School Details

Polk County High School

1681 NC 108 Highway East, Columbus, NC 28722
(828) 894-2525

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 680 students 12 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English I, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Polk County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Polk County High School is a public high school in Columbus. The principal of Polk County High School is Mrs Mary B Feagan and can be contacted at 680 students attend Polk County High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 44% of the 680 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Polk County High School is 12:1. Polk County Virtual Early College is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 83% 79%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 6%
Multiracial 2% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.4%
Asian 0.4% 0.3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3% 0.2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 63%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is the best school in the world and I love the teachers (most of them). I'm so glad I go to this school. It'd be cool if we had a swim team though.. and a pool or something like that.

  • (7 years ago)

    All of the students and teachers are really helpful. We have many different clubs from a hackey sack club to FFA to HOSA and many others. Our athletics is very good. The teachers are always willing to help you if you need and education always comes first. And besides all of that its location is so beautiful. The atmosphere around it is really pretty and nice.

  • (7 years ago)

    Our decision to let our son be educated in the Polk county school system was truly the best decision we've ever made. From pre-school until his 2007 graduation we were pleased every year. The integrity of the teachers and the principles as well as their interest in the children's success is all any parent could ask for. The programs offered in the classroom and on the sports fields were impressive with both what was offered and the results. We're very proud to say that our child graduated from Polk County High. Because of the fine education he received there he is now attending UNC @ Chapel Hill which anyone will tell you is not an easy thing to do. Our gratitude to the staff of Polk Central and Polk High School cannot be measured. But they are to be congratulated for the outstanding job that they are doing.

  • (8 years ago)

    I attend PCHS and I love it. They have Theater Arts and Future Farmers of America programs. They are also very into sports but education comes first.Teachers also help the students out if the students or parents ask for it.

  • (8 years ago)

    PCHS is awesome! There are activities there that you can't find at other schools (school farm ischool dual enrollment...). Most of the teachers are very caring and the faculty is very student oriented. It is a safe and clean environment. I teach at PCHS but live in another county. My children will attend PCHS because it is far superior to any surrounding schools (and I have attended and taught at nearby schools).

  • (8 years ago)

    This is the best school around academically and athletically. Both of my children attended PCHS and they thoroughly enjoyed the school. It is set in a beautiful enviroment with peaceful surroundings.

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