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.  In 2014 we moved to our new larger facility next to Polk County High School. 

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

Polk County Early College partners with Isothermal Community College allowing students to graduate in four years with a High School Diploma, as well as a two year Associates Degree. The majority of are classes are taught live with face to face instruction; however you will have to take some online courses. The staff at Polk County Early College is able to assist you with you online course work. 


  90-100   A
 89-80  B
 59-0  F
Director ~ Mary M. Greene

Polk County Schools/ ICC Liaison-  Rachel Goettert Staton
Technology / Facilitator ~ Josh Money
Math Teacher/ Facilitator - Rob Livingston

Science Teacher / Facilitator ~ Linda Sutton 
Social Studies Teacher / Facilitator ~ Matt Roberts
English Teacher / Facilitator ~ Karen Rhodes