Students enrolled 1181
School leader Mrs Jennifer Purdee
Transportation options Yes
District Piedmont Community Charter

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119 East 2nd Avenue
Gastonia, NC 28052

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4 stars
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November 01, 2014
I have 1 graduating this year, 1 8th grader with some special needs, and I have a 3rd grader. I can say that I love this school. The homework is huge but my kids have been challenged from day 1. My oldest has had the opportunity to take college credit courses in 12th grade. My 8th grader has needed lots if help bc he has autism. The teachers have stepped up to the plate and he is excelling. My 3rd grader is usually bored because she is so smart. This school has challenged her and I couldn't be more pleased! I would highly reccomend this school to any parent.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2014
My 3 kids have been at PCCS for the past 11 years. You can not find a better school anywhere in the county. The teachers and staff care about the kids well being and are committed to their success. My children have thrived at PCCS. They offer a wide range of advanced curriculum and fine arts classes.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2014
This is a absolutely fabulous school. I've been going to piedmont since kindergarden (currently an 8th grader) and I have love every year. They have a great core knowledge program and they offer lots of clubs and needed tutoring . But Overall I love this school to death

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2014
My children have both been here since Kindergarten. We have had a great experience so far. I am constantly impressed with the level of instruction. The teachers all seem to know and care about all of the kids. Parents are involved and invested in their kids which enhances the educational experience for all of the kids. Any time there is an issue, the teachers are very responsive. I cannot envision my kids going anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
I have been very disappointed with this school. My son attends the elementary campus. We have no free time due to all the homework that is assigned. I feel the parents do more work than the teachers and their test scores are not so good. Only 90% of the teachers are highly qualified. He has had two great teachers since attending the school. I am considering other schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
The teachers don't care about the students. The teachers witness bullying and just watch while no discipline or punishment is done. There's no cafeteria, students have to bring their own lunch. There has lately been more fights, causing in suspensions.

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2013
I love the diversity of the student body at Piedmont Charter School. There is an emphasis on the arts that my daughter loves--music (chorus, strings), art and art appreciation, etc. There are top notch educators who really care about their profession. I highly recommend Piedmont!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
I am very happy with choosing to send my children to PCCS. It's a challenging school with lots to offer the children. The curriculum is one that keeps the children learning and engaging in their school work. I am happy that they wear uniforms and on some occasions let them wear jeans and such. The teachers and staff are the best in this county and they ultimately care for the children's progression and their education. They want nothing more than to see our children succeed and that's all I can ask for as a parent.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2013
My child is a rising 6th grader and has attended PCCS since kindergarten. She was actually enrolled in a "public" school, we had all paperwork/testing completed, then I found PCCS and immediately enrolled her. She isn't so fond of the uniforms, but that isn't as big of a deal at this point (and I LOVE uniforms!!). I have never regretted the decision for her to attend PCCS and fully support the school and staff in all endeavors. My husband is a 6th grade public school teacher and was using the same material in his classroom as our daughter had in 3rd and 4th grade! It blew our mind to compare the work level, but also confirmed we made the right decision in PCCS. I really do love this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
Let's be fair here. Gaston County has horrible schools. Let's face it. We pay very little in property taxes, very little in taxes in general, and they're cutting teachers left and right. Some schools are hiring teachers in for substantially less than what they paid for college for a year. It is a noble profession, but it seems in Gaston County, it may be the noblest. Then you have the parents, who have really done a horrible job teaching their kids how to act. So if you are a teacher who has decided to keep their job, you're constantly babysitting or even worse, in danger. It is no coincidence some high schools in the area have less than a 50% graduation rate. Those being said, PCCS does an OK job compensating. PCCS is not without fault. There is no lunch room. Kids bring their lunches or parents visit with lunch in the classroom. This could also be looked at as a positive. The school programs are minimal and little or no sports. This is OK as the YMCA and other organizations have picked up some slack. The school is constantly fundraising. This gets annoying. The subject matter is on par with what I would expect. The teachers are above average. I like the kids wear uniforms.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2013
Piedmont is an awesome school. The teachers and administrators love the students. If you have a problem they will help you and your student solve it. The students are well behaved.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2012
I have a granddaughter entering the 2nd grade and one just entering kindergarten - we are so very pleased with both the curiculum and the teaching staff!!

