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A Great Place to Learn

A Great Place to Learn

The strength of the schools in the Johnson City and Washington County area is one of the many reasons why these school systems receive high grades for providing a good education. Both school systems rank competitively in terms of graduation rates, advanced level classes, college preparation, and workforce preparation programs. The Washington County and Johnson City school systems are some of the best in the state, with students continuously receiving exemplary marks and grades during both state and federal testing.

There are many educational opportunities for all, including public and private school options as well as advanced education institutions.

Johnson City Schools

Students who live within the city limits of Johnson City attend one of the 11 schools in the Johnson City Schools system. There are almost 8,000 students enrolled and the system employs more than 800 certified teachers, classified employees, and administrators. In 2015, The State Collaborative on Reforming Education named the Jonson City school district as one of the top three school districts in the state. Johnson City Schools consistently score above state and national ACT and SAT scores, and our TCAP academic performance exceeds state and national averages in every discipline and grade level tested. Proof of its continued dedication to students and families is apparent by all those involved in the local school system.

Science Hill High School, the city’s high school, is comprised of the 10th through 12th-grade campus, a ninth grade academy, the Henry Johnson Alternative Learning Center and the Vocation/Technical Center. In addition to its outstanding academic record, Science Hill High School is also noted for its award-winning band program. The Science Hill High School Topper Band is one of the largest band programs in the region and has won hundreds of awards over its 70-year history.

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Washington County Schools

Students who live outside of the Johnson City limits attend Washington County schools that educate over 9,000 students with more than 500 teachers. There are 16 total county schools including two high schools, Daniel Boone and David Crockett.

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University School

In addition to Johnson City and Washington County schools, the city houses the University School, an innovative kindergarten through 12th-grade laboratory school that helps the College of Education at ETSU prepare professional education majors. The school is known for its learning environment that nurtures the academic, social, and emotional growth of its students. In order to provide the best education possible, and foster the most conducive environment for learning, the University School implements a year-round calendar for all of its students.

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Private Schools

Private schools include Providence Academy, a faith-based and classical education school for kindergarten through 12th grade; St. Mary’s School, a Catholic Christian school serving pre-kindergarten through 8th grade; and Ashley Academy, a challenging and educational school for bright and gifted children in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.

Higher Learning

The Johnson City / Washington County region is home to several well-respected institutions of higher education: East Tennessee State University, Milligan College, Northeast State Community College, Tusculum College in neighboring Greeneville, and King University in nearby Bristol all offer varying degree programs designed to fit the needs of a wide variety of scholars.

East Tennessee State University

Founded in 1911, East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is situated on 350 acres in Johnson City with campuses in Kingsport, Elizabethton, and Sevierville. With 14,300 students, the university offers over 100 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees as well as numerous graduate medical education and continuing education opportunities.

Students may choose a career in the arts and sciences, business, and technology, education, or health sciences and services. Academic programs at the University are housed within 11 colleges and schools, which include the Honors College, the Quillen College of Medicine and the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy.

Unique programs at ETSU include the world’s only master’s degree in storytelling and reading, a four-year degree program in bluegrass and country music and a doctoral program in coach education. Within the Scott M. Niswonger Digital Media Center, the Advanced Visualization Lab is recognized around the globe as a leader in animation graphics. The university is also home to an official U.S. Olympic Training Site where elite athletes train every year.

The Quillen College of Medicine has been consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top schools in the country for rural medicine education. The medical school oversees Quillen ETSU Physicians, a large multispecialty medical group, and the College of Nursing is home to an extensive network of nurse-managed clinics in the region.

The Buccaneer football team will play on the ETSU campus in fall 2017 in the newly constructed football stadium. Other major construction and renovation projects at ETSU include a $43 million fine arts classroom building, the renovation of Lamb Hall and the D.P. Culp University Center, the creation of an inter-professional health sciences simulation training center and the building of a new health center for the homeless.

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Milligan College

Located just minutes from Johnson City, Milligan College’s picturesque 235-acre campus is one of the oldest educational institutions in our region and is consistently recognized for quality and value by national rankings. As a leader in Christian education, Milligan is committed to preparing men and women to be servant leaders throughout its curriculum and student life activities so students are prepared intellectually and spiritually to make a difference in the lives of others. With over 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, the college also offers master’s, doctoral, and adult degree completion programs.

To learn more about Milligan College, visit or call 423.461.8700.

Northeast State Community College

Northeast State Community College is a public comprehensive community college with college transfer and technical programs. The College serves more than 7,500 students annually.

The College offers more than 130 programs of study. Students may earn an associate degree or certificate that prepares them for immediate entry into the workplace or complete two years of courses that transfer to selected local and regional four-year colleges and universities.

Northeast State also offers a large Workforce Solutions program with credit and non-credit courses, seminars, workshops, and customized training. These programs are designed to meet the practical needs of industrial, business, governmental, and community organizations.

The College has campuses in Blountville, Bristol, Elizabethton, Gray, Johnson City, and Kingsport. The Kingsport site is home to the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing, the Regional Center for Automotive Programs, the Regional Center for Health Professions, and the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.

Northeast State strives to ensure access and convenience with course offerings that are available during the day or night, and weekends. The College also offers a variety of online and alternative delivery courses, as well as TN eCampus courses that are available via the Internet. To learn more, visit us online at

Tusculum College

Founded in 1794 in Greeneville, Tusculum is the first college in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in America. A true pioneering institution, Tusculum became one of the first colleges in the region to offer degree programs designed around the needs of working adult students. The programs offer flexible scheduling, quality academics, affordable tuition and convenient locations that truly help students meet their goals. With programs in emerging fields like talent development, healthcare management, and information technology, Tusculum offers working adults the opportunity to attain their career goals at a fully accredited four-year college.

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King University

King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports.

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