Greeneville City has created a vision for where it wants to be in the year 2020 – aptly named its 20/20 vision. Dr. Jeff Moorhouse, Director of Schools, is leading this ambitious initiative. “The telescopic perspective drives the visualization of where we want to be in five years (2020) and beyond,” said Dr. Jeff Moorhouse. “We want our students to have the skills that will allow them to compete in the workplace for jobs that have not yet been created.”
Technology plays a critical role in helping Greeneville’s students master the 21st century skills relevant to both present and future success. In January 2016, all students in grades 3-8 were given their own laptops to use in the classroom. To date, GCS has purchased over 2,000 student devices through the Reach4IT campaign and other grants. These devices are being utilized and incorporated into curriculum in a variety of ways by enthusiastic GCS educators. GCS is committed to meeting the needs of our students in a student-centered, engaging learning environment.
District teachers and students have warmly embraced a new learning management system, Canvas, to daily deliver and receive content-rich, robust instruction. Canvas, specifically designed for K-12 teachers and students, is a cloud-based learning management system that connects all the digital tools and resources teachers use into one space.
Microsoft IT Academy
Greeneville High School and Greeneville Middle School students had the opportunity to enroll in the cutting-edge Microsoft Student IT Academy. This Academy allowed students to work toward industry level certifications in a vast array of technological areas including programming, application suite specialization, and network administration. Several students and more than one educator have finalized their certifications through the Academy.
The Greeneville City School District has competitive elementary and middle school FIRST LEGO League Robotics teams located at Hal Henard Elementary, Highland Elementary, Tusculum View Elementary and Greeneville Middle School. They competed in the regional tournament at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in December 2015. Despite it being the first year, the Greeneville team was one of eight teams that scored high enough to progress to the state competition, and Greeneville’s student team was awarded the state’s Gracious Professionalism Award.
About Our Schools & Facilities
The Greeneville City School District consists of four (4) elementary schools, one (1) middle school, and one (1) high school serving approximately 2750 students. The system also serves as the fiscal agent for the Greene Technology Center, which provides technology education classes for students in Greene County and Greeneville City.
The district’s administrative offices are located in downtown Greeneville at the Kathryn W. Leonard Central Office on Depot Street. The building was donated to the district by the family of Mrs. Leonard in her memory and honor.
The elementary schools offer art, music, and guidance services as well as physical education and library services. A Spanish program is also offered in all four (4) elementary schools. EastView Elementary and Tusculum View Elementary have both been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools of Distinction as well as receiving Reward School status. Highland Elementary has also been designated as a Leadership Academy, where leadership skills are developed. All four (4) elementary schools ranked in the top 10% of elementary schools in Tennessee in Niche Ranking’s 2016 survey.
2015 Tennessee Department of Education Report Card:
Greeneville Middle School offers band, chorus, Latin & French, and a Microsoft IT Academy as well as an academic program that allows middle school students to take an algebra class for high school credit. Greeneville Middle School ranked as the 8th Best Public Middle School in Tennessee in Niche Ranking’s 2016 survey. GMS received all A’s in Achievement on the 2015 Tennessee Department of Education Report Card.
Greeneville High School (GHS) offers more than 160 courses and operated on a block schedule format, which is composed of four class periods of 90 minutes per day. The district was selected for the 6th Annual College Board AP Honor Roll again in 2016. This was the third time the district has received this distinction. Advanced Placement (AP) offerings include Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English, European History, Human Geography, Music Theory, Physics, Psychology, U.S. History, and U.S. Government. Greeneville High School also offers a course for the U.S. Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and a Microsoft IT Academy. Greeneville High School was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best High Schools in Tennessee, and was ranked as the 7th Best Public High School in Tennessee in Niche Ranking’s 2016 survey.
2015 Tennessee Department of Education Report Card:
96.2% Graduation Rate
#1 in state EOC Algebra II – 90.3% proficient/advanced
#1 in state EOC Chemistry – 86.1% proficient/advanced
The Greeneville Technology Center is now a satellite center for the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Morristown and offers classes in Automotive Repair, Industrial Electricity, Collision Repair, Computer Science, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Green Technology, Health Science, Machine Tool Technology, Pre-Engineering, and Welding.
Greeneville City provides a full-day preschool program for 3- and 4- year old children from families who meet the eligibility requirements of Head Start or are educationally at-risk. Priority is given to children of Families First parents.
The Extended School Program (ESP) offers before and after school care for children enrolled at each of the four (4) elementary schools and offers care during times when school is not in session, including summer months. Parents pay for these services on a sliding-fee scale based on family income. All schools in the system also offer after-school programs for remediation and/or enrichment.
Greeneville City provides bus transportation for students who reside within the city limits. A breakfast and lunch program is available at all schools and meets all state and federal requirements.
Approximately 242 teachers and administrators compose Greeneville City’s professional staff. Of these, six have doctoral degrees, 134 have master’s degrees, and 31 have specialist degrees. The average years of experience is 15.17. With the additional paraprofessional and other staff positions, the system employs approximately 448 people.
Greeneville serves as one of only two Professional Development Center sites in the state and serves the region with quality professional development. This provides world-class professional learning for educators in the seventeen school districts in upper east Tennessee.
Greeneville City continues to allocate more than 75 percent of its total budget for instructional expenditures. The state provides 50 percent, and the federal government provides 2 percent of the funding. The other 48 percent comes from local sources.
Members of the Greeneville City Board of Education include Craig Ogle, chairman; Cindy Luttrell, vice chairman; Jerry Anderson, treasurer; Dr. Craig Shepherd; and Brian Cook. A student representative from Greeneville High School also serves on the Board of Education each year.