- submitted by a community member
August 15, 2012
One of the best schools I've ever ever been to, the people are so nice

- submitted by a community member
July 10, 2012
I am a parent of a rising second grader at Piedmont Charter. I could not be more pleased with the school. The cirriculum is diverse and challenging. The staff is awesome and the parent involvment is unbelievable. My son learns things that other kids do not learn until fifth or sixth grade. I would recommend this school to any parent who wants their child to receive the best education possible. E. Rhyne.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2011
This school is simply amazing! PCCS urges the children to succeed with more challenging work that stimulates their minds and helps them grow. My son is in First Grade and he brings home challenging spelling words, advanced reading, and sometimes algebra! He is already on a third grade reading level and can finish his math homework with NO PROBLEM! The teachers and staff are wonderful and the parent involvement is superb!! This school should be rated more than a 6!!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
I like the way the school is set up. The kids do not not wear cloths with labels on them, and I think that is great. This way nobody knows how much or how little you spent or wear you bought them.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
PCCS is a good school. It is head and shoulders above the other elementary schools in the district. Yes, I am a little biased.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating February 05, 2010
I know ALOT about PCCS! Our family has been there since the ribbon cutting! SUPER GREAT in the beginning! Not so good now. Classroom sizes are doubled, and the teachers are overwhelmed with only a handfull of full-time assistants. I think PCCS needs to have a cut-off on enrollment,( more like Highland Tech.) Focusing on what really works! Patience, kindness, structure, and most of all, leaving NO child behind! And, it IS true ' if you and/or your child make waves (become 'LABLED'), being pushed out is an understatement! Safety is my #1 priority for my kids, so we are not going anywhere. We are just going to keep our faith, and do alot of praying for a more positive school experience at PCCS.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
Our school is a great School because we have great teachers who care, and lots of parents, who volunteer their time to help our school grow.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
They really care about the students and they make sure thay have the tools to learn

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2009
Great school, with good parent teacher communication.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2009
This is my oldest second year, and my sons first. We were pleased with school last year, however this year, my son went from student of year in pre k, to what his teacher says is a behavior child. Granted this is coming from a sub, his regular teacher said he was doing great, right before moved to 2nd grade. They cut ten teachers hours in half, and do not have a art teacher anymore... The teacher assistants are teaching art. This is crazy. My children will not be attending next year there. Also if you don't pay for the holiday parties... They don't participate. And when i was in school it was parents brought in the goodies for the kids.. Not that it was pay or nothing at all!!! last year was awesome.. Hannah teacher was awesome... But this year, has been a total let down.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating October 03, 2008
What is the answer for a watered down traditional public school education? PIEDMONT COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL! This school has a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum that begins in KINDERGARTEN! Both of my children attend PCCS and I am overwhelmed with the knowledge of rich world and U.S. history, literature and engaging math. They are being taught in a way that will set them a part. Even their art education is advanced-not only do they learn about the elements of art but about the artists like VanGogh, Michelangelo, da Vinci, Chagall and many more. Starting in kindergarten students even start to learn Spanish as a second language! This is the school for parents who want their child engaged and prepared for college.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2008
Our son has started his second year (1st grade), and we conld not be more pleased wiht the cirriculum and especially the teachers both this year and last. I can not see him or our other son (2yrs old) going anywhere else. When I see him interacting with other kids his age that go to other schools in the area, it blows me away how much he stands out from them in general behavior, atttitude, awareness and conversational skills. At this early age the impressions that Piedmont has made on him have made his mother and I very pleased. Thank you to the teachers and staff at PCCS. R. Jacobs

