Polk County Schools School District

125 E Mills Street
Columbus, NC 28722
(District boundaries shown in map)
9/
10
Top 20%

Top Rankings

Polk County Schools School District ranks among the top 20% of public school district in North Carolina for:

Category
Attribute
Overall Rank
Highest overall rank (Top 20%)
Math Proficiency
Highest math proficiency (Top 20%)
Reading/Language Arts Proficiency
Highest reading/language arts proficiency (Top 20%)
Student Attention
Lowest student:teacher ratio (Top 1%)
For the 2024 school year, there are 4 public preschools serving 1,002 students in Polk County Schools School District. This district's average pre testing ranking is 10/10, which is in the top 5% of public pre schools in North Carolina.
Public Preschools in Polk County Schools School District have an average math proficiency score of 69% (versus the North Carolina public pre school average of 51%), and reading proficiency score of 65% (versus the 46% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 23% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the North Carolina public preschool average of 58% (majority Black and Hispanic).

Overview

This School District
This State (NC)
# Schools
7 Schools
976 Schools
# Students
2,129 Students
449,714 Students
# Teachers
176 Teachers
32,939 Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
12:1

District Rank

Polk County Schools School District, which is ranked within the top 20% of all 325 school districts in North Carolina (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2021-2022 school year.
The school district's graduation rate of 85-89% has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
This School District
State Average (NC)
#51 out of 325 school districts
(Top 20%)
This chart display the overall district rank of Polk County Schools  School District, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
66%
51%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Polk County Schools  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of NC by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
67%
50%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Polk County Schools  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of NC by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
85-89%
86%
This chart display public school graduation rate of Polk County Schools  School District and public school graduation rate of NC by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.

Students by Ethnicity:

0.41
0.72
# American Indian Students
n/a
6,715 Students
% American Indian Students
n/a
1%
# Asian Students
12 Students
16,990 Students
% Asian Students
1%
4%
# Hispanic Students
279 Students
98,653 Students
% Hispanic Students
13%
22%
# Black Students
116 Students
113,088 Students
% Black Students
5%
25%
# White Students
1,614 Students
188,648 Students
% White Students
76%
42%
# Hawaiian Students
2 Students
659 Students
% Hawaiian Students
n/a
n/a
# Two or more races Students
106 Students
24,961 Students
% of Two or more races Students
5%
6%

Students by Grade:

# Students in PK Grade:
101
21,054
# Students in K Grade:
156
72,400
# Students in 1st Grade:
134
69,634
# Students in 2nd Grade:
167
71,332
# Students in 3rd Grade:
147
68,518
# Students in 4th Grade:
161
67,887
# Students in 5th Grade:
136
65,758
# Students in 6th Grade:
157
4,881
# Students in 7th Grade:
163
3,622
# Students in 8th Grade:
177
3,587
# Students in 9th Grade:
175
226
# Students in 10th Grade:
158
242
# Students in 11th Grade:
150
194
# Students in 12th Grade:
147
379
# Ungraded Students:
-
-

District Revenue and Spending

The revenue/student of $13,708 is higher than the state median of $11,354. The school district revenue/student has grown by 7% over four school years.
The school district's spending/student of $13,351 is higher than the state median of $11,785. The school district spending/student has grown by 7% over four school years.
This School District
This State (NC)
Total Revenue (20-21)
$29 MM
$17,307 MM
This chart display total revenue of Polk County Schools  School District and median value from total revenues of all school districts in NC by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending (20-21)
$28 MM
$17,964 MM
This chart display total spending of Polk County Schools  School District and median value from total spendings of all school districts in NC by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Revenue / Student (20-21)
$13,708
$11,354
This chart display average revenue per public school student in Polk County Schools  School District and average revenue per public school student of all school districts in NC by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending / Student (20-21)
$13,351
$11,785
This chart display average spending per public school student in Polk County Schools  School District and average spending per public school student of all school districts in NC by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Best Polk County Schools School District Public Preschools (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Saluda Elementary School
(Math: 70-74% | Reading: 75-79%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
214 E Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
(828) 894-1040
Grades: PK-5
| 152 students
Rank: #22.
Tryon Elementary School
(Math: 70-74% | Reading: 65-69%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
100 School Place
Tryon, NC 28782
(828) 859-6584
Grades: PK-5
| 386 students
Rank: #33.
Polk Central Elementary School
(Math: 65-69% | Reading: 60-64%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
2141 South Nc9 Hwy
Mill Spring, NC 28756
(828) 894-8233
Grades: PK-5
| 341 students
Rank: #44.
Sunny View Elementary School
(Math: 60-69% | Reading: 50-59%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
86 Sunny View School Road
Mill Spring, NC 28756
(828) 894-1050
Grades: PK-5
| 123 students

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • District size: 7 schools
  • Grades: PK-12
  • Enrollment: 2,129 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 12:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 24%
  • : 85-89% (Top 50% in NC)
  • : Top 20%
  • : 66% (Top 20%)
  • : 67% (Top 20%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NC Dept. of Education

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