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.

2016-2017 School Calendars

The school calendars for 2016-17 are available at the link below.

The first day of school for students at the Early College will be August 10, 2016.

The first day of school for all other students is August 29, 2016.

Academic & Athletic Accomplishments

Polk County Schools maintains two websites for sharing student academic an athletic accomplishments.

Below you will find a short description of the most recent stories.  To see the whole site, click on the links above.

Polk Ranked #3

Polk County Schools Ranked #3 in NC

Based on the percentage of students meeting the Grade Level Proficiency standard, Polk County ranked as the 3rd highest performing school system in NC for combined student performance on both End of Grade and End of Course tests.   

2014-15 Test Results

2014-2015 State Test Results

On September 2nd, the NC State Board of Education released the results for the 2014-2015 End of Grade & End of Course state testing. The links below provide access to the official state reporting.

High School Broadcasts

Polk County Schools will be streaming the following End of Year events online.  Click the links below at the appointed time to view the events.

PCHS Underclass Awards  -  May 29th  - 9:00 AM

PCEC Graduation  -  May 30th  -  11:00 AM

PCHS Senior Awards  -  June 9th  -  7:00 PM

PCHS Graduation  -  June 10th  -  7:00 PM

PCHS - Ranking

PCHS Ranked #36 of NC's 591 High Schools

Polk County High School received a Silver Medal by US News and World Report on their most recent ranking of US High Schools.  Schools were awarded medals based on their student's performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

PCHS was #2,190 of the nations 21,000 high school schools.  This places Polk County High School in the top 10% of the high schools in the nation.  Congratulations Wolverines!

For more information, please click the links below.

7th Grade Immmunization

Students entering 7th grade during the 2015-16 school year must receive the following immunizations.
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Bacterial Meningitis (Meningococcal)
Linked below is a letter from the Rutherford Polk McDowell Health Department explaining the requirements for 2015-16. 

Book Club

Mother/Mentor Daughter Book Group  2014-15

Polk Central School fifth graders pose with copies of the book Missing May, by Cynthia Rylant. Supported by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation,  books from the Rotary Club of Tryon, and donations from local restaurants, fifth grade girls and their mothers/mentors meet to discuss books they have read together. So far this year, girls and their mothers/mentors have met to discuss Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine, 11 Birthdays, by Wendy Mass,  and Missing May, by Cynthia Rylant.

The purpose of the book group is to develop the leadership of girls and women. The girls read award-winning books, talk about the books with their mothers or a female mentor, then enjoy literary camaraderie with girls and women.   Andrea Walter, fifth grade teacher, says, “I am amazed at how articulate the girls are in a group of 25 people! They speak confidently about big ideas from the books and about their personal connections with a character’s struggles.” 

A key component of the group is the role of the mothers/mentors. They read the books, talk about them with their girls, and then spend these special evenings together. Reading youth books and discussing the challenges and joys of raising girls helps parents to keep track of what they really want for their girls as they move into the pre-teen and teenage years.  
Brooke Benfield, Title I Reading Specialist, notes, “This has been an excellent avenue for the mothers and daughters to have meaningful conversations as they identified with the characters in the books we read this year.”

SVE Grant

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books:   Tryon Elementary Vs. Polk Central Elementary

At the beginning of the year, Polk Central and Tryon Elementary announced the first Battle of the Books program for the county. The Battle of the Books program was offered to enrichment students in 4th and 5th grades.  In order to participate, the students were responsible for keeping up with required readings and deadlines. Throughout the year, students read and reported on challenging titles as they prepared to compete.
Students demonstrated their knowledge of the books in a team-based, game show-style battle on Friday, April 17th.  Polk Central hosted the competition against Tryon Elementary.  The competition consisted of ten rounds with twelve questions in each round.  Throughout the competition, the students were highly engaged and worked collaboratively in teams of six to answer the questions.  In order to insure the participation of all students, rotations were made after each round.  The Polk Central Battle of the Books team won the competition.  We are very proud of both schools and all that were involved in the success of this wonderful event. 

What is Battle of the Books?
Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program that encourages high quality and high quantity reading.  The required book list for the program consisted of eighteen, thought-provoking, titles.  The books were intended to get students thinking about new places, time periods, and/or points of view. 

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.

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

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.

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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