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 07, 2008
I love this school. My daughter has been attending since 2003 and my son since 2006. The teachers do a wonderful job, and my children are light years ahead of everyone in our neighbirhood,

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June 10, 2008
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April 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2008
I am a parent of a second grade student that has been with PCCS since kindergarten. I am also the director of BLAST After School Care and can say that the Elementary grade teachers are great. My son has loved going and has been challenged. They typically learn things that are beyond their grade level. I have been well satisfied.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2008
i have 2 girls in this school. i'm struggling however with the thought of removing both of my children from pccs due to frustration with the teachers. both of my girls have had the same k teacher, mrs. kearly, she is by far a top notch teacher who goes above and beyond the call of teaching for these kids. however that was the only good year my girls had. it's been way down hill since. i also have discovered the teachers here do not have to have a teaching degree!! what's that about!!! all the teachers do there is teach to the state test(eog's), how can a child learn when they're just being tought how to answer test questions all year. what are ther really learning? this is very diff from when i went to school. shocked and dissapointed parent

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2008
The high school falls below expectations. It is very important that Gaston County have a quality alternative to the traditional public schools. The violence and drugs in almost all of the GCS high schools is a real concern to many parents, so they need a safe yet qualified alternative. PCCS high school is fairly safe, although they've had their share of violence and drugs, even for the small population. Because of it's small size and transitional facilities, they don't offer enough classes, or the classes at the right time. The clubs are based on how many students are interested. And the college prep is zilch. My child graduates in the first graduating class but will have absolutely no scholarships, period. All of the college tours have been cancelled due to lack of interest, yet this is supposed to be a college prep school.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 07, 2008
If there were no stars or a negative rating PCCS would receive that from me and my family.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
Above board, superior in every fashion, disciplined and integrity above 5 stars.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 13, 2007
This school is not intersting and does not have any life it is soo boring and it needs a bigger facility ( not loray mill) it also needs more sports and clubs to choose from a lot of other studnets and i do not look at this school as a normal school. I need some life I really want out of this school but i live in a bad district. This school needs to care about the high schoolers just as much as they do the younger studnets this is and excellent school for your elementary student not high schooler or middle schooler.

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October 07, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
excellent staff, communication, and academically gifted administrators and teachers.

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April 25, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
I really do't like this school it don't have sports and I'm not coming back here next year and that's not the only reason why I'm leaving this school is only about the appearance and not for the after school activitys that would help the school. the involvement with the parents wuold be greater if they had sports and other opportunitys for them to be there to watch thier children play in sports.

- submitted by a student
January 04, 2007
I have been a parent at this school from the beginning. I have really been pleased. The communication between teachers, administration, students and parents is commendable. I have a three children attending PCCS in the following grades 2nd, 4th, and 10th. I know most of the teachers on a personal base and have always been pleased with everyone my children have had. The academics at our school is outstanding and above the rest. I love the uniforms the students wear it makes everyone feel like they are on an equal level with one another. I would recommend our school for anyone looking for a school that is academically challengageing.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2006
I love the school it has such a close network of teachers. Mrs. Morgan placed a very positive role model to my daughter. The parents that assist along with the teachers are very helpful and the teachers are happy for the assistant.Thanks. -Sharon Isenhour, parent of now a sixth grader been at the school since first grade.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2006
My child has been attending PCCS since kindergarten and will be in the third grade this year.She is much more advanced than most kids I know in her grade level and my praise goes to PCCS for that.I have read some of the comments from other parents.There are those parents who aren't happy and blame facilities,other kids,or even teachers for the problems their children face.PCCS teaches the parents as well as students that the more they are accountable for their own problems the more their kids will flourish.The teachers are very personal.I have had teachers e-mail,send cards,write letters,call and invite her to church,(over the Summer)and offer to take her home from school.I have been called for conferences and have been through trials with my child but only because WE want the best for her. We all have troubles and problems and we all have to accept it and move on. Great teachers. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2006
I have been very happy with PCCS.My child is special needs.They are willing to work with my child.Give her the extra help she needs.They have kept me update on her progress.Gaston day wasn't willing to help her .My son will be going this coming year.Daughter is very happy there.I like it that the class rooms are smaller.Uniforms are the best thing to have in a scool.No children are picked on because of there clothes.They do not tolerate bad behavior.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2006
Ii am a middle school student and i have been here sence the very start I am not too thrilled with this school but it is better than a public school I basicalley dont dont like the students and staff but overall it is a pretty good school they have gotten me depressed once or five times but I get happy afterwards because jesus cheers me up well anyways this is a great school for your kids if they are obidiant and respectful. thanks,M.W. p.s. see you next year.

