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We Are Just Right for… Education

We Are Just Right for… Education

Our region offers some of the best school systems in the state of Tennessee, consistently receiving accolades and high ratings. Both Washington County and Johnson City school systems rank competitively in terms of graduation rates, advanced level classes, college preparation, and workforce preparation programs, while our students continuously receive exemplary marks and grades during both state and federal testing. This area also offers a variety of both public and private schools, as well as some of the highest advanced education institutions in the state.

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 in the city schools system, which also employs more than 800 certified teachers, classified employees, and administrators. Johnson City Schools consistently score above state and national average in both ACT and SAT scores, and our TCAP academic performance exceeds state and national averages in every discipline and grade level tested. In 2015, The State Collaborative on Reforming Education even named the Jonson City school district as one of the top three school districts in the state of Tennessee. Proof of its continued dedication to students and families is apparent by all those involved in the local school system.  To learn more about Johnson City Schools, visit

Science Hill High School, the city’s high school, is comprised of the 10th through 12th grade campus, a 9th grade academy, the Topper Academy and the Career & Technical Education site. 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 proud 70-year history.

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

University School

In addition to Johnson City and Washington County schools, Johnson City is home to University School (, an innovative kindergarten through 12th grade laboratory school that helps the College of Education at ETSU train future education professionals in the Education program. The school is known for its learning environment that nurtures the academic, social and emotional growth of its students.

Private Schools

A number of private schools are available in the area, and these 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.

Higher Learning

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

East Tennessee State University

Founded in 1911, East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is situated on 350 acres in Johnson City with satellite 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.

ETSU is home to a number of programs unique to the college, including the world’s only master’s degree in storytelling and reading. The school also offers 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 multi-specialty medical group, and the College of Nursing is home to an extensive network of nurse-managed clinics in the region.

The Buccaneer football team was rebuilt in 2015, and began competing in the NCAA Division One Southern Conference in 2016. In 2017, the team played on the newly constructed William B. Greene, Jr. football stadium, marking the first time ETSU football has played on their home field since 2003. 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. For additional information about ETSU, visit

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 nationally recognized for its high quality and excellent value. 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. Through programs such as the comprehensive Humanities program and specialized training across nine academic areas, Milligan students are given the tools to be prepared intellectually and spiritually to make a difference in the lives of others. In addition to the 100+ majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations, the college also offers master’s, doctoral, and adult degree completion programs. Milligan College is also a member of the NAIA Appalachian Athletics Conference, and has won national titles for both the cycling and cross country teams. 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, offering more than 130 programs for students to study in. 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 seeking new employees.

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, as well as during weekends. The College also offers a variety of online and alternative delivery courses, such as TN eCampus courses that are available via the Internet. To learn more, visit Northeast State online at

Tusculum University

Founded in 1794 in Greeneville, Tusculum was the first college to be chartered in Tennessee and is the 28th oldest school 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. To learn more, visit Tusculum online at

King University

King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers a Christian academic community dedicated to the integration of rigorous academic programming and the exploration of faith. King 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. King also offers a number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations for students to enhance their learning experience. The US News & World Report has named King a Best Regional University in the South for nearly 30 consecutive years, and in 2016 the Brookings Institution ranked King the third best school in Tennessee for preparing students for high-paying careers. King University is also an NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports teams. The main campus is located just two minutes from downtown Bristol, on 135 acres of scenic woodland and beautiful Georgian style architecture. For more information about King University, visit