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Piedmont Open IB
Middle School
1241 East 10th Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
Courier #: 497
P: 980-343-5435  |  F: 980-343-5557 
LC: Central 2
Bell Schedule: 9:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Grades: 6-8
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A few of the many accolades Piedmont has earned.  For details follow the Celebrating Piedmont ​Blog.​


Piedmont ranked A+ school 3rd year in a row, the only CMS middle school to earn this distinction.

Piedmont named Nationally Certified Demonstration Magnet School , one of only 10 schools in the nation to earn this designation.

Jackie Barone named the 2017 Administator of the Year by National Association for Gifted Children

Lisa Newburger named 2017 Outstanding Media Coordinator

Orchestra teacher Julia Winegardner selected to play with Luciano Pavoratti.

 Spanish teacher Clay Kennedy designated a FLANC (Foreign Language Association of North Carolina) Incredible World Language Teacher


Piedmont wins $75,000 from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation​ for the Library

Piedmont Ranked A+ school 2nd Year in a Row​

Piedmont Science Olympiad 2017 National Champions in Crimebusters, Dynamic Planet and Hovercraft.

Piedmont Science Olympiad State Champions, 7th in Nation

Piedmont 8th Grade  Orchestra wins SUPERIOR rating at Grade III level- included a SUPERIOR rating at sight reading!


Piedmont Sets new record at 2015 Science Olympiad ​in Nebraska - ​​2 Gold Medals​​ Simple Machines 

and Solar System

Piedmont Science Olympiad National Win: Crimebusters team 1st in Nation 2016 Science Olympiad in Wisconsin

Karen Gorman, Susie Palgut and Lisa Newburger win North Carolina Technology In Education Society NCTIES

 Technology Innovation Team Award

Piedmont IB 7th and 8th Grade Orchestras win Excellent rating at Grade II level

Piedmont IB 7th and 8th Grade Orchestras- Excellent at Grade III level- included a SUPERIOR rating at sight reading

Piedmont Named 1st Global Ready School in NC​.​​

Matt Cramer 

Learn NC (Globally Competent Learning Continuum)

2015  Governor's Teacher Network Research Grant

Previous Years: 

David Milligan

2010 Central Learning Community Teacher of the Year

2012 Coach of the YearNorth Carolina Music Educators Association Orchestra Music Performance Adjudication Awards

Piedmont IB Orchestra- 2015 SUPERIOR rating at Grade II/III level (we actually got straight superiors, so above a 90 from all three judges)

Simple Machines team 1st in Nation 2014 Science Olympiad​ in Florida

Piedmont named ​​  National MiddleSchool of the Year​ by the National Association of MiddleSchool Principals

Principal​​ Guides Higher Achievement​ at Piedmont IB​

Piedmont Students Walk 5 Miles to School, Raise $5,000

Piedmont student thrives in the land of opportunity

A prize we were not expecting

Piedmont students learn healthy living - one beat at a time

Science Olympiad  and Science Olympiad​

Piedmont named Blue Ribbon School

 Piedmont IB Middle principal wins leadership ​award​

Board of Education Superintendent Calendars/Schedules School Safety