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.
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 over 7,000 students enrolled and the system employs more than 800 certified teachers, classified employees and administrators. On the combined state assessments for the 2013-15 school years, Johnson City was ranked in the top three in the state among K-12 school systems.
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 2014, the graduating class of SHHS earned over 11 million dollars in scholarships. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accredits all elementary and secondary schools. To learn more about Johnson City Schools, visit www.jcschools.org.
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. For more information on Washington County schools, visit www.wcde.org.
In addition to Johnson City and Washington County schools, the city houses 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. www.etsu.edu/uschool/
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 kindergarten to 8th grade; and Ashley Academy, a challenging and educational school for bright and gifted children in kindergarten through 8th grade.
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 offering bachelor’s and advanced degrees for traditional and non-traditional as well as continued learning for retirees.
East Tennessee State University
Founded in 1911, East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is situated on 350 acres in Johnson City. With 16,000 students, satellite operations in the area and the Regents Online Degree Program, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees as well as continuing education options are available.
Teaching comes first at the university. Students may choose a career in the arts and sciences, business, education, health sciences and services, and technology, or through over 100 undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs. The University features 11 colleges and schools, including the interdisciplinary Honors College and the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy.
One-of-a-kind programs at ETSU include the world’s only master’s degree in storytelling and reading. ETSU was also the first university in America to offer a four-year degree program in bluegrass and country music. Further, within the Scott M. Niswonger Digital Media Center, the Advanced Visualization Lab is recognized around the globe as a leader in animation graphics.
The return of Buccaneer football and the construction of a new football stadium underway, the University launched the ETSU Arts Initiative that will position ETSU to expand arts programming, encourage innovative collaborations among the arts and other disciplines, and promote partnerships with businesses and other organizations. The showcase of the Initiative is the construction of a $40 million new arts center which will bring together dance, film, music, theatre, poetry readings, storytelling and visual arts. Major features of this new facility include a 1,100-seat concert hall, a 500-seat theatre, a 250-seat recital hall, gallery space, and the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts administrative offices. For additional information on ETSU, visit www.etsu.edu.
Milligan College’s picturesque 181-acre campus is located just minutes from Johnson City. One of the oldest educational institutions in our region, Milligan has long been a leader in Christian higher education. Celebrating their 150th Anniversary, Milligan’s vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. A nationally recognized four-year private Christian liberal arts college, Milligan’s comprehensive humanities program and core curriculum are complemented by specialized training in more than 50 academic programs, including three masters degrees and two degree completion programs for working adults. The College recently reorganized their nine academic areas into five schools. Christian perspectives are integrated throughout the curriculum and student life activities as students are prepared intellectually and spiritually to make a difference in the lives of others. Over 1,200 students from 35 states and 15 countries are enrolled at Milligan. To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call (800) 447-5922.
Northeast State Community College
Northeast State Community College is a public comprehensive community college with technical education, continuing education and college transfer programs. From its beginning as Tri-Cities State Area Vocational-Technical School in 1966, the school has tailored its programs and services to meet the special needs of a diverse student body that now numbers more than 6,700. Northeast State offers associate degrees in more than 50 areas of study, which can be transferred to a number of local and regional four-year colleges and universities. The school also has Associate of Applied Science degrees in more than 20 areas of study, such as business management, cardiovascular technology, computer science, nursing and office administration technology that prepare students for immediate entry into the workplace. For further information visit www.northeaststate.edu/johnsoncity/.
Founded in 1794 in Greeneville, Tusculum College is the oldest college in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in America. A true pioneering institution, Tusculum College became one of the first colleges in the region to offer a degree program designed around the needs of working adult students. The program offers flexible scheduling, quality programs, reasonable tuition and convenient locations that truly help students meet their goals. Tusculum College is a fully accredited four-year college. To learn more, visit Tusculum online at www.tusculum.edu.
King University is a private, doctoral-level comprehensive university located in neighboring Bristol, TN, and offers more than 80 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, forensic science, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, nursing, and education. A number of off-campus learning opportunities and travel destinations are also available. Founded in 1867, King is independently governed with covenant affiliations to the Presbyterian Church and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. To learn more, visit King online at www.king.edu.