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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
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  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Polk County High School is a highly rated, public school located in Columbus, NC. It has 637 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 62% in reading.
Address
1681 East Nc 108 Hwy
Columbus, NC 28722
Telephone
(828) 894-2525

Polk County High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
72%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1130
28 responses
Average ACT
24
26 responses
AP Enrollment
8%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    A-
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$47,396
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$769
National
$949
Median Home Value
$208,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
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Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
637
Free or Reduced Lunch
42%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,122
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.2%
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Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$12,484/ year
National
$12,239
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.5 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.5 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.5 responses
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I love the involvement in sports and club/activities at our school, everyone is supportive and willing to help other grow! Not only is our school rated one of the best in NC for academics, but most students are involved in at least 1 out-of-the-classroom activity. Some things I’d like to see change are the acceptance of diversity within the students and faculty, and an improvement in the school food; I wish the administration would push for a more accepting environment that allowed people to dress/express themselves how they please. And although the food does have to meet certain nutritional requirements, the quality could be a bit better.
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Polk County High School is a very secluded school. In fact it’s the only one in the district. This means that it gets a lot more diversity in students compared to most other schools. It’s a very safe feeling place because everybody knows everybody. You don’t have to worry about who your classes are with or whether you will ever see your friends in school because everyone is friends with each other.
This is one of the best high schools around. We have a phenomenal educational system, with some of the best teachers I've ever encountered. My teachers are very outgoing and care for their students, they want us to pass. We have an amazing principal, she is very interactive with the kids. We have fun and stay focused, inside and outside of the classroom. We do many things involving sports and clubs. We host Project Unify and Special Olympics. Our school has a great reputation and an amazing community standing behind it.