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TCAP scores improve, best state averages by 20 percentage points
Benjamin Brooks

Johnson City Schools saw its TCAP scores improve by at least one percentage point for students considered to be proficient. Additionally, the Johnson City Schools’ averages bested Tennessee’s averages by at least 20 percentage points in all tested subjects.

"We are proud of our TCAP scores from this past spring,” Johnson City Schools Superintendent Steve Barnett said. “This achievement is a testament to the unwavering dedication of our teachers, the hard work of our students, the support of their families, and the collaborative efforts of our board of education and city commission. Together, we have created an environment where excellence is the standard, and this data reflects our community's commitment to education."

For English Language Arts, which included grades 3-8, as well as English 1 and 2 at the high school, the district had 59 percent of its students test proficient, compared to the state average of 39 percent.

Math saw similar numbers, with 60 percent of students in grades 3-8 testing proficiently. The state average for Tennessee was 40 percent. These scores did not include math end-of-course data, which will be available later in the fall pending the standards-setting process

Science included data from grades 3-8 and Biology, with Johnson City Schools’ students performing at 67 percent proficient, compared to the state average of 44 percent. Lastly, Social Studies, which included grades 3-8 and US History, saw 68 percent of students perform at proficiency, besting the state average of 45 percent.

In July, individual student data will be available in the TCAP Family Portal. Families can use the portal to obtain additional information to better understand their students' individual score reports and next steps for supporting their students' academic progress. 



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JCS Bus Form
Benjamin Brooks


It's that time of year again! To ensure a smooth and safe transportation experience for all our students, please remember to turn in your bus forms. If you haven't submitted yours yet, no worries – we’ve got you covered!

📝 Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Download the bus form: CLICK HERE
  2. Complete the Form
  3. Turn it in: Drop off the completed form at your school's front office.


Your timely submission helps us plan and provide the best service possible for our students. Thank you for your cooperation and support!

Parents/Guardians need one form per school, siblings that attend the same school can be on the same form. If they have students in elementary/middle/high school, each school will need their own form. 

JCS 2024-2025 BUS FORM


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Pearce to oversee middle schools, Upchurch to lead Food Service
Benjamin Brooks



Johnson City Schools announced the placement of Tammy Pearce as Supervisor of Middle Schools and Hannah Upchurch as Supervisor of Food Service.

"We are pleased that Tammy and Hannah will assume these roles,” Johnson City Schools Superintendent Steve Barnett said. “Tammy’s extensive leadership experience and commitment to student success will greatly benefit our middle schools. Hannah’s expertise in nutrition and dedication to food service will enhance our meal programs. Their contributions will benefit our entire school community."

Pearce has been serving as the Supervisor of Student Services since 2018. Previously, she served as the principal of Liberty Bell Middle School from 2011 to 2018. Pearce also served as principal at Indian Trail from 2005 to 2011. Pearce earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education K-12 from ETSU in 1985 before earning her Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Tusculum College in 1996. Pearce later earned her Educational Specialist Degree in Supervision and Administration from ETSU in 2004.

Upchurch has served as the Assistant Food Service Director since 2018. Previously she worked as an assistant in food service and has experience serving meals in the schools to students. Upchurch earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from ETSU in 2017. She also holds a Master of Professional Studies in Leadership, Organization and Workforce Studies.

For more information about Johnson City Schools, visit

Science Hill to host two sessions for new student orientation on August 1
Benjamin Brooks


Science Hill High School will welcome new students and parents to campus on Thursday, August 1 with two sessions, one starting at 2 p.m. and the other beginning at 5:30 p.m.

During those sessions, students can get their Chromebook (if their parents have completed the online permission slip as part of registration), meet their homeroom teacher and participate in a scavenger hunt to learn more about Science Hill.  

Parents will also have the opportunity to attend helpful information sessions, including: "What You Need to Know" session presented by Science Hill admin team in the Auditorium, "Navigating Freshman Year" session presented by SHHS Counseling Team in the Cafe, "Hidden in Plain Sight" session presented by district staff, "Social Media Safety" session presented by SHHS Counseling Team.

Additionally, the Science Hill PTA will sell Science Hill merchandise inside Grand Topper Hall.

For updates about the event, please visit

Checklist for Orientation (You do not have to follow the order listed)


  • Chromebook Distribution in Library (Parent Permission completed online)
  • Meet Teacher in GTH
  • Participate in a scavenger hunt to learn more about SHHS


  • Attend "What You Need to Know" session presented by SHHS Admin in Auditorium
  • Attend "Navigating Freshman Year" session presented by SHHS Counseling Team in Cafe.
  • Attend "Hidden in Plain Sight" session presented by district staff in the top lot of campus
  • Attend "Social Media Safety" session presented by SHHS Counseling Team in 601
  • Attend "Meet the Principal" in the Hillside Cafe
  • PTA will be selling SHHS Merch in GTH!
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Science Hill named Top High School in the Region
Benjamin Brooks

Science Hill High School has reached its highest-ranking ever in the US News and World Report rankings. The high school of 2,450 students was ranked 10th in the state for high schools and 864th  in the country according to the new rankings that were released on Tuesday.

Science Hill is in now in the top three percent of all high schools in the country. The 10th place ranking is up from 14th last year and up from 20th just three years ago.

“Our recent ranking is the result of our staff’s commitment to excellence and our students’ hard work,” Science Hill Principal Dr. Josh Carter said. “It is also the result of the continued support of our Board of Education and City Commission.  We could not be more proud of this accomplishment as we strive to continue to offer the best education for all students and families in our community.”

The rankings are heavily influenced by participation in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, graduation rate, and overall math and ELA achievement.  Johnson City Schools Superintendent Steve Barnett said that he was very proud of the administration, staff, students and families of Science Hill High School.

“This accomplishment reflects our community and Board of Education’s continued investment in ensuring access to AP courses at a much higher rate and eliminating any financial barriers that may impede students from achieving their best,” Barnett said. “Additionally, we are immensely proud of the Science Hill leadership team and staff, who work tirelessly to provide opportunities for all students to achieve at high levels.”

At Science Hill, 55 percent of students take at least one Advanced Placement class and 36 percent of them pass at least one AP exam. The US. News rankings include data on nearly 25,000 high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data is based on the 2021-2022 school year. To view the full rankings, visit

For more information about Science Hill High Schools and its various offerings in Advanced Placement and Career and Technical Education classes in welding, construction, nursing and other career fields, visit

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