transportation Release

I will be responsible for providing my own transportation for courses located on the college campus, if it is not provided by the public schools. I accept full responsibility for my action to and from the college and will not hold Caldwell Community College or the school system responsible for any accident, injury or damage occurring during transit.


I certify that the information on this application is correct. I agree to abide by the rules, policies, and regulations of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute during my enrollment at the college and in the Watauga Innovation Academy.

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(555) 555-5555
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Watauga High School & Innovation Academy is NOT requesting your social security number. CCCTI: Submission of your social security number is not mandatory. However, if you do not report your social security number, you will not be eligible to participate in or benefit from certain activities at the College. These activities include (1) federal financial aid and (2) reporting of qualified tuition and related expenses for personal income tax purposes. If you submit your social security number on this application, it will be used for certain record-keeping purposes specifically related to the activities listed above.
The Watauga County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, religion, or age in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Dr. Paul Holden, Student Services Director 175 Pioneer Trail  PO Box 1790  Boone, NC 28607  (828) 264-7190 For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed/gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

CCCTI: Accommodations are available for qualified students with disabilities. For further information, call 828-297-3811.

Students must meet course prerequisites as evidenced by satisfactory placement test scores, SAT/ACT scores or previous college coursework.

Student Questions

The following questions are for informational purposes only.

Current Education Goals (Purpose for Taking Community College Courses):
Student Current Employment Status:

Student Short Answer/Essay Questions

Please answer the following questions to the best of your ability. The WIA can only admit 100 students per grade level so your short answer/essay answers along with teacher and counselor recommendations will be taken into account for admission purposes.

Parent or Guardian Information

These questions are for informational purposes only. Please answer to the best of your ability.

Mother/Guardian #1 Highest Level of Education Achieved
Father/Guardian #2 Highest Level of Education Achieved

Parent or Guardian Question

These questions are for informational purposes only. Please answer to the best of your ability.

Counselor Reference

Please alert your counselor that you are applying for the WIA and that you would like their permission to include their email for a confidential online reference. After you submit this application, an online reference form will be sent to your grade level or school counselor for a Counselor Reference.

Student Name*
Please tell us the name of your school counselor.
Please look up your counselor's email address in your Gmail account and copy/paste to ensure accuracy. Example: lastnamefirstinitial@wataugaschools.org

Teacher Recommendation

Please alert your teacher that you are applying for the WIA and that you would like their permission to include their email for a confidential online recommendation. After you submit this application, an online recommendation form will be sent to the teachers listed here. These teachers should be as current as possible.

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Please look up your teacher's email address in your Gmail account and copy/paste to ensure accuracy. Example: lastnamefirstinitial@wataugaschools.org
FirstName LastName
Please look up your teacher's email address in your Gmail account and copy/paste to ensure accuracy. Example: lastnamefirstinitial@wataugaschools.org
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