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An Argument for Learning: Piedmont Open Middle School

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Charlotte, NC

Students are chosen for Piedmont (and all CMS magnet schools) through an open lottery. Principal Dee Gardner, formerly Piedmont’s schoolwide Instructional Coach, describes how Piedmont students learn to apply Argumentative Literacy, an element of the Common Core curriculum, in all subjects, even music.  Teachers David Milligan and Megan Whiting illustrate a particularly dramatic use of this Common Core skill.

Download Piedmont’s 2011 National Blue Ribbon School application:

Read transcript for “An Argument for Learning: Applying a Common Core Standard across the Curriculum


Contact Information

Current Principal: Ms. Deirdra Gardner
Piedmont Open Middle School
1241 E. 10th Street
Charlotte, NC 28204-2048
Telephone: (718) 965-4200
Web site/URL:


Student Demographics


Number of Students 6-8 928
Students eligible for subsidized meals 44%
Limited English proficient students 1%
Students receiving special education services 2%
Student mobility rate 3%
White students 16%
African American students 68%
Asian student 6%
Students of two or more races 4%
Average daily student attendance 96%



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