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Polk County Schools


Polk County Schools is located in west North Carolina. Polk County Schools has 237.79 square miles of land area and 0.75 square miles of water area. As of 2010-2014, the total Polk County Schools population is 20,352. Polk County Schools median household income is $47,534 in 2010-2014. Polk County Schools median house value is $173,600 in 2010-2014. On average, Polk County Schools is much better than the state average in quality.

Ranking:High School: (2 out of 104, top 2%)
Elementary/Middle School: (2 out of 115, top 2%)*
Rank: #4
Type:Regular Local School District
Grade:Prekindergarten to Grade 12
Number of Schools:7
Population20,352 (2010-2014), rank #92
Population Growth6.52% since 2005-2009, see rank
Population Density:85.32/sq mi, rank #77
Median Household Income:$47,534 at 2010-2014—21.12% increase since 2005-2009, rank #23
Median House Price:$173,600 at 2010-2014—3.15% increase since 2005-2009, rank #22
Time Zone:Eastern GMT -5:00 with Daylight Saving in the Summer
Land Area:237.79 sq mi, rank #94
Water Area:0.75 sq mi (0.31%), rank #98
State:North Carolina
County:Polk County
City:Saluda, Mill Spring, Columbus, Tryon, Rutherfordton, Hendersonville
Zip:28773, 28756, 28722, 28782, 28139, 28792
Area:Forest City, NC;Asheville, NC
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Polk County Schools Map, Border, and Nearby Locations

125 East Mills St
Columbus NC, 28722, Polk County
Phone: 828-894-3051

Students and Teachers

      2013-2014         2012-2013         2011-2012         2010-2011         2009-2010         2008-2009         2007-2008    
Total Students:2,2652,4402,4122,5062,5862,6202,586
English Language Learner Students:71918994106123140
Total Teachers:187.97183.57178.76176.61188.64199.30202.30
Total Other Staff:194.58193.94195.31197.70210.08225.30216.50
Instructional Aides:48.4249.7048.2245.5647.1357.1053.00
Instructional Coordinators & Supervisors:6.506.005.443.943.804.805.00
Total Guidance Counselors:8.338.899.2210.389.009.108.80
Elementary Guidance Counselors:2.503.003.503.003.503.502.00
Secondary Guidance Counselors:5.835.895.727.385.505.606.80
Other Guidance Counselors:
Librarians/Media Specialists:5.506.005.805.716.606.004.00
Library/Media Support:
District Administrators:7.006.337.007.138.808.808.80
District Administrative Support:19.7919.2417.8318.4519.9224.3023.40
School Administrators:11.009.569.799.169.499.0010.00
School Administrative Support:13.6113.4914.4113.5513.7914.5014.90
Student Support Services:15.3115.7716.7912.4512.3613.3010.60
Other Support Services:59.1258.9660.8171.3779.1978.4078.00
Student-Teacher Ratio:12.0513.2913.4914.1913.7113.1512.78


Polk Central Elementary SchoolPrekindergarten to Grade 5   2141 South Nc9 Hwy, Mill Spring NC 28756
Polk County Early College Grade 9 to Grade 12   51 Walker St, Columbus NC 28722
Polk County High SchoolGrade 9 to Grade 12   1681 East Nc 108 Hwy, Columbus NC 28722
Polk County Middle SchoolGrade 6 to Grade 8   321 Wolverine Trail, Mill Spring NC 28756
Saluda Elementary SchoolPrekindergarten to Grade 5   214 East Main St, Saluda NC 28773
Sunny View Elementary SchoolPrekindergarten to Grade 5   86 Sunny View School Rd, Mill Spring NC 28756
Tryon Elementary SchoolPrekindergarten to Grade 5   100 School Place, Tryon NC 28782

