Schools & Education
Many factors help determine what makes a great place to live and practice medicine. For physicians with children, educational opportunities can serve as an important decision point. And Wellmont Health System is uniquely positioned in a region that excels with educational opportunities.
Primary and secondary schools
Public schools in Kingsport, Bristol, Johnson City and throughout the Tri-Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia boast good student-to-teacher ratios and high testing scores. City-Data.com, a website that collects and analyzes data on U.S. cities, reported that Kingsport’s Dobyns-Bennett High School is ranked No. 1 in the state based on test scores.
Other area high schools ranked high as well – Washington County’s Daniel Boone ranked No. 4; Johnson City’s Science Hill was No. 6; Sullivan South, located in Kingsport, ranked No. 7; Hawkins County’s Cherokee High was No. 9; and Elizabethton and Greeneville tied for No. 10.
Sullivan Central, in Blountville, ranked No. 13; Sullivan North, in Kingsport, ranked No. 20; and Sullivan East, in Bluff City, ranked No. 22.
Because of the high-quality public education system, many parents choose to send their children to public schools. However, parents who prefer private schools also have exceptional options in the Tri-Cities region.
Colleges and universities
The Tri-Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is conveniently positioned within a short distance of a large number of colleges and universities. Colleges in the region provide opportunities for traditional students as well as non-traditional students who want to take classes for personal development.
A wide range of advanced training and educational opportunities are available, including community and technical colleges, four-year colleges and exceptional pharmacy and medical schools.