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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Piedmont Community Charter School is an above average, public, charter school located in Gastonia, NC. It has 1,245 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 59% in reading.
Address
2970 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28056
Telephone
(704) 349-4640

Piedmont Community Charter School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
59%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1090
17 responses
Average ACT
22
18 responses
AP Enrollment
22%
Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    B
  4. Good for Families
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$43,003
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$781
National
$949
Median Home Value
$135,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.5 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Homecoming
    24%
  • Spirit week
    24%
  • Prom
    18%
  • Penny wars
    12%
  • Pi Day
    12%
  • Spirit Week
    12%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,245
Free or Reduced Lunch
19%
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$35,392
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.2%
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.10 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.10 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$6,570/ year
National
$12,239
60%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
20%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
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Piedmont Community Charter School has given me a very comfortable home for the past four years. Small in student body size, classes are intimate and there is a sense of community. The school provides many options for the arts that most typical public high schools do not facilitate. PCCS certainly makes do with what it has, in terms of sports. As an arts-focused student, I would love to have some members of administration more focused or understanding of the arts, as I sometimes feel there is a disconnect between administration and the arts teachers/students. I feel that oftentimes, students are not fully aware of changes to the school dress code, as administration can be fickle about making changes under the radar and reporting students. I have seen some issues with enforcement of these policies. However, these issues are minimal and do not affect the daily life of students to a distracting level. Overall, Piedmont Community Charter School is a very good place to learn.
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The three S's you must know about this school: small, safe, and stable highschool environment! The size and layout of the school is not so much intimidating as it is convenient and simple and the small school size makes for an easily controlled and safe environment!
My overall experience at Piedmont Charter has been pretty good. However, in recent years there was a change in administration and not a good one. They focus more on dress code than on academics and have a habit of charging into classrooms unannounced and without knocking in the middle of class time. There is a very strict dress code that I would advise any incoming students to read very thoroughly because administration may try and change it halfway through the year. The teachers at Piedmont are great and because of the smaller environment of the school teachers form closer bonds with their students. In all honesty, my only serious complaint is with the administration.