- submitted by a student
March 18, 2006
First of all I am not a parent, I am a student. I am currently finishing up my first, amd last year at PCCS. Parent involvement is encouraged, but not enforced the least bit. It is a better school for the lower grades. Trust me,I am a student in the 8th grade, Iknow exactly what goes on during the day at PCCS, and the answer is not much quality teaching.

- submitted by a student
April 04, 2005
My daughter has attended Public, Private, and now PCCS. I think that this school is great. It offers a challenging curriculum! I am so glad that she was able to get in this year, and look forward to her sister attenting next year. If you are looking for a school with awesome teachers, great students & involved parents, you've come to the right place! PCCS is the Best!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2005
I love this school, my child has attended for 3 years. Parents must volunteer 4 hours a month, so you are always aware of their progress. Also, they have a fine arts program, including, art, spanish, music, as well as band and chorus for the older grades. Kids wear school uniforms, and no labels are allowed, so no child will be picked on for not having designer chlothes. The teachers, and staff are very involved and interested in every child. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2005
We have been with Piedmont Community School since day one. I have seen a lot of good and bad changes. Children are held accountable for thier behavior. The school does not tolerate bullying. My children have been challeged by the teachers to think and to create. The school does lack in providing for my EC student. One middle school teacher does not do a good job and parents complaints have not changed the situation. I have also have noticed that if a parent starts making waves the family soon moves on to another school. I have also notice that children who may not make a good grade on the EOG are told 'maybe this isn't the school for your child' and encouraged to leave before the school can be held accountable. My children have been at the school for 5 years and I was told that this year. I AM NOT!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2005
My two children have have attended, Robinson, Gaston Day, St Michaels and PCCS so there is a basis to compare. PCCS is the leader of the pack. PCCS maintains focus on core curriculum children need to succeed in the community. The teachers, and the school, hold the children accountable for the learning and their behavior. They quickly address any issue that may impact your childs learning. Most importantly, they communicate with parents with the truth. I've heard from the teachers when there may be issues. When my child was struggling time was spent afterschool with the teacher to get it extra help. Free of Charge to me. I never saw that in any of the other schools- including the ones charging tuition! I've seen an immediate impact on my childs abilities from the Music, Art and Spanish Programs! Parent involvement is evident everywhere you turn.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2004
I have three children, one is attending the charter school and the other two will as soon as they are old enough to start school. My son is reading 4 grade levels above his grade. The charter school allows him to work on things to keep him challanged, where as public school holds them back by forcing them to do the same work as everyone else. I think alot of this is contributed to the small classes there for the teachers have more one on one time with the students. The teachers also help the students that are behind to try to get them caught up. I would reccomend this school to anyone with children of any age and any stage or special need. I know when children look forward to school there must be something special and my son looks forward to every weekday morning.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2004
my kids have been at this school for 4 years. this is the best school. the teachers really care about the students education. as a parent I do not have to worry about waiting until report cards to know if my children are doing good or bad. I do not worry about peer pressure, as far as, clothes. my oldest has been to private and public schools and the charter school is the best.

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Piedmont Community Charter School
119 East 2nd Avenue, Gastonia, NC  28052
(704) 853-2428
Last modified Piedmont Community Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Piedmont Community Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top