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Polk County Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 525 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 29, 2013

Needs better staff at the top. Principle utz attacked my son with a smear campaign although he has never been in trouble at the school. Never had a detention, suspension, complaint from a teacher. Oh yes that's right, Mrs. Sage said they don't like his hair and the way he expresses himself with some body art. How mature and professional they are. Maybe they should be going to school there instead of working there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2012

Polk County Middle School is without a doubt one of, if not THE best middle school I've encountered with 4 children and 11 grandchildren. Whomever said they are not sporty....is just wrong. They're all about sports and they are GREAT. The staff and faculty is AMAZING.....LOVE YOU PCMS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2012

Polk County Middle School is a wonderful school! It is a "small town" school that you gotta love! Many people make all A's and the teachers are great! Yes sometimes the food is gross but this school is safe and drama-free. There are cameras in every classroom and room except the bathrooms and locker rooms. The bus's are very safe and have cameras also. The only reason people would not like this school is because they don't like to get in trouble. The teacher's and staff are very involved with the students and the athletic department has many awards. I recommend this school! -a student


Posted March 7, 2010

PCMS is a great middle school. As with all middle students, the students are going through many changes. This makes this age group of students more challenging than the elem or hs. They are coming from very small schools and sometimes have difficulty with the transition. For the most part most PCMS rise up to meet the challenge and are quite happy. Those that have parents that are more hovering may feel some apprehension. The school has a great band, athletics, bridge competition, student gov't, peer helpers, Battle of the Books and many other opportunities for students to excel. Our test scores are ranked near the top for middle schools in the state.


Posted August 16, 2009

My son has gone to this school for 2 years now and he seems to like it and is doing well grade wise. He likes that it is a new school and has plenty of room, and he loves the cafeteria. I have another son coming in to the school this year. I will have to see what my opinion is after he has been there for a few months. Hopefully the same!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2009

My child left 5th grade at Saluda Elementary LOVING school and after half a year at Polk Middle School, she now hates school. What does that tell you? She likes most of the teachers and makes straight A's, but the drab, rigid, prison-like atmosphere and the CRUSHING load of homework has taken all the fun out of learning for her. I think it is a shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2008

This school is a pretty good school besides some of the teachers at this school. The food is not that good and the education is ok. Some of the teachers have favorites and treat others different then others. So I would watch it when you come to this school. Anyway the sports are not so good because they dont really check for sporty people. So if you want to go to a school with a losing team and get treated wrong that is the school for you. But the Volleyball team was good in 2008-2009. GO WOLVERINES!


Posted December 4, 2008

Polk County Middle School is a pretty good school they have there ways of teaching some better than others but they always get the job done and will help you pass in any way The basketball team is going to dominate in 2008-2009 GO WOLVERINES! Ms. Burroughs did a good job with volleyball team and i want to point it because she is a good coach
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2007

Polk County Middle School is the best school ever!! I attend this school and I'm in the band! The band is the coolest one in the country!! People in band are cool!!
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students57%
Female61%
Male55%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities17%
Non-disabled students66%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female59%
Male56%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students68%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students53%
Female52%
Male54%
Black8%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students59%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students70%
Female74%
Male66%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities17%
Non-disabled students76%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Academically gifted-95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students42%
Female46%
Male38%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities9%
Non-disabled students48%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students54%
Female56%
Male51%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities26%
Non-disabled students58%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Academically gifted-95%

Science

All Students61%
Female53%
Male70%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities39%
Non-disabled students64%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
Academically gifted-95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 36% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
English II

The state average for English II was 51% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, 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.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students77%
Female82%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students76%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Academically gifted-95%

Biology

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled studentsn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a

English II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled studentsn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, 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.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 52%
Hispanic 11% 14%
Black 6% 26%
Two or more races 4% 4%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 0% 3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 59%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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Mill Spring, NC 28756
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