National reviewer ranks Polk County Schools among state’s top districts

Polk County Schools remains one of the top public school districts in North Carolina according to a national website.

For the second straight year, has listed Polk County Schools as the second-best school district in the state. Niche uses a proprietary rating system to rank all districts and schools across the United States.

Only Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools ranked higher on the list of the state’s top districts. The remainder of the top five districts included Union County Public Schools, Watauga County Schools and Asheville City Schools.

Niche also ranked Polk County Schools as the safest school district in North Carolina as well as the best place to teach and the school district with the best teachers. The district also ranked first in all three areas last year.

“We are always pleased to receive notification that Polk County Schools has earned high ratings from an independent reviewer such as Niche,” said Polk County Schools Superintendent Aaron Greene. “The success we achieve results from the tremendous effort of our staff, hard work by our students, and support and involvement from our families and community.

“Polk County is a special place. We have a community that values education and provides both fiscal and material resources to us so we can do our best for our students.”

Other Western North Carolina school districts as ranked by Niche included:

  1. Yancey County Schools
  2. Henderson County Schools
  3. Macon County Schools
  4. Rutherford County Schools
  5. Transylvania County Schools

“I believe programs such as preschool and after school, the hiring of extra teachers to reduce class size at all grade levels, and dedicated effort on the part of all our educators to develop and maintain strong relationships with our students and families set us apart,” Greene said. “It takes a significant amount of additional funding to do these things for students and we are fortunate Polk County sees the importance of providing these extra resources.

“These rankings and related recognition are about Polk County as a collective, not just our school district, and should be shared by our entire community.”

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