School Details

Science Hill High School

1509 John Exum Pw, Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 232-2190

(out of 10)

Public Grades 8-12 2707 students 15 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Johnson City School District average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Science Hill High School is a public high school in Johnson City. The principal of Science Hill High School is Dr. John Boyd and can be contacted at 2,707 children attend Science Hill High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 37% of the 2,707 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Science Hill High School is 15:1. Happy Valley High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% 81%
Hispanic 6% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 12%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.09%
Multiracial 0.1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.07% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37% 42%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    Parents be sure to check your students schedule. Make sure they take all neccesary classes. My 12th grade year 04'-05' they kicked me out because of their mistake with my schedule. They put me in classes that I shouldn't have taken without the required pre-courses. They told me in my 1st week of 12th grade that because I was 18 and 2 credits behind I couldn't make them up.I was a "guest" of the educational system and they didn't have to provide me with an education. If I had known at the time that they couldn't do that and that I could sue them I would have. They don't care about the students they just want to get them out as quickly as possible. Please please watch the schedules and ask about all courses that need to be taken in order to take another.

  • (4 years ago)

    If your kids are into athletics you're in luck. SHHS is all about the athletics all the attention money and support will go towards pampering these students. Teachers seem to see the more intensive classes (AP IB etc) as "more work" and they resent any funding those programs receive seeming to think that the money somehow comes out of their own pockets. Some of them take their frustrations out on the kids making coursework arbitrary and being rather impossible to please to somehow "get back" at the kids for striving to do more. If your child doesn't get the best grades they will be encouraged to aspire less and dumb down their class choices so the school can get better overall marks. The staff do not care what parents think only that they keep the money coming. School treats all kids and parents (except athletes) like delinquents who cant be trusted.

  • (4 years ago)

    The IB Programme at Science Hill is a great addition to the school's already excellent curiculum. I am so glad that the school has taken the chance on this culturally sensitive progam to effectively prepare students for University and life thereafter. It is my highest hope that the IB Programme will continue to be offered at Science Hill for students in the future in the hope that they will be ready for an ever-globalizing world.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a eighth grader at Science Hill High School and it is the worst school I have ever been in. When kids are talking the teachers just stand there and look at them. It is so hard to concentrate when people are talking. I love my band class though and we have so much fun. There needs to be something done with the kids that are being really bad. I have other friends that think that this is true also. My parents think this is true too. Be smart and go to a different school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a freshman at Science Hill. I have to say compared to all the other schools I've been to Science Hill is by far the best one of them all. ] The teachers really do care about the students here. We have amazing classes and good extracurricular activities. (Even though band is a little ridiculous on their practicing!) I'm preparing for IB (it technically starts in 10th grade) and this really made me open my eyes to how challenging high school was going to be. Harder classes new people new teachers...It's a big transition! But I think the teachers there try and help us make it the best as they can. ] GO TOPPERS!

  • (6 years ago)

    hey i go to science hill right now and i can tell you that its not great but then again no high school is. The teachers are hardworking and caring about students and i think that i will be well prepared for college next year.

  • (6 years ago)

    Teachers of honors and AP classes excellent

  • (6 years ago)

    Our daughter has had great teachers who excited her and made her want to learn more (in Math and Physics in particular). It is such a nice and refreshing change

  • (7 years ago)

    My head started spinning after reading the bad reviews given to SHHS by other people. Honestly there is no other high school in East Tennessee that even comes close to better preparing students for college. The graduating class of 2006 was awarded more scholarship money than any other school in the state of TN last year. People think badly of SHHS because it's a large school with a diverse student population but Science Hill has excellent sports an amazing music program (two SHHS concert bands performend at Carnegie Hall in NYC) a huuuuge amount of other types of clubs to fit all interests and most importantly a large number of Honors and AP courses and starting next year SHHS will provide the IB program which isn't offered at any other school in the area. Please don't be fooled SHHS is truly a wonderful school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Why are so many students failing or having big trouble with a certain geometry class in 10th grade? Many parents have enrolled the assistance of tutors yet some are still receiving bad grades in this class! These are not dumb or stupid students! All make excellent grades in their other classes! Something major is wrong here and it is clear it is NOT the student! Tutors are expensive and should only be required in rare cases! However in this class under this teacher it seems to be a necessity! These students and parents/guardians need some relief from this terrible situation now. What is happening here please? These students deserve better than this! Thanks for this opportunity. Jean

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