About Us

Polk County Early College
1545 East NC Hwy 108
Columbus, NC 28722
FAX:  828.894.2971 


Director: Mary Metcalf Greene



School and Community Information
Early college high school is a bold approach, based on the principle that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges. Early college high schools blend high school and college course in a challenging yet supportive program, compressing the time it takes to complete the requirements for a high school diploma and the first two years of college, if so desired.

Polk County Early College High School began in 2007 in a single classroom at Polk County High School with 12 part time students.  In 2008 the school grew beyond the classroom and moved into the former Polk County Library in downtown Columbus. 

Students are selected to attend Polk County Early College based on an application, academic records, and academic references. 

Polk County Early College High School is a member of North Carolina’s New Schools Project.  We are a virtual high school (majority of courses are online) in participation with North Carolina’s Virtual Public High School.  All Polk County Early College High School students are enrolled in a college preparatory course of study, as prescribed by the State of North Carolina Board of Education and Polk County Board of Education.  


  90-100   A
 89-80  B
 59-0  F
PCEC does not rank its students.
Director ~ Mary M. Greene
Technology / Facilitator ~ DeShannon Briscoe
Math Teacher/ Facilitator - Lisa Obermiller
Science Teacher / Facilitator ~ Linda Sutton 
Social Studies Teacher / Facilitator ~ Matt Roberts
English Teacher / Facilitator ~ Heather Wright