Test Performance

YearTestGradeMeasurementScoreState Average
EOC Test
2006Algebra IEnd of course% met std93.5%82.6%
2007Algebra IEnd of course% met std77.9%66.7%
2008Algebra IEnd of course% met std80.6%69%
2009Algebra IEnd of course% met std82.8%67.7%
2010Algebra IEnd of course% met std87.6%77.8%
2011Algebra IEnd of course% met std88.3%76.7%
2012Algebra IEnd of course% met std89.6%78.7%
2013Algebra IEnd of course% met std59.5%36.3%
2006Algebra IIEnd of course% met std> 95.0%80.3%
2007Algebra IIEnd of course% met std86.9%65.1%
2008Algebra IIEnd of course% met std72.8%67.2%
2009Algebra IIEnd of course% met std83.9%72.9%
2010Algebra IIEnd of course% met std90.9%84.9%
2011Algebra IIEnd of course% met std78.3%82.3%
2006BiologyEnd of course% met std59.4%63.4%
2007BiologyEnd of course% met std63.5%65.3%
2008BiologyEnd of course% met std76.5%68%
2009BiologyEnd of course% met std78.8%71.2%
2010BiologyEnd of course% met std87.3%81.2%
2011BiologyEnd of course% met std86.3%79.9%
2012BiologyEnd of course% met std91.4%83%
2013BiologyEnd of course% met std45.3%45.6%
2006ChemistryEnd of course% met std81.1%77.1%
2008ChemistryEnd of course% met std64.4%71.8%
2009ChemistryEnd of course% met std81.1%77.7%
2006Civics and EconomicsEnd of course% met std61.7%60.1%
2007Civics and EconomicsEnd of course% met std64.8%65.8%
2008Civics and EconomicsEnd of course% met std70.5%68.5%
2009Civics and EconomicsEnd of course% met std69%71.4%
2010Civics and EconomicsEnd of course% met std78.2%78.7%
2011Civics and EconomicsEnd of course% met std80.7%80%
2006English IEnd of course% met std92.8%82.8%
2007English IEnd of course% met std85.7%72.1%
2008English IEnd of course% met std81.9%73.1%
2009English IEnd of course% met std81.8%73.8%
2010English IEnd of course% met std88%82.4%
2011English IEnd of course% met std90.9%80.6%
2012English IEnd of course% met std88.2%82.9%
2013English IIEnd of course% met std60.7%51.2%
2006GeometryEnd of course% met std90.4%68.8%
2007GeometryEnd of course% met std73.9%63.3%
2008GeometryEnd of course% met std82%67.9%
2009GeometryEnd of course% met std83.7%73.3%
2010GeometryEnd of course% met std92.1%82.3%
2006Physical ScienceEnd of course% met std44.4%69.1%
2008Physical ScienceEnd of course% met std76.6%58.4%
2009Physical ScienceEnd of course% met std80.3%62.7%
2010Physical ScienceEnd of course% met std75.4%76.4%
2011Physical ScienceEnd of course% met std93.9%76.5%
2006PhysicsEnd of course% met std86.2%85.1%
2008PhysicsEnd of course% met std69.4%81.5%
2009PhysicsEnd of course% met std80%85.9%
2006US HistoryEnd of course% met std54.4%56.8%
2007US HistoryEnd of course% met std70.4%64.6%
2008US HistoryEnd of course% met std68.9%66.5%
2009US HistoryEnd of course% met std72.5%71.2%
2010US HistoryEnd of course% met std89.1%81.6%
2011US HistoryEnd of course% met std91.4%81.5%
EOG Test
2006Mathematics10th Grade% met std28.6%17.6%
2007Mathematics10th Grade% met std71.4%22.6%
2006Writing10th Grade% met std44%54.1%
2007Writing10th Grade% met std61.3%51.8%
2008Writing10th Grade% met std82.3%71.9%
2009Writing10th Grade% met std74.7%70.1%
2010Writing10th Grade% met std74.5%69.4%
2011Writing10th Grade% met std74.1%69.9%
2006Mathematics3rd Grade% met std83.4%67.8%
2007Mathematics3rd Grade% met std89.7%70.9%
2008Mathematics3rd Grade% met std91.2%73.2%
2009Mathematics3rd Grade% met std93.5%81.3%
2010Mathematics3rd Grade% met std93.2%81.9%
2011Mathematics3rd Grade% met std> 95.0%82.1%
2012Mathematics3rd Grade% met std> 95.0%82.8%
2013Mathematics3rd Grade% met std58.7%46.8%
2006Reading3rd Grade% met std93.9%82.9%
2007Reading3rd Grade% met std> 95.0%81.8%
2008Reading3rd Grade% met std69.8%54.5%
2009Reading3rd Grade% met std87%65.5%
2010Reading3rd Grade% met std85.8%66.4%
2011Reading3rd Grade% met std83.6%67.6%
2012Reading3rd Grade% met std83.4%68.8%
2013Reading3rd Grade% met std59.9%45.2%
2006Mathematics4th Grade% met std85.3%65%
2007Mathematics4th Grade% met std81.4%67.7%
2008Mathematics4th Grade% met std88.7%72.8%
