Science Hill continues upward trend as one of best high schools in state, nation according to U.S. News and World Report


Science Hill was again ranked amongst the top high schools in the state and country, according to rankings recently released by the U.S. News and World Report.

Science Hill ranked 21st in the state – an improvement from last year’s 24th ranking and the 28th ranking the previous year. Nationally, Science Hill ranked as the 1,900 best high school in the nation, a jump from the 2,698 spot last year. The ranking is based on school data collected during the 2016-2017 school year.

"This steady progress represents the efforts of our Hilltopper staff who consistently create a rich and exceptional learning environment, students who continue to meet or exceed the high expectations set for them every day, and District leadership who provide the resources and support for our students to compete at a high level regularly,” Science Hill Principal Todd Barnett said. “While we are excited for the news in the latest report we remain focused on becoming a Top 20 high school in Tennessee and we will continue to strive toward that goal."

The report, which can be found here, also ranked Science Hill among the top 1,000 schools in the country in Math and Reading Proficiency (920) and top 550 schools in the nation in Math and Reading Performance Rank (523). The rankings also highlighted the 28 percent of Science Hill students who participated in Advanced Placement classes. More recently, data shows Science continuing to trend upward as the average ACT score was a 22.3 last year. That made Johnson City Schools one of eight districts across the state to average above a 22 on the ACT test.

The new Best High Schools rankings are produced in conjunction with North Carolina-based research firm RTI International.

RTI implemented the U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on these key principles: that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.