Polk County Public Schools

All Schools
(6)
High Schools
(3)
Middle Schools
(1)
Elementary
(4)
Pre-K
(3)
There are 6 public schools in Polk County, Tennessee, serving 2,704 students.
Minority enrollment is 3% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the Tennessee state average of 34%.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is equal to the state average of 15:1.

Polk County Public Schools

  • School Location Students Grades
  • BentonBenton Elementary School
    215 Schoolhouse Hill
    BentonTN37307
    (423)338-4510
    527 students | Gr. PK-8
  • Benton
    Chilhowee Middle School
    215 Schoolhouse Hill
    BentonTN37307
    (423)338-3102
    426 students | Gr. 6-12
  • CopperhillCopper Basin Elementary School
    206 Cougar
    CopperhillTN37317
    (423)496-3271
    436 students | Gr. PK-6
  • Copperhill
    Copper Basin High School
    205 Cougar
    CopperhillTN37317
    (423)496-3291
    345 students | Gr. 7-12
  • BentonPolk County High School
    7200 Hwy 411 North
    BentonTN37307
    (423)338-4515
    607 students | Gr. 9-12
  • Old FortSouth Polk Elementary School
    964 Old Federal
    Old FortTN37362
    (423)338-4512
    363 students | Gr. PK-8

County Statistics

About Polk County County Statistics (TN) State Statistics
Population (Approximate) 17,546 people 6,238,518 people
Age 25+ w/College Degree 10% 18%
Median Household Income $31,544 $38,720
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School-to-Prison Pipeline Persists Despite Local, State and National Efforts
Inadequate funding and resources for schools, harsh zero-tolerance discipline policies, police presence in public schools, and de facto segregation continue to create school environments in which poor and minority students have little chance of succeeding. The result is a continuation of the school-to-prison pipeline that has been commonplace in the American education system for decades, despite federal, state and local efforts to curb the problem.
Did You Know?
Polk County, TN public schools have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.23, which is lower than the Tennessee average of 0.5. The most diverse school district in Polk County is Des Moines Independent Community School District School District. Read more about public school diversity statistics in Tennessee or in the USA.