2009Mathematics4th Grade% met std> 95.0%81.5%
2010Mathematics4th Grade% met std> 95.0%83%
2011Mathematics4th Grade% met std94.6%83.8%
2012Mathematics4th Grade% met std94.2%85.1%
2013Mathematics4th Grade% met std58.0%47.6%
2006Reading4th Grade% met std92.9%83.4%
2007Reading4th Grade% met std90.2%85.2%
2008Reading4th Grade% met std83%59.2%
2009Reading4th Grade% met std88.3%69.1%
2010Reading4th Grade% met std89.9%71.6%
2011Reading4th Grade% met std84.5%71.6%
2012Reading4th Grade% met std86.2%71.6%
2013Reading4th Grade% met std55.0%43.7%
2006Writing4th Grade% met std62.7%49.5%
2007Writing4th Grade% met std57.9%52%
2008Writing4th Grade% met std72.9%58.7%
2006Mathematics5th Grade% met std79.4%63.1%
2007Mathematics5th Grade% met std81.3%66.7%
2008Mathematics5th Grade% met std85.4%69.6%
2009Mathematics5th Grade% met std94.9%80.1%
2010Mathematics5th Grade% met std> 95.0%81.2%
2011Mathematics5th Grade% met std> 95.0%82%
2012Mathematics5th Grade% met std92.7%82.1%
2013Mathematics5th Grade% met std65.1%47.7%
2006Reading5th Grade% met std93.9%88.4%
2007Reading5th Grade% met std93.2%89.3%
2008Reading5th Grade% met std68.6%55.6%
2009Reading5th Grade% met std92.3%68.5%
2010Reading5th Grade% met std90.1%71.1%
2011Reading5th Grade% met std91.8%72.3%
2012Reading5th Grade% met std87.6%72.3%
2013Reading5th Grade% met std52.6%39.5%
2008Science5th Grade% met std59.5%40.1%
2009Science5th Grade% met std86.2%60.8%
2010Science5th Grade% met std90.6%68.9%
2011Science5th Grade% met std> 95.0%73.4%
2012Science5th Grade% met std92.1%75.9%
2013Science5th Grade% met std62.5%45.4%
2006Mathematics6th Grade% met std83.7%61.9%
2007Mathematics6th Grade% met std88%64.6%
2008Mathematics6th Grade% met std89.1%68.2%
2009Mathematics6th Grade% met std94.4%78.1%
2010Mathematics6th Grade% met std> 95.0%80.5%
2011Mathematics6th Grade% met std94.6%80.7%
2012Mathematics6th Grade% met std93.3%80.5%
2013Mathematics6th Grade% met std57.4%38.9%
2006Reading6th Grade% met std93.5%81.5%
2007Reading6th Grade% met std> 95.0%82.5%
2008Reading6th Grade% met std79.4%59.3%
2009Reading6th Grade% met std85.9%71%
2010Reading6th Grade% met std89.7%75.3%
2011Reading6th Grade% met std89.2%75.1%
2012Reading6th Grade% met std91.6%75.2%
2013Reading6th Grade% met std57.4%46.4%
2006Mathematics7th Grade% met std74.7%61.8%
2007Mathematics7th Grade% met std81.7%63.5%
2008Mathematics7th Grade% met std81.6%67.3%
2009Mathematics7th Grade% met std89.6%78.4%
2010Mathematics7th Grade% met std94.8%80.2%
2011Mathematics7th Grade% met std90.8%81.1%
2012Mathematics7th Grade% met std90.9%81.1%
2013Mathematics7th Grade% met std52.9%38.5%
2006Reading7th Grade% met std87.3%86.4%
2007Reading7th Grade% met std94.6%86.3%
2008Reading7th Grade% met std66.8%51.1%
2009Reading7th Grade% met std80.8%65%
2010Reading7th Grade% met std80.9%66.8%
2011Reading7th Grade% met std78.9%67.8%
2012Reading7th Grade% met std73.2%68.2%
2013Reading7th Grade% met std70.1%47.8%
2006Writing7th Grade% met std43.9%46%
2007Writing7th Grade% met std60.3%50.4%
2008Writing7th Grade% met std64.4%57.5%
2006Mathematics8th Grade% met std80.8%60.7%
2007Mathematics8th Grade% met std79.8%65.1%
2008Mathematics8th Grade% met std84.6%68.2%
2009Mathematics8th Grade% met std93.5%80.4%
2010Mathematics8th Grade% met std> 95.0%83.9%
2011Mathematics8th Grade% met std> 95.0%84.4%
2012Mathematics8th Grade% met std93.4%85.2%
2013Mathematics8th Grade% met std42.4%34.2%
2006Reading8th Grade% met std> 95.0%86.9%
2007Reading8th Grade% met std> 95.0%87.9%
2008Reading8th Grade% met std73.6%54.2%
2009Reading8th Grade% met std82.7%66.6%
2010Reading8th Grade% met std85.3%69.5%
2011Reading8th Grade% met std85.6%69.8%
2012Reading8th Grade% met std84.7%71.1%
2013Reading8th Grade% met std54.1%41.0%
2008Science8th Grade% met std66.3%51.7%
2009Science8th Grade% met std86.5%67.6%
2010Science8th Grade% met std87.5%72.8%
2011Science8th Grade% met std87.3%74.9%
2012Science8th Grade% met std86.9%77.3%
2013Science8th Grade% met std60.5%59.1%

