In the last decade, Elizabethton City Schools has experienced an unprecedented 25 percent growth in enrollment. In 2016, 98 percent of our educators returned to our system. Students love learning here, and educators love teaching here because they are supported. We take pride in our teachers’ creativity and in our students’ independence. When they turn their classroom into a bat cave or build a scale model of the solar system extending into the surrounding neighborhood, they are commended. When students applied for a $10 million grant to build a new experiential learning school, they received congratulations from the Director of Schools and became one of 13 national winners.
Being a small district doesn't hold us back from offering diverse opportunities in academics, arts and sports. It means teachers and families can work closely togethrer and maintain strong relationships as students progress through school. Our district is totally student-centered, and we do everything we can to celebrate their achievements as they learn and grow.
Marsha Taylor, School Counselor
ECS is located in Elizabethton, Tennessee, and includes 2,500 students, 185 educators and 15 administrators. Our schools include Elizabethton High School (EHS), T. A. Dugger Junior High School (TAD), East Side Elementary (ESE), Harold McCormick Elementary (HME), West Side Elementary (WSE), and the Wandell Early Learning Center. Our diverse Career and Technical Education programs expose students to opportunities in healthcare, law, aviation, agriscience, business administration, web design, and culinary arts. In addition, they can earn college credits while satisfying requirements for graduation. Outside of school, they can participate in numerous sports and more than 30 clubs.
ECS was recognized as an Exemplary School District by the State of Tennessee in the 2017 and in 2013 and is proud to have schools recognized as Reward Schools five times since 2012.The district graduation rate is 99.5 percent, and 92% of students had plans to attend two- or four-year college. The composite ACT score is 20.3.
In Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, the graduation rate is 99 percent, and more than 88 percent of CTE students at ECS continue on to postsecondary education or advanced training in their fields of study. Students have excellent opportunities for furthering their education right in Elizabethton at Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Elizabethton and Northeast State Community College. Students pursuing undergraduate degrees in various fields may enroll at Milligan College in Elizabethton or at East Tennessee State University in neighboring Johnson City.
Elizabethton is located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains at the convergence of the Doe and Watauga Rivers. It is a community of approximately 14,000 people with an abundance of opportunities for outdoor exploration along its more than 80 miles of Appalachian Trail, two state parks, numerous city parks and pristine national forest land.