Five Johnson City Schools earn Reward School Distinction from TDOE


Johnson City Schools learned from the Tennessee Department of Education that five schools earned the state’s highest distinction as Reward Schools based on their 2018-2019 data. The five Johnson City Schools include Cherokee Elementary, Lake Ridge Elementary, Woodland Elementary, South Side Elementary and Towne Acres Elementary.

This is the second consecutive year that Cherokee, Lake Ridge and Woodland have achieved Reward School status, while it is the sixth consecutive year for Towne Acres (no Reward Schools were named in 2015-2016). For the 2018-2019 school year, there were 427 Reward Schools across the state. Reward schools are those that are improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for both all students and for student groups, and they are identified annually.

“We are proud of these five schools for earning the highest distinction from the Tennessee Department of Education,” Johnson City Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Barnett said. “The faculty, students and families of these five schools worked tirelessly to earn this honor and they should be proud of their achievement.”

Final district determinations are calculated by using a weighted average of the district’s scores on the all students and subgroup status. As a district, Johnson City Schools achieved Advancing Designation and Johnson City was among the top 10 performing districts in all end of course exams for Math and English.