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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Polk County Schools is a highly rated, public school district located in Columbus, NC. It has 2,254 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 63% of students are at least proficient in math and 60% in reading.
Address
125 E Mills Street
Columbus, NC 28722
Telephone
(828) 894-3051

Polk County Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
60%
Percent Proficient - Math
63%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1150
38 responses
Average ACT
25
55 responses

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,254
Free or Reduced Lunch
72.5%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$47,318
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.9%

Finances

Total Expenses
$27,524,000
Expenses Per Student
$12,178/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    61%
  • Support Services
    34%
  • Other
    5%
Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$40,491
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$700
National
$949
Median Home Value
$151,000
National
$184,700

Polk County Schools Reviews

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Polk County Schools is an amazing place for students to learn what the want to do for the rest of their life. Personally speaking I am impressed with the construction program at Polk County High School. The students are building houses and gaining money for the program so students can build more than just a small bird house. The students are learning what its like to be an actual carpenter. The carpentry teacher started a summer program where the students can work and get paid by learning on the job.
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I've spent all four years at PCHS, and I've had a very positive experience with the upper level classes I take, although I wish there were more AP classes available to the students, and that more time and energy were put into informing the underclassmen about college readiness.
Polk County High School is one of the best places you'll ever come across. It's small but so diverse and welcoming. The staff is wonderful and so caring about you. The students are welcoming and it's not hard at all to find your friend group. There are so many different clubs and organizations that you are bound to find what you are interested in and what your passions are. You are very likely to succeed at a place like PCHS.