We are very proud of our students, our schools, and our communities. The Polk County school district consists of 3 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 2 high schools serving  a population of 2,800 students.

Polk County Schools Mission Statement

The mission of the Polk County Department of Education is to help each child acquire the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary to become a productive citizen.

Polk County Department of Education
131 Stephens Street
Benton, TN 37307

Benton Elementary School
215 School House Hill Road
Benton, TN 37307

Copper Basin Elementary
206 Cougar Drive
Copperhill, TN 37317

South Polk Elementary
964 Old Federal Road
Old Fort, TN 37362

Chilhowee Middle School
216 School House Hill Road
Benton, TN 37307

Copper Basin High School
300 Cougar Drive
Copperhill, TN 37317

Polk County High School
7200 Hwy 411 N
Benton, TN 37303

Bradley/Polk Adult Education—contact Zoe Renfro at 423.473.8473.


Cleveland State Community College
Dr. Bill Seymour, President; 3535 Adkisson Dr; 423-472-7141. Ccomprehensive two-year community college operating within the governance of the Tennessee Board of Regents and approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). Cleveland State is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate degrees, which are available in over 40 fields of study.

Tennessee Wesleyan University
204 E College St, Athens TN. Tennessee Wesleyan College is a four-year liberal arts institution associated with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. TWC offers over 30 majors in its traditional day program. It also offers bachelor of science and bachelor of applied science degrees in general management and accounting in its evening program, designed for working adults.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
The university offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and over 35 undergraduate minors. It also offers over 20 graduate programs including the highly ranked masters program in Industrial and Organizational Development, Psychology and Ph.D. programs in Education, Computational Engineering, and Physical Therapy.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Athens
Programs of study include automotive technology, business systems technologies, electronics, industrial maintenance, machine tool technology and welding, pharmacy technology, practical nursing and administrative office technology.

Lee University
1120 Ocoee St NE, Cleveland TN. Private, comprehensive university offering over 100 baccalaureate degree programs within 50 majors with over 100 individual programs and accredited graduate programs in five areas of study. Lee is emerging as a leader in higher education in the Southeast region and continues to be ranked in the “Top Tier” in the South by U.S. News & World Report (Comprehensive Medium-Size Universities). Since the year 2000, Lee has also been listed in the Princeton Review ranking of “Best Colleges” in the South. Over the past two decades, Lee has become one of the largest Christ-centered private institutions in Tennessee and the largest in the Appalachian College Association. The university is a fully accredited liberal arts institution.