The region’s school systems — particularly Kingsport, Greeneville, Johnson City and Washington County — ranked well in this year’s Niche.com evaluation of public schools in Tennessee. KCS ranked No. 1 in Best Places to Teach among 130 districts and Dobyns-Bennett ranked 10th statewide among high schools and first among ranked Northeast Tennessee high schools.
“It's due to the incredible efforts taking place by the teachers, staff, and students each and every day at D-B: Truly a phenomenal learning environment,” Kingsport Assistant Superintendent of Administration Andy True said.
Niche also ranked Kingsport City Schools’ Adams Elementary as No. 1 in Best Elementary Teachers, KCS as No. 2 in Best Elementary Teachers, Roosevelt as No. 2 in Best Public Elementary Teachers and KCS as No. 2 in Districts with the Best Teachers in the state.
As for the top four schools in the elementary, middle and high school categories in the 11 districts of Northeast Tennessee:
Among high schools: D-B ranked first, Greeneville second, Science Hill third and University School fourth.
Among middle schools: Indian Trail Intermediate in Johnson City first, University School (a pre-K-12) second, Robinson in Kingsport third and Liberty Bell in Johnson City fourth.
And among elementary schools: Fairmont in Johnson City was first, Towne Acres in Johnson City second, Kingsport’s Adams third and University School fourth.
WHAT IS NICHE?
“Niche is a website that helps you discover the schools, companies and neighborhoods that are right for you,” the website says. “We rigorously analyze dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for K-12 Schools” as well as colleges, place to live and places to work.
WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF ITS DATA?
“We rigorously analyze data from the U.S. Department of Education and over 60 million K-12 school reviews and survey responses to help families find the right school for them,” the website says. “The Niche 2019 K-12 Rankings are based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users. Because we have the most comprehensive data in the industry, we’re able to provide a more comprehensive suite of rankings across all school types.”
The website also says, “Each school is so much more than just one ranking number.”
Niche performs in-depth profiles and notes that “nearly 100,000 schools and districts received a Niche ranking and 2019 Report Card.”
Among Best High School Teachers, Dobyns-Bennett was No. 3. In Safest School Districts, KCS ranked No. 6, and among Best Districts for Athletics, it was No. 18. In Best Public Middle School Teachers, Robinson was No. 5 and Sevier was No. 14.
Sullivan County Schools ranked No. 28 in Best Teachers and No. 73 in Safety.
Elsewhere in the region, Johnson City Schools statewide ranked No. 3 in Best Teachers, No. 6 in Best Places to Teach, No. 6 in Best School Districts, No. 21 in Most Diverse, No. 3 in Best Athletics and No. 36 in Safety.
Washington County ranked No. 39 in Athletics and No. 51 in Safety.
Elizabethton ranked No. 15 in Best Places to Teach, No. 20 in Safety, No. 23 in Best Teachers, No. 25 in Best Districts and No. 29 in Best Athletics.
Carter County ranked No. 29 in Best Teachers and No. 52 in Safety.
Hawkins County was not ranked in any of the national or statewide rankings, while Rogersville City Schools, a single K-8 system, was not listed at all.
Bristol, Tenn. Schools was not ranked, although like Hawkins, information about it is on the Niche website.
Unicoi County was No. 9 in Safety, No. 12 in Best Places to Teach, No. 20 in Best Teachers and No. 33 in Best School Districts.
Johnson County was No. 55 in Best Teachers.
Greeneville was No. 2 in Safety, No. 2 in Best Places to Teach, No. 4 in Best Teachers, No. 5 in Best Athletics, No. 5 in Best Districts and No. 36 in Most Diverse.
Greene County was No. 47 in Athletics, No. 56 in Best Teachers and No. 61 in Safety.