Some data by SchoolDigger.com.

School District Fiscal Information

Total Revenue:$27,055,000$11,217 $28,289,000$11,289 $29,851,000$11,543 
Total Expenditures:$26,348,000$10,924 $26,164,000$10,441 $26,946,000$10,420 
Total Current Expenditures:$25,234,000$10,462 $25,236,000$10,070 $25,461,000$9,846 
Instructional Expenditures:$15,152,000$6,28260.0%$15,283,000$6,09960.6%$15,445,000$5,97360.7%
Student and Staff Support:$2,728,000$1,13110.8%$2,693,000$1,07510.7%$2,861,000$1,10611.2%
Operations, Food, Other:$4,350,000$1,80317.2%$4,294,000$1,71317.0%$4,279,000$1,65516.8%
Total Capital Outlay:$436,000$181 $229,000$91 $565,000$218 
Construction:$165,000$68 $174,000$69 $318,000$123 
Total Other:$9,000$4 $20,000$8 $41,000$16 
Interest on Debt:$475,000$197 $602,000$240 $755,000$292 
Total Salary:$15,788,000$6,546 $16,197,000$6,463 $16,547,000$6,399 
Instruction/Teacher Salary:$10,371,000$4,30065.7%$10,802,000$4,31066.7%$11,075,000$4,28366.9%
Other Salary:$5,417,000$2,24634.3%$5,395,000$2,15333.3%$5,472,000$2,11633.1%
Total Benefit:$4,756,000$1,972 $4,504,000$1,797 $4,292,000$1,660 
Instruction/Teacher Benefit:$3,164,000$1,31266.5%$3,020,000$1,20567.1%$2,878,000$1,11367.1%
Other Benefit:$1,592,000$66033.5%$1,484,000$59232.9%$1,414,000$54732.9%

* Polk County Schools was rated 5 out of 5 by USA.com. The ranking was calculated based on publically available historical Math and English performance data.

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