School Details

Sullivan East High School

4180 Weaver Pk, Bluff City, TN 37618
(423) 354-1900

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 922 students 16 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Gateway/End-of-Course (GT/EOC)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. This year they introduced two new exams in algebra II and English III. Students must pass the algebra I, English II and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
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About this school

Sullivan East High School is a public high school in Bluff City. The principal of Sullivan East High School is Angela Buckles and can be contacted at 922 students go to Sullivan East High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 50% of the 922 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Sullivan East High School is 16:1. Brookside Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 98% 97%
Hispanic 1% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.5% 1%
Multiracial 0.3% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Asian 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50% 49%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a proud graduate from Sullivan East High. I feel like it was a great high school to attend! I have many great memories from my four years there and I feel that I was properly prepared for college. I graduated from a private college thanks to the education I received first from Sullivan East. The teachers and staff are very down to earth and they care about the students well being. Many other schools in the Bristol area are very political in the advancement of their students but Sullivan East places advancement in the hands of the students work ethic. I am very grateful to have attended Sullivan East and would recommend it to anyone.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am an alumni of this school and other than a few great teachers my experiance with East was not a good one nor was it for many of the people I know. Discrimination favorites and unjust is the way of sullivan county schools at least in bluff city and East is no different.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is the basic stereotypical under achieving hillbilly school. The teachers don't care or challenge their students. In sports every game is a rout. It is just overall pathetic.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a past student (1974) and I know that East High is the best school. Never have I found a school with staff that not only say they care they have no problem showing such care. I live many miles away now but I have the best memories of East.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a past student of East and I believe that East is one of the best public schools out there. There are excellent teachers and staff that truely care about the sucess of their students in school & in life. I would like to thank eveyone from students to teachers administraters to staff for inspiring me to change lives.

  • (5 years ago)

    The majority of the teachers assign book reading instead of hands-on teaching they have bad grammar and low standards. Sports are the focus at that school and favoritism is a big problem.

  • (5 years ago)

    Sullivan East High School is a all right school. The teachers are not as bad as they say. Personaly my favorete teachers has to me between Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Ward. Mrs. Williams is funny but undestands you need to get your work done. Mrs. Ward seems a little strict to others but to me you need to respect her in order to learn. She's great! Her teaching skills taught me more than alot more than others.

  • (6 years ago)

    Just look at how the student spelled the State he lives in! How good can it be. I think they should tear it down and start over. However there are some fine people (J Dyer R Gilmore.. list not all inclusive but these are best! P.S. WE miss Mrs. Rouse!!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    As a student I can honestly say that I am rarely challenged in any academic course I have took. Most teachers have stopped teaching after they are tenured. I have had classes which I have done nothing but watch CNN for the entire semester which apparently constitutes a 100 final average in economics and government. There are a few teachers (Mr Gilmore Mr Aubrey Ms Ward Ms Eberle Mr Rasnake Ms Queen Mrs Aubrey) that genuinely make difficult courses where it is hard to get that A -- I have learned everything in High School from those teachers. The cafeteria rarely has enough food for all students so if you have 3rd lunch get there as early as possible or you'll be eating half frozen french fries and pay full price for the meal. The administration runs the school effectively but the teachers really hurt the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am extremely happy with my son attending Sullivan East. The Teachers and Coaches are wonderful and always willing to take time for students or parents. The atmosphere is great and the kids all seem to really get along. As far as academics I am very pleased with the curriculim and how he is being taught.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love absolutely love sullivan east. The people are amazing and except for a few the teachers are great. I am glad I go to this school and I wouldn't switch schools for the world.

  • (7 years ago)

    i absolutly love this school it's great everyone is so helpful! i love my fellow students and teachers...!!! Go Patriots!!!!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    This is the worst example of our education system of which we have had to experience. You're better off homeschooling if you move to this area. Your child will have received a stronger education from middle school than he will receive as a graduate of this school. It will be a waste of four years.

  • (7 years ago)

    I myself graduated from EHS. And am a parent of & parent of two(just recently) former students at Sullivan East. The schools culture is one of 'money talks'. A few good teachers made it bearable (Thanks Mrs. Parker!). The arts in the county school system as a whole has been severely injured & overlooked since the mid '80s.

  • (8 years ago)

    East High School is in my opinion one of the greatest places in the world. I learned so many things while in high school not only in the classroom that has definitely helped me so far in my college career but about life skills. At most high schools people are isolated and divide themselves into groups or cliques. Obviously everyone has their own group of friends but everyone got along wonderfully at East no matter who your 'group' of friends were. I learned throughout high school that no one should ever be isolated because of how much money they have. All that matters is what kind of person you are. I dont think that many high schools in America can say that. So many people look down on East because of the past but actually other schools should try to model the kindness and respectfulness of the staff and students.

  • (9 years ago)

    I graduated from East December/2005 as an early graduate. I attended two classes at Northeast State during my final semester and am now attending Tennessee State University in Nashville. I believe that I was prepared for college when I graduated. I had a lot of good teachers and the ones I had that weren't the best still gave me something to take with me. I think too many parents believe their kids when they say that their teachers are bad teaches-usually they are just looking for someone to blame for the fact that they don't do well in the class. I participated in drama and band during school and encourage everyone to be envolved in something take advantage of the excellent resources avaliable. Had I not had band and drama I wouldn't have survived high school. They did not distract me from work but instead kept me out of trouble.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son graduated in the top 10 of his class in 2003. I am extremely pleased with the education he received. He has completed his sophomore year of college majoring in biology with plans of attending pharmacy school. While a student @ EHS he took accelerated coursework and also played 3 different sports. I totally disagree with the review which said that if a student didn't participate in sports then they were nothing. Students are presented with a variety of activities in which to participate. The school offers both academic and vocational programs chorus drama an award-winning forensics team band NJROTC numerous clubs and organizations and sports for varsity junior varsity and freshmen athletes just to name a few. Parental involvement is encouraged and enthusiastically received. Often students get out of something exactly what is put into it.

  • (10 years ago)

    Everyone has their own opinion and each child is different. My son graduated last year - he did well in his academics and also played sports and has adjusted very well in college. So I believe it depends on the child homelife and his/her ability to relate and choose the right choices in life. I believe that if you do not want to play sports there are other clubs/activities to be involved in that will keep you focused. Academics is very important and should be top priority but you also need to be involved in other things to be well rounded so that you can function in the real world after school.

  • (10 years ago)

    The academic programs are exremely poor.When I attended EHS and transferred to another school I was so far behind. I had not a clue in how to write an essay in the MLA format (which you should know how to do your freshman year in high school). They focus too much on the sports and extracurricular activities when in fact they need to focus on learning skills because knowledge is power and sports will not take you through life. If you are not involved in sports you are nothing to the school and you get involved in the wrong things. Most of the teachers really don't care what you do and if you learn or not so I would not suggest this school for anyone that wanted a good quality education.

  • (10 years ago)

    The academic programs at this school do not prepare your child for higher education. While the atmosphere is not bad and my son likes it there ok his classes do not hold his attention and aren't challenging for him. I am seriously worried that he will be very shocked when he graduates and starts college. The faculty are nice and my sons gets along well with the teachers but the quality of education is seriously in need of improvement.

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