Polk County Schools is a public school system in Western North Carolina serving approximately 2,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 13.  Our seven schools include one early college, one high school, one middle school and four elementary schools, all located in a small, mostly rural county in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.  Polk County students are recognized locally and at the state and national level for their high academic performance on both State and National Assessments.

PCHS Plant Sale

Polk FFA Plant Sale 

The Polk County High School Agriculture and FFA Program will start its annual plant sale April 1st.

Sale times are Monday through Friday 8:30-4:00 PM and will be open during the Polk County Schools Spring Break.

Flowers and vegetables are available in singles, six packs and flats.  Additionally, there are assorted varieties of hanging baskets for sale. 

If you need additional information about the plant sale please call (828)894-2525 or (828)817-0528.

Updated Calendars

Polk County Schools will be using March 6, March 9, April 3 and April 27 as snow makeup days.  

At their April meeting, the Polk County Board of Education will be approving updated 2014-2015 school calendars.  Until that time, the calendars linked below should be considered Draft Calendars.

Addams Family

The Addams Family at PCHS

They're creepy and they're kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They're all together ooky, The Addams Family

Polk County High School will present ‘The Addams Family’ a new musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Adams.  Performance dates are March 27, 28 and 29. Friday and Saturday evening performances will be at 7 pm and a Sunday matinee at 3 pm.  Adult tickets are $8, student tickets are $4.  Performances will be held in the Polk County High School Auditorium.

China Trip

Student Trip to China

Polk County Schools will be hosting a student trip to China in April of 2016.  For more information about the trip, click on the link below.

New Board Member - Jim Patterson

New Board Member - Jim Patterson

On Monday December 8th, Jim Patterson was sworn in as the newest member of the Polk County Board of Education.  Jim has over 40 years of experience in education in both North and South Carolina.  Jim has a strong commitment to Public Education and is committed to working to improve Polk County Schools.

Cowan Reception

32 Years on the Board of Education

On Monday December 8, 2014, the public is invited to a "Punch & Cookies" reception for retiring Board Member James W. Cowan.  The reception will begin at 5:30 PM at the Stearns Education Center.  Following the reception there will be a presentation by the Board of Education in appreciation of Mr. Cowan's service to the community.  Mr. Cowan has served on the Tryon City and Polk County Boards of Education for over 30 years.

TFAC - B.I.G. Grants

Tryon Fine Arts Center - B.I.G. Grant Recipients

The Be Inspired Grant (B.I.G.) program is designed to help teacher support creativity in the classroom.  The following Polk County Teachers received TFAC - B.I.G. Grants.   

Tryon Elementary           Clara Rogers
Polk Central                    Sarah Schladenhauffen
Polk Central                    JJ Waddell
Polk Central                    Andrea Walters
Polk Middle                    Denise Kennedy
Saluda Elementary        Ginger Rackley
Sunny View                    Julie Maziarka

2013-14 School Accountability

2013-2014 School Accountability Results

At their September meeting, the State Board of Education released limited information about the performance of NC students on State and Federal assessments.  The full release of student performance indicators will happen later in the year. 

To see how Polk County students performed, click on the link below.

2014 PCHS Football Schedule

The PCHS Wolverines will start their season with the Wolverine Jamboree (Scrimmage) on August 11, 2014.  To see the full Varsity and Junior Varsity Football schedule, click on the link below.

2014 PCHS Volleyball Schedule

Under the direction of their new coach, Molly Corhn, the Lady Wolverines will take on West Henderson in their first match on August 19th.  Click on the link below to see the full schedule.

Polk County Wolverine sporting events will be broadcast online at www.teamline.cc   Once you are on the site enter  Polk County   in the search box to be taken to the Wolverine broadcasts.  If you can not access the events online, you can also hear the broadcasts using your phone for a $5 fee.  

Annual Announcements

At the beginning of each academic year, Polk County Schools is required to provide students and their parents with certain annual notices.  Below is the link to the 2014-15 Annual Notices for Polk County students and parents.

May Board Meeting

Board of Education Meeting
The May meeting of the Polk County Board of Education has been moved to May 26, 2014. This is a change from the normal meeting on the 2nd Monday of the month.

The May meeting will consist of a Board Training Session from 12:00 PM until 4:30 PM, followed by the Board Meeting beginning at about 4:45 PM.

If you have any questions about this change, please contact Polk County Schools at 894-3051.

2014-2015 Calendars

2014-2015 School Calendars 

At their April meeting, the Polk County Board of Education approved the 2014-2015 School Calendars.  Like last year, the Board adopted one calendar for Polk County Early College and a separate calendar for all of the other schools.  Click on the link below to see or print the Calendars.

Super Saturday

Super Saturday - Drumming Circle

As part of the Super Saturday activities, middle and high school students participated in a drumming circle. The drum circle is funded through a grant provided by the Tryon Fine Arts Council.

PCMS Bridge

PCMS Bridge Building Team

A little wood, a little glue and a lot of ingenuity have brought recognition in recent years to the PCMS model bridge building team. When the team won the western regional division of the NCDOT's annual competition March 14, it was for the third year in a row.

April Board of Education Meeting

Board of Education Meeting
The April meeting of the Polk County Board of Education has been moved to April 28, 2014.  This is a change from the normal meeting on the 2nd Monday of the month.

The meeting will be held in the Stearns Education Center Board Room at 6:30 PM.

If you have any questions about this change, please contact Polk County Schools at 894-3051.

Marsha Davis

Congratulations Ms.Davis! 

On March 7th, Channel 13 recognized Polk Central's 4th grade teacher, Marsha Davis, as a "Thanks to Teachers" winner.   Ms. Davis was recognized for her commitment to her students and her willingness to help each child be successful.

PCMS - Hot Air Balloon


7th graders at Polk County Middle School recently participated in Hot Air Balloon day. 7th graders studied layers of the atmosphere and then focused on the troposphere where we live. In the unit, they studied the factors that make up the weather including air pressure, temperature, humidity and different forms of air pollution.  PCMS thanks Bonnie Lingerfelt with REMAX who sponsored the balloon.  

High School - Math I, II, III

The brochure linked below introduces the new North Carolina mathematics pathway; Math I, Math II, and Math III.  The brochure was designed to help students and parents understand the transition from the Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II sequence to the new Math I, II & III sequence.

Read to Acheive

In July of 2012, the NC Legislature passed the Excellent Public Schools Act.  A component of this Act is the NC Read to Achieve initiative.  The goal of the Act is to ensure that all student leave 3rd grade with the Reading Skills necessary for success in school.  To learn more about the act and its requirements, click the link below.

Polk County ACT and SAT Results


Polk County Schools recently received the results of the 2012-13 administration of the national ACT and SAT assessments.  Polk County students continued to score well above the state and national average on these assessments.

SAT:  Polk County students ranked 6th in the state with a combined score of 1549.  The NC average score is 1479 and the national average is 1498.

ACT:  Polk County students ranked 6th in the state with a combined score of 19.9.  The NC average score is 18.4 and the national average is 20.9 .

Recent News

  • Saluda - PCHS Farm

    To kick-off Saluda Elementary's annual Read-a-thon, all students in grades PreK-5 visited the farm at Polk County High School.  Students learned about the PCHS Agricultural Education program by rotating through stations led by students in Mr. Barber's 4th period Horticulture II class who taught them about the hands-on activities that teach the high schoolers about welding, animal science, carpentry, and horticulture.  Elementary students were particularly interested in the school's goats, baby chicks and cow because the money raised from the Read-a-thon will be donated to Heifer International.  Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth.  

    Posted May 7, 2013, 6:13 PM by Dave Scherping
  • PCHS FFA - State Champions

    The Polk FFA Land Judging Senior Team won the NCFFA State Land Judging Competition on April 6th and will be headed to the National Land Judging Competition in Oklahoma on May 2nd.
    The Junior Team was state runner-up in the junior land judging competition.

    Posted Apr 18, 2013, 4:17 PM by Dave Scherping
  • AdvancED Surveys
    As part of our District Accreditation processes, Polk County Schools is conducting the following Student & Parent Surveys.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete the survey.  If you have any difficulty accessing the survey or have questions about the survey you may contact Aaron Greene at (828) 894-3051.  

    On the survey, you will select the school you, or your child, attend.  This will ensure we direct the results to the appropriate location.  Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous, so your honest opinion is appreciated.  Paper copies of the survey are available upon request at each Polk County school site.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey and giving us your opinions and thoughts.  The link to the Surveys are found below:

    Posted Sep 10, 2013, 7:21 AM by Dave Scherping
  • Strategic Planning Input
    This form will allow parents or other community members to submit ideas, opinions, and feedback relative to the topics discussed at the Strategic Planning meetings held at each school.  Please feel free to offer any information you feel will help this process in the appropriate boxes under each "topic."  We are looking for big ideas and suggestions around these areas but welcome and appreciate any input you are willing to provide.  Thank you for your participation.

    Posted Apr 18, 2013, 4:14 PM by Dave